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

Here's a handy guide for moving your favorite plants inside once the weather turns cold.

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10 Space-Saving Secrets for Your Landscape

Make the most of your landscape with these tips, tricks, and techniques.


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    • Scale It Down

      Patio furniture can quickly eat up a small deck or patio. Keep your outdoor living accessories on the small side to make the most of your space. However, don't be afraid to use color to make an impact and keep them from feeing too tiny. Here, the startling red chairs helps distract from their small, simple design.

    • Select Narrow Varieties

      While a full-grown spruce can get more than 50 feet tall and 30 feet wide, columnar varieties such as this get no more than 6 feet across. Look for these upright (often called fastigiate) types to save space.

    • Grow Up

      Espalier -- an old French way of growing trees on a horizontal plane -- looks and sounds complicated, but is actually pretty simple. While it takes a bit of extra time shaping them when they're young and keeping them pruned, but you can pack in apple, pear, or other trees you may not normally have room for.

    • Make It Portable

      Big container gardens make a big impact but can also take up a big amount of space. Use smaller, portable containers (such as these hanging on a deck rail) to provide color where you need it most.

    • Hide Clutter

      A clean yard, just like a clean house, feels bigger. Try the old trick of hiding clutter behind a screen to keep your landscape neat and tidy. This simple bamboo screen is an elegant way to hide tools, wheelbarrows, and other items.

    • Trick the Eye

      Like the garden on the other side of this lattice? It's actually in front of you. Hang mirrors in strategic places to double the impact of your favorite blooms.

    • Do Double Duty

      Look for clever combinations to save space. Here, a stylish container for a garden hose has a lid so it doubles as a birdbath when not in use. Watch for such products at your local garden center or get creative and make some yourself!

    • Hang It Up

      You can grow a water feature with a couple of fish and a water lily in any good-sized water-tight pot. But if space is tight, try hanging a fountain on your wall. It takes up virtually no space, and fills your space with the lovely sound of trickling water.

    • Layer It On

      Layered cakes are an irresistibly tasty treat. Take advantage of the concept in your garden for an equally delightful result. Here, three layers of container plants fill a tight space with lots of color and provide a greater impact than just one set of pots would on any of the three levels.

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      Look for Wasted Space

      In small spaces, every inch counts. Look for creative ways to add plants or garden décor. Here, planters with ivy geraniums decorate an otherwise bland privacy fence. Though they're small now, by the end of the season they'll grow together and form a lush curtain of color.

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      See how two great gardeners -- one on the East Coast and one on the West -- created knock-your-socks-off fall yards -- and learn how you can do the same.
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