It's Time to Vote on Your Favorite Outdoor Spaces

Vote for your favorite stunning outdoor spaces in the HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards.

HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards

HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards

Tour amazing outdoor spaces created by the nation's leading landscape architects, then vote for your favorite.

April 1 is about the time every year that I start noticing all of the things wrong with my yard ... the weeds in the flower beds, the bare spot in the yard, the holes where my dog has gone foraging for critters. So every April I start bookmarking and pinning inspiration on how I'm going to fix these problems once and for all (never happens).

Bucolic Outdoor Space with Masonry and Stone Pavers

Bucolic Outdoor Space with Masonry and Stone Pavers

Using stone pavers and extending the stone wall into the landscape helps embrace the natural beauty of the landscape.

Photo by: 3Sixty

3Sixty

(Editor's note: this is not my yard; this is what I want my yard to be)

Gorgeous Gardens

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Old World-style Garden Design and Architecture with Stone Exterior and Perennials

Over 200 varieties of trees, shrubs and ground covers create an ever-changing palette of garden delight. Bringing the perennials and plant materials closer to the New Hampshire residence with a stone exterior embraces the natural beauty of the property.

Bucolic Outdoor Space with Masonry and Stone Pavers

Using stone pavers and extending the stone wall into the landscape helps embrace the natural beauty of the landscape.

Rustic Backyard with Fire Pit, Stone Pavers and Masonry Wall

Masonry walls and stone pavers lend a timeless feel to this expansive outdoor entertaining space. The residents and guests can gather at the round stone fire pit or in seating under the umbrella on the patio. The landscape design blends perennials and ornamental grasses.

Pastoral Backyard with Stone Stairs and Walls

The landscape design features well-crafted elements, such as the stone paver stairs and masonry walls. The slabs of stone serve as a pathway to a fire pit and a dining area underneath an umbrella.

Vibrant Perennial Garden

Over 200 varieties of trees, shrubs and ground covers means plants are in bloom no matter the season. These colorful perennials and flowering plants bring nature close to the home.

Blooming Perennial Garden with Stone Wall

A variety of perennials, flowering plants and ornamental grasses keep color in this outdoor space year-round. Planting trees just outside of the stone wall is a key element of this garden design.

If you have similar landscaping fantasies, I can, at least, help you with the inspiration part. We're hosting the HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards featuring 36 stunning outdoor spaces designed by the country's top landscape and outdoor design professionals. Do yourself a favor and go (now!) to the Ultimate Outdoor Awards and drool over the stunning waterfalls, pool decks, gardens and other landscaping and hardscaping features.

Seating Area on Deck With Fire Pit and Large Shade Tree

Seating Area on Deck With Fire Pit and Large Shade Tree

The trees in this space provide all the shade needed for this outdoor seating space. The warm tones of the wood and fabric complement the natural greenery of the trees.

Photo by: Jason Wells Photography

Jason Wells Photography

Outdoor Oasis

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Kitchen and Dining Area With Retractable Door

A retractable door enables this kitchen and dining space to open onto the deck. This genius design instantly turns the deck into a functional outdoor entertaining area with immediate access to the kitchen.

Photo By: Jason Wells Photography

Seating Area on Deck With Fire Pit and Large Shade Tree

The trees in this space provide all the shade needed for this outdoor seating space. The warm tones of the wood and fabric complement the natural greenery of the trees.

Photo By: Jason Wells Photography

Outdoor Seating Area Around Square Fire Pit With Greenery Backdrop

The leafy backdrop in this outdoor seating area creates a sense of intimacy. Have a seat and enjoy pleasant conversation around the fire pit.

Photo By: Matt Sartain Photography

Indoor Becomes Outdoor Eating With the Slide of a Door

Quickly convert your interior kitchen and dining into an outdoor space with this genius design. The door easily slides open for the quick transformation.

Photo By: Jason Wells Photography

Built-In Bench and Table Next to Outdoor Kitchen

Enjoy dinner at this charming built-in wood bench and table set. Your meals will be hot off the grill with the outdoor kitchen in close proximity to the dining area.

Photo By: Jason Wells Photography

Large Trees Incorporated in Steps Leading to Outdoor Pool

The large trees on the property were incorporated into the home's design. The shade provided by the trees keeps the porch and pool area cool.

Photo By: Jason Wells Photography

Even if you're not looking for inspiration for your own home, there are some stunning spaces that will whet your luxury resort wanderlust. (I'm looking at you, Water, Water Everywhere category.)

Contemporary Stone Patio With White Cushioned Lounge Chairs and Beach Access

Contemporary Stone Patio With White Cushioned Lounge Chairs and Beach Access

Neutral hues throughout the floor of this swimming pool patio create a beautiful patchwork of tones. The bright blue pool and green grass and trees add instant color to the space. Groupings of wood lounge chairs are padded with white cushions and small throw pillows.

Photo by: Ciro Coelho Photography

Ciro Coelho Photography

Water, Water Everywhere

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Gazebo Entrance With Vine-Wrapped Columns and Hanging Lantern

Ivy wraps up around the columns of this gazebo, giving it a cozy, cottage-style feel. A white exterior keeps the space extra bright and inviting in the sunny weather. Large potted plants frame the accordion door opening, and a hanging lantern fits the style perfectly and offers event lighting.

Photo By: Ciro Coelho Photography

Gorgeous White, Contemporary Home Exterior With Spacious Back Yard Pool Area and Lawn

This attractive home has stairs leading down to the swimming pool from its two main levels. The pool features groups of lounge chairs and is surrounded by a spacious yard.

Gazebo Outdoor Entertainment Room With Lanterns, Pool Table

Bright, colored lanterns bring a fun and playful element to this gazebo design. Accordion doors allow control over how open or closed the space is to the connecting patio and swimming pool area. Stylish neutral furniture features a collection of colorful throw pillows echoing the vivid lantern mixture.

Pool With Wood Lounge Chairs, White Pergola and Green Plants

A pergola provides partial shade over a row of wood lounge chairs sitting poolside in this bright backyard. Vase-like end tables separate the chairs and add a functional decorative touch to the patio. Vivid grass and healthy plant life create a bright frame around the water.

Contemporary Stone Patio With White Cushioned Lounge Chairs and Beach Access

Neutral hues throughout the floor of this swimming pool patio create a beautiful patchwork of tones. The bright blue pool and green grass and trees add instant color to the space. Groupings of wood lounge chairs are padded with white cushions and small throw pillows.

Stone Patio With Pool, Lounge Chairs and Gazebo at Twilight

Blue evening light accentuates the blue of the swimming pool in this stylish backyard. Warm light from the gazebo catches the eye. White cushions on the wood lounge chairs add touches of bright color in the cool setting.

Once you've checked them all out, make sure to vote for your favorite space in each of the six categories. Hurry, the vote closes on Tuesday, April 5. After the vote ends, we'll announce the top picks as well as the judge's choice for overall winner.

Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Detail View

Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Detail View

The natural materials for the outdoor kitchen compliment the silver and dark gray that appear in the travertine floor. The warm oranges of the dining chairs and metal fire place component reflect the warmth of the cedar in the pavilion.

Photo by: Trevor Boyle Studio

Trevor Boyle Studio

The WOW Factor

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Outdoor Living Room with Modern Steel Roof Structure

This outdoor living room is defined by a modern steel roof structure that shades the outdoor kitchen and bar seating. The pavilion doubles as a modern sculptural landscape element to provide a focal point for the backyard.

Photo By: Trevor Boyle Studio

Outdoor Kitchen Under Arched Pavilion

The curved roof structure defines the outdoor kitchen, bar and eating area. The cedar planks on the underside of the roof provide a warm material in contrast to the stone and travertine.

Photo By: Trevor Boyle Studio

Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Detail View

The natural materials for the outdoor kitchen compliment the silver and dark gray that appear in the travertine floor. The warm oranges of the dining chairs and metal fire place component reflect the warmth of the cedar in the pavilion.

Photo By: Trevor Boyle Studio

Detail View of Outdoor Fire Place

The corten steel curve creates a modern mantle for the outdoor fire place with a splash of warm color. The offfset curve if the steel and stone walls create the space for the outdoor fire place.

Photo By: Trevor Boyle Studio

Outdoor Living Space with Kitchen and Fireplace at Night

Exterior lighting is used to highlight the architecture and surrounding landscape. The lighting does not distract from the fireplace's ambiance.

Photo By: Trevor Boyle Studio

Modern Style Outdoor Fireplace in Circular Paver Seating Area

This modern style fireplace is a key statement piece in this outdoor space.

Photo By: Trevor Boyle Studio

What are you still doing here? Go! Check out the HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards! You may thank me later.

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