Garden Pictures That Inspire
Scenic Country Garden
A large country garden has room to spread out -- and include a number of elements. This backyard space features a pond, a meandering path, and leafy and flowering shrub borders. The space also includes a potting shed, greenhouse, and teahouse. Perennial borders overflow with lush perennials, bulbs, trees, and shrubs that offer color and texture in every season.
Step into a petal-packed courtyard! In this photo, a brick-edged gravel path is brightened with flowering begonias. A fountain at the center leads the eye into the garden and to the house. A crisp, boxwood hedge surrounds symmetrical gardens on each side of the walkway. Elegant, structural, and peaceful!
Beautiful and Edible
You don’t have to have a large space to have a beautiful garden. In this photo, a gorgeous container garden displays a variety of horticultural riches: deciduous shrubs that lend year-round appeal are interplanted with a crop of cabbage and kale. Matching containers pull the look together.
A Slice of Magic
Who says you can’t do a lot in a small space? This narrow backyard space is transformed into a series of spectacular spots. In the center of the garden, two fountains are surrounded by neatly clipped boxwood beds packed with pink-blooming begonias. The walkways lead to a seating area beside a big-as-life chessboard. And columnar shrubs add height to the low-growing garden.
Color-Packed Woodland Garden
This flower-packed woodland garden is alight with color in spring when the azaleas burst into bloom. These popular, shade-loving shrubs are interplanted with ferns and Erythronium. The mix of colors and textures is thrilling!
Cottage Garden Style
A front yard as beautiful as a bouquet of flowers! Blousy and carefree, this cottage garden favors old-fashioned flowers such as climbing roses, big-ball hydrangeas, and fragrant lilies. Cottage-style elements include white picket fences, arbors smothered in flowering vines, and plenty of romantic flowers from spring through autumn.
Nature-Enticing Water Garden
One of the best reasons to install a water garden is to enjoy the wildlife it lures in: birds, toads, and frogs. The homeowners in this lovely backyard water garden have also stocked their pond with graceful koi -- large orange, white, yellow, and black fish -- to offer a relaxing diversion.
Beds edged in clipped boxwood and filled with symmetrical plantings are often found gracing the great castles and estates of Europe. But this style is also a beautiful way to organize and enjoy any space. In this garden, boxwood beds are filled with variegated English ivy, pansies, and white-leaf Senecio cineraria.
Fabulous Front Yard
This flower-filled front yard is low-maintenance and eco-friendly. Low-growing, mounding perennials offer a patchwork of color year round. Drought-tolerant sedums and succulents create a beautiful but casual mix of easy-care perennials.
A textural treat! Dry-area landscaping offers an awesome array of shapely plantings. Cacti, succulents, and Southwestern natives are drought-tolerant and easy-care. If you live in a cool climate, you can still enjoy the charms of these textural plants in containers; bring them indoors before cool weather sets in.
Imagine strolling along this breathtaking hedge of spring-blooming bridalwreath spirea (Spiraea prunifolia). Bridalweath spirea has a host of other great features; it’s deer proof, fragrant, and drought tolerant. Its arching branches are filled with round flower clusters. Lovely!
Smothered in Roses
Often called the Queen of Flowers, roses are revered for their sumptuous blooms and sweet fragrance. And what a welcome entryway plant for a home! In this photo, a white arbor is smothered in rose blooms. Popular pink climbing roses include ‘New Dawn’, ‘Old Blush’, and ‘Madame Alfred Carriere’.
A garden bench at the end of a path is a classic way to organize a garden. In this photo, a pathway edged with blooming perennials and grasses leads the eye to an ornate white bench -- the perfect vantage point to enjoy the garden view. So simple, yet so elegant.
Ah summer! Perennials, annuals, and roses launch into full bloom in this gorgeous garden. Flower borders accent the backyard's structures: a rose-swathed pergola, a crisp-clipped evergreen hedge, and a focal-point formal fountain.
This garden, at the edge of a woodland, features a gorgeous blooming border of daylilies and purple coneflower. A stone edge adds a rustic look to the border, and also makes it easier to mow alongside. A garden ornament -- a large bird feeder -- entices woodland birds to land for a quick snack.
A colorful garden border relies on a mix of blooming perennials and shrubs. In this garden, a Japanese maple anchors the garden on one end, while russet-color Joe Pye weed picks up the burgundy hue elsewhere. Color repetition adds beautiful consistency to the border.
Perfect Perennial Border
Repetition of color and texture move the eye along this bountiful border. Phlox,Cleome, and sweet alyssum add brilliant spots of color. Ornamental grasses add soft texture.