Your Best Gardens
We've pulled together this collection of top gardens sent in from you -- our readers. Check them out for ideas and inspiration!
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Create Cottage Style
Reader S.Sikorski (Z3) in Ontario, Canada, shows she's a master of cottage style. Her mix of salvaged materials, soft colors, and old-fashioned plants creates a lush, gorgeous garden.
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Soften Your Patio
Reader petunias3524962 in Wisconsin gave her patio a skirt of colorful flowers -- adding interest and fragrance. Plus, it makes the patio feel like more of a landscape feature because it's better separated from the lawn.
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Containers are perfect for adding a touch of color anywhere in the yard -- even the lawn -- because they're so portable. Reader par.3 in New York added whimsy to her garden with this fun planter.
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Go Bold with Color
Don't be afraid of color -- take a cue from readers like kyredbird in Kentucky and make strong reds sing against a background of green. The black arbor creates a distinctive focal point.
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Fill It with Flowers
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.
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Celebrate Spring in Style
A collection of gorgeous iris and other spring-blooming plants makes merrybelle's spring garden in Tennessee a remarkable sight. Mix several varieties of your favorite plant to get a similar explosion of color in your yard.
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Select Soft Colors
Reader derondaadams created this stunning garden filled with soft colors in Tennessee. It's a perfect retreat from the hassles of everyday life.
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Take Time to Rest
This great summertime garden, full of fragrant roses, floriferous daylilies, and hot pink phlox, also features a bench so reader scames728 in Connecticut can sit back and enjoy the gorgeous garden.
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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.
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Add Interest with Structures
A white arbor is the perfect way to accent just about any garden. Here reader jarhomes in Minnesota shows how great it looks against a backdrop of blossoms and fall colors.
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Enhance a Fence
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.
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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.
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Make Use of Every Space
Side yards are commonly overlooked as great garden spaces. But reader drosone3 in New York created a serene haven in this long, narrow space.
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Create a Haven
Create lush plantings around a bench and you have the perfect garden hideaway, as reader diane.petals in Michigan did. This lovely bench is next to a pergola-covered water garden.
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Use Soft, Flowing Lines
Reader vesna.maric shared this stunning shot of beds and borders. The irregular curves give the garden a soft, welcoming feel -- as do plants such as the ornamental grass and fluffy pink heads of phlox.
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Pot Up in Style
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.
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Create Privacy with 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.
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Turn a Problem into a Solution
A dead tree might seem like an eyesore, but reader kstamborski in Wisconsin turned it into a piece of garden art with a coat of purple paint and some fun decorations. The tree continues to provide a habitat for birds -- and even looks good in winter.
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Add a Water Feature
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.
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Keep It Simple
Create a soothing, peaceful garden retreat with Asian-style design. Reader vilma bautista's garden looks like the perfect place to meditate.
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Note Plant Shapes
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.
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Break It Up
Create interest in a big yard by breaking it up with beds and borders. Reader jrtite in Indiana punctuated this large lawn with fun plantings that add color and interest all season long.
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Make the Most of Your Space
This lovely front yard garden from reader Jim/ArtofGardening.org in New York is a great example of how to make the most of a small space. The colorful plantings add color and character all year.
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This Texas garden from reader katiegianotti is all about fun with its great color and texture. Painting garden objects like the statues and birdbath, is a great way to keep your garden colorful, even when your plants aren't in full bloom.