10 Tips for a Beautiful Yard

Need to add variety to your garden or add color year-round? We've got you covered. Try some or all of these ideas to spruce up your yard.
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1. Plant No-Fuss Lilies
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Crinums laugh at drought, don't need fertilizer, and welcome hot, humid summers with lily-like flowers that perfume the air. Growing into huge bulbs over time, they're practically indestructible. Crinums do best in the Lower, Coastal, and Tropical South (zones 8-10).

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2. Grow Blooming Shrubs
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Chinese snowball is one of spring's showiest shrubs. White flower clusters 6 to 8 inches across festoon its branches in late spring. The plant gets big-12 to 20 feet tall and wide. Though it looks like a hydrangea, it's actually a viburnum. Make sure you plant this in a prominent spot where it will have room to grow.

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3. Deer-Proof Your Garden
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To keep your flowers from being gobbled up by deer, choose flowers that people find glorious and deer find disgusting. Choose perennials like butterfly weed, globe thistle, 'royal red' butterfly bush, or purple cornflower. Find these at garden centers, and plant them in well-drained soil.

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4. Enjoy Color Year-Round
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A great thing about gardening in the South is that we get treated to colorful flowers, leaves, or berries in every season. Look for these each season:

Spring: azalea, daffodil, forsythia, mandevilla, dogwood, wisteria, bearded iris (pictured), peony
Summer: hydrangea, daylily, gardenia, crinum, lantana, crepe myrtle, impatiens, zinnia
Fall: pansy, aster, sugar maple, beautyberry, ginger lily, sasanqua camellia, holly, autumn crocus, mum
Winter: winterberry, Colorado blue spruce, amaryllis, Lenten rose, rosemary, flowering quince, crocus

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5. Hide Outdoor Structures
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Sheds, garages, and outdoor workspaces are not always the most attractive in your yard. Use these spaces as a setting for a beautiful display of plants and flowers. Try adding brackets and a wooden plank to create a shelf on the exterior of the structure above the entrance or windows. Then, set lightweight fiberglass planters filled with flowers atop it to hide the structure. Potted ferns are great additions for the base of the structure.

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