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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How to Plant Around a Pond

Create a natural-looking pond edge by carefully tucking in plants alongside weathered rocks to camouflage the pond liner. As seen in Country Gardens magazine.

By wedging plants into the crevices and letting them spill around, the pond appears to be nature's own work. Here's how to create this look:

Tools and Materials:

  • Gloves
  • Compost
  • Tropical ferns such as Nephrolepis and Asplenium nidus
  • Hand trowel

Step 1

Add compost to amend the soil, building up the pond's edge to disguise the liner and hold plants firmly in place.

Step 2

Remove the fern from its container and shake excess potting soil from the roots. Where space is limited, wedge the plants into crevices and between rocks. Reducing each plant's footprint results in a natural look.

Step 3

Using a hand trowel and taking care not to damage the liner, dig a hole and insert a fern into the hole.

Step 4

Firm the fern into position, pulling the compost in the hole and covering the roots. Be sure to water thoroughly after planting. Keep the newly transplanted fern moist for several days immediately after transplanting.

Learn more about ferns.


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