If you love blue flowers (and who doesn't?), one of the most popular must-have plants for your garden is hydrangea. These versatile shrubs produce giant ball-shape flowers that look stunning in the landscape surrounding your home, as specimen plants in your garden, and make gorgeous (and easy!) bouquets.See More
We've pulled together this collection of top gardens sent in from you -- our readers. Check them out for ideas and inspiration!
Reader noonenca9 from New York has created a stunning garden that combines shrubs, perennials, and annuals. Mix plants to create beautiful borders -- there's no rule that says you have to plant all perennials together.
Test Garden Tip: If you're not sure where to start, pick a couple of big, bold plants and use them as focal points -- then fill in around them.
Can you imagine how wonderful this garden archway is when the roses and honeysuckle are in full bloom? Reader pearl28 from Connecticut shared this amazing garden vignette.
Test Garden Tip: If your climate is too cold for climbing roses, try moonflower, sweet peas, or sweet autumn clematis instead.
Fences are often the least expensive and fastest way to create privacy. But they're not always pretty -- unless you dress them up with plantings, as reader grkgreenen8 in Washington shows.
The natural look is hot, and here reader kimberlymarciniak in Michigan shows off a stunning summertime combo that features red bee balm, golden gaillardia, pink phlox, and more.
Make a statement with your potting bench, as reader containernut in Florida did. This bench is shielded from the sun by a pergola, which is decorated with hanging baskets. The paved surface makes for easy cleanup. Plus, when you're not using it, the potting bench is a convenient spot to display some of your favorite plants.
Use a mix of big, tall perennials and shrubs to create a wonderful border for privacy, as reader krisi.schmidt did in Connecticut. Encourage neighbors to do the same, and make it more fun by combining borders so they flow into one another.
Put in a water feature to make your yard feel extra-special. Reader pterbusk in New York surrounded this pond with banks of easy-care summer-blooming perennials, a bridge, and even a gazebo.
Color is the first thing to catch our eye -- but don't forget about texture and shape. Reader drosone3 in New York, created this fun combination with a weeping evergreen, mounding pink azaleas, and globelike alliums floating on tall stems.