Outdoor Living

Let the sunshine in with our favorite outdoor living ideas, including ways to decorate your patio and easy grilling tips and guides to host the best backyard parties.

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10 Best Fire Pits for Every Backyard

These top-rated fire pits instantly turn ordinary yards into neighborhood hot spots.


11 Succulents That Will Attract Pollinators

Succulents provide food and nectar for pollinators. Watch a bee, butterfly or bird land on a succulent and witness a...



What’s a Bottle Tree—and How Do I Make One?

Bold, recycled and ideal for anyone with a not-so-green thumb, bottle trees are a Southern tradition with deep roots.

How To Garden with Perlite Potting Soil

Perlite, a natural wonder born from volcanoes, is an inexpensive soil additive that will help your garden plants grow faster...


This Is Why Southern Homes Have a “Joggling Board” on the Front Porch

These rocking benches have a rich history in South Carolina.

How to Propagate Succulents from a Cutting, Leaf or Pup

Ready to grow your collection of houseplants? Learn how to propagate succulents to create brand-new plants for free.


Spray-Painted Mums Make Gorgeous Christmas Decorations—Here’s How

Don't toss out your dead mums from October. You can transform them for the holidays with a can of spray...


How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter in Two Days

For a healthy spring landscape, spend a fall weekend preparing your garden for winter. It's easy with our straightforward, how-to...


How To Close Down Your Vegetable Garden for the Winter

While fall winds down, there's still some garden winterization to do. Here's how to handle your final harvest, plus tips...

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7 Perennials You Should Divide in the Fall

Get more plants for less by dividing perennials at the right time.


17 Holiday Door and Porch Decorating Ideas

The most wonderful time of year is (almost) here. Prepare to welcome guests to your home with these dazzling holiday...


Do Bees Need Water in Winter?

We're bee-lovers here! Learn how to help thirsty bees in winter so pollinators make it through to spring.


If You See a Purple Porch Light, This Is What It Means

People use colored lights to bring awareness to a plethora of different issues. Here's the meaning of purple porch lights.


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10 Perennials You Should Cut Back Every Fall (And 5 to Let Be)

Winterizing your garden includes trimming back some perennials and leaving others until spring. Our experts tell you what to do...

If You See a Green Porch Light, This Is What It Means

What does a green porch light mean? You may see them around your neighborhood for a very specific reason.


Should You Mulch in the Winter?

See if winter mulching is right for your garden.


Here’s What to Do with Your Pumpkins After Halloween

Your kids will love to help chuck the leftover pumpkins!