Hard- and softscape elements complement each other in this sunny bed.
- Stone columns define the edges of a slim garden bed.
- A wood fence provides the flowerbed with a bright backdrop.
- Planted at regular intervals, ravennagrass offers wispy foliage.
- Large patches of Shasta daisy accent the color of hardscape elements (such as the fence).
- Purple asters lend pops of color to the space.
Gorgeous Garden Bed
Foliage and trees fill a gently sloped site.
- Many trees do best under the warmth of full sun.
- Curves in this sunny garden bed soften the squares and angles of the house behind it.
- Sun-loving beds aren't just for flowers; consider ornamental grasses, which often demand full-time rays to reach their full height.
- Lavender and black-eyed Susans provide pops of color in the garden bed.
- Plants conquer the gentle slope of this site, filling what would otherwise be a boring garden vista with graceful foliage and blooms.
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A Tower of Plants
Tall flowers play up color and foliage.
- An open spot in a lawn provides a good spot for tall, sun-loving flowers.
- Most ornamental grasses love full sun. A bonus: They offer good structure during winter months.
- If plants need more day-to-day maintenance, such as daylilies that require deadheading, put them in front to enable easier access.
- Many flowerbeds include plants that gradually transition from short to tall, but this flowerbed offers dramatic height all the way throughout.
- Dahlias and lilies supply bright pops of hot color.
A lovely collection of plants adds beauty to a yard.
- Place plants with contrasting colors -- hot purples and pinks versus pastel oranges -- in separate areas of a garden.
- Edging can be formal or informal; the former, shown in this sunny bed, provide a neater border for a garden.
- To draw winged visitors, offer a moving source of water, such as this pretty birdbath.
- Patches of annuals, such as petunias, fill in empty spots in a mostly perennial bed.
- Strategically placed stretches of boxwood break up large expanses of flowers.
Bend in the Bed
A rippling flowerbed dresses up a garden.
- Undulating curves create a gentle edge to both the border and the beds in this garden.
- In place of a hardscape material, a stretch of lawn serves as walkway.
- A castor bean adds vertical height to the flowerbed.
- Repeating plants, including delphinium and phlox, supply visual consistency.
- Annuals such as snapdragons add welcome bursts of bright color.
Pretty in Pastel
A casual cottage garden distinguishes itself with a loose collection of plants.
- Places to sit or display are often separated or surrounded by flowers; here, a table nestles naturally within a bevy of plants.
- Glass cloches are used to shield plants from cool, early-season temperatures, but later in the year, they provide an interesting hardscape element for a garden.
- Tall flowering shrubs, such as butterfly bush, supply vertical interest and draw wildlife, too.
- Another good addition to sunny gardens: herbs, which work well either planted in-ground or in containers.
- Clusters of pastel plants, including zinnias, coneflower, and cosmos, provide color without being too overwhelming.
Purples and yellows supply a flowerbed with subdued color.
- Narrower beds are easier to access from both sides, making them easier to maintain.
- Repeating plants and colors, shown here in a planting of cranesbill and coralbells, fills a pretty flower border.
- Mounding plants maintain a view of the rest of the garden.
- To create a more casual appeal to the garden, flowers and shrubs are left to grow in a natural pattern.
- The foliage of bearded iris offers vertical visual interest to the garden.
Geometry supplies beauty in this stately garden.
- A series of squares and rectangles lends calming visual interest.
- Use sculptures and stately containers, such as the patterned pieces in this space, to reinforce your garden's design.
- A long metal bench provides a spot to enjoy shrubs and trees.
- Site tall trees and shrubs to shield house facades from view.
- Showy flowers dress up most sun-loving gardens; this one relies on elegant compositions of shrubs to define interior spaces.
A show-stopping collection of sun-loving plants supplies front yard brilliance.
- A parking strip is the perfect place to include add flowers.
- Give a garden bed presence with an edging material that provides vertical support.
- Nearly hidden by showy foliage, lower-height stucco walls offer terraces for plants.
- Many flowers -- iris, verbena, freesia, daisies -- do double duty: Pretty blooms outside can be cut and brought indoors.
- Pops of color brighten the ivy-covered front facade of this house.
Blooms brighten a slim space between sidewalk and fence.
- A sunny spot is a good spot for a trellis planted with a climbing rose.
- Matching containers planted with bright annuals flank a home's walkway.
- Chosen for their height, flowering plants don't obscure the fence.
- Grouping flowers in threes is a common planting rule of thumb, but alternating plants, as this border does, also offers a visually appealing design.
- Lights cling close to the ground, supplying security and highlighting flowers.