Holiday-Inspired Outdoor Decorating that Lasts

Dress up your front porch and yard with these holiday outdoor decorating ideas that last from the first days of fall through the New Year. They look great on a porch or just outside your door.

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Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

Make the outside of your home as ready for the holiday season as the inside with these outdoor Christmas decorating ideas. Our holiday decorating ideas, including beautiful Christmas greenery, festive light displays, and more, are sure to get your yard Christmas-ready.

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Grow Beautiful Amaryllis

Amaryllis flowers are easy to grow from bulbs and great for adding color to your holiday decor.

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Deer-Resistant Shade Plants

Gardening in the shade where deer are plentiful can be a challenging situation. But there are plants that thrive in the shade that aren't tempting to hungry deer. Although no plant can be considered completely deer-resistant, here's a list of shade dwellers that most deer avoid. Plus, we've added some fun facts about deer that might help you understand them better.

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Shrubs with Winter Interest

A winter landscape has a beauty all its own. An unexpected plant feature -- winter blooms that perfume the air, bright berries, colorful or textured foliage or unusual bark -- add a welcome element to gardens. These winter shrubs will not disappoint.

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Tips for Moving Plants Indoors

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Landscape the Corner Lot

The corner house, bordered on two sides by cars and pedestrian traffic, needs careful landscaping to guard from being an island in a sea of lawn.


Privacy is a major concern, too, with the exposure in all directions making usable outdoor living space hard to define.

If left open, the lawn on a corner lot all too often becomes a shortcut from one sidewalk to the other. Such lawns may pose great dangers, too: Balls and children are much more apt to run into the street.

To solve many of the problems associated with a corner lot, plant a hedge along the entire side street and the largest part of the front yard. Such a hedge screens the house from the view of passing traffic. It also absorbs noise, blocks headlights at night, and provides a barrier for children playing in the yard or passing by it. Planting the hedge near the sidewalk, instead of against the house, helps break up the expanse of lawn.

To further absorb noise and visually separate the house from the street -- plus stop shortcutters -- establish a front-yard focal point in the corner where the two streets intersect. An ornamental tree surrounded by shrubs and flowers often works well. To help expand the house into the site, widen the front-entry walk.

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In the after photo, a hedge along one side yard and part of the front now shields the homeowners from public display. Trees across the back and a fence along a portion of the hedge bring added privacy.
Check out these flowering hedges for beauty and privacy.

The planting circling the tree near the corner gives a focal point for the front yard. A wide front-entry walk helps tie the house to the site.

Off-street parking for an extra car uses otherwise wasted side-yard space. The back section on that side has become a service area. A pavilion and a larger patio yield better outdoor living facilities.
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