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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No-Fuss Garden Plans

Enjoy a beautiful garden with less work thanks to these ultraeasy, no-fuss garden plans.


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    • Drought-Resistant Garden

      You won't have to worry about dragging the hose to water this garden during the summer. Stocked with heat- and drought-tolerant plants such as sedum, feather reedgrass, and euphorbia, it'll look good all summer long.

      Garden size: 10 by 16 feet

    • Beautiful Heat-Resistant Garden

      This garden stays looking great, no matter how high the mercury rises. Tuck this low-care garden into a corner of your yard for a big display of summer color.

      Garden size: 15 by 9 feet

    • Curbside Garden

      You count on native plants such as purple coneflower, baptisia, goldenrod, and aster to wow your neighbors -- with hardely any effort on your part.

      Garden size: 6 by 29 feet

    • Tough-as-Nails Garden

      Russian sage, lavender, and catmint are sure bets for an easy-care garden. These plants mix with others for a long display of color, texture, and fragrance.

      Garden size: 12 by 12 feet

    • Heat-Loving Garden

      Some plants shut down in hot weather. But the varieties in this design shine, so you can enjoy a brilliant patchwork of color no matter what the weather's like.

      Garden size: 8 by 17 feet

    • Corner Garden

      Cheery black-eyed Susan looks great with low-care cosmos, penstemon, butterfly bush, and more in this long-flowering design.

      Garden size: 11 by 11 feet

    • Drought-Tolerant Slope Garden

      Transform a tough-to-mow hillside into a wonderful display of color and texture with this design filled with easy-care plants.

      Garden size: 8 by 9 feet

    • Small-Space, Easy-Care Sunny Garden

      Enjoy loads of beautiful color all season long with this garden plan. It features no-fuss favorites such as daylilies and purple coneflowers.

      Garden size: 10 by 13 feet

    • Beat-The-Heat Summer Garden

      Even as the mercury climbs, this ultraeasy garden plan looks great -- all summer long.

      Garden size: 5 by 10 feet

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      Beautiful Drought-Resistant Garden

      Don't spend your summer dragging around a hose. This easy garden plan features a range of beautiful, drought-tolerant plants.

      Garden size: 33 by 24 feet

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      No-Fail Annual Garden

      Annuals give a big show of color through fall. We've picked some of the easiest annuals you can grow for this stunning garden plan.

      Garden size: 18 by 6 feet

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      Oceanfront Garden

      The ultratough plants in this garden plan hold up well to harsh, seaside conditions and look great through the year. Even if you don't live on the coast, this garden is virtually care free.

      Garden size: 14 by 9 feet

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      Carefree Curb Appeal Garden

      Add the romance of a cottage garden to your front yard for extra curb appeal. This easy plan offers favorites such as daylilies, nasturtiums, and Oriental lilies.

      Garden size: 9 by 11 feet

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      Carefree Late-Summer Garden

      Tuck this garden in a corner of your yard for a beautiful burst of no-fuss, late-season color.

      Garden size: 16 by 10 feet

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      Hot-Season Garden

      Sultry summer heat can leave a lot of gardens looking down. Keep your landscape looking fresh with this easy-care garden plan that features some of our favorite heat-resistant plantings.

      Garden size: 12 by 13 feet

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      Ultraeasy Perennial Garden

      Specially designed for beginning or time-constrained gardeners, this small garden plan features some of the best low-care perennials you can grow.

      Garden size: 14 by 6 feet

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      Low-Care Fall Garden

      End your season with a bang. This easy garden plan features mums, asters, and other low-work fall favorites.

      Garden size: 22 by 17 feet

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      Easy Slope Garden Plan

      Solve a tough-to-mow slope with this beautiful, low-care garden plan.

      Garden size: 17 by 17 feet

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