Gorgeous Landscapes

Check out these beautiful front and back yards and get ideas for your own outdoor space.

  • Gently Sloping Landscape

    Bank of Color

    A pleasing combination of flowers and foliage creates a colorful bank for the lawn area and also stabilizes the soil. Posted by RMSer coastalgardener

  • Front Yard Floral Delight

    Storage Shed Takes On New Life

    An exuberant flower garden leads the eye toward a beautiful garden retreat. RMSer lross7577 says that \"Toad Cottage,\" formerly a storage shed, underwent a total renovation, complete with a gas fireplace, bluestone patio and fire pit.

  • Block outdoor spa

    That Jungle Feeling

    The play of light and shadow enhances this private backyard oasis amid lush plantings. Designed by Barry Block

  • Beautiful Spring Flowers

    Peonies and More

    Designed by Virginia Rockwell, this beautiful garden is a riot of spring blooms leading to a Japanese-style garden of sedums and adjoining green spaces.

  • Contemporary Outdoor Dining Room

    Magnifying a Small Space

    The use of multiple levels, diagonal lines in the decking and sinuous curves draws the eye around the space, so you don't \"get\" it all in one glance. Designed by Jamie Durie

  • Warm and Inviting

    Jamie Durie used Sonoman design details — including Mexican roof tiles — to create this richly hued outdoor space. Colorful drought-tolerant plants complete the look.

  • Front Yard Perennial Garden

    Front Door Gardening

    A cottage-style garden welcomes visitors to RMSer Sunny777's home.

  • Bridge over Peaceful Water

    Backyard Waterscape

    A pond, stream and bridge are enhanced by annuals and perennials in this backyard design by RMSer Tdnuss.

  • Expressive Front Yard Walkway

    Charming Entry

    The plantings around RMSer 66nick's front walk allow only a tantalizing peek at the cottage-style home, but ... (see next photo)

  • Charming Front Yard

    Lovely Front Yard

    ... once past the initial shrubbery, the visitor can only love the rest of the landscape at RMS 66nick's home.

  • Landscaping With Stream

    On Vacation at Home

    This backyard renovation included the installation of a 100-foot stream down one side of the property and landscaping meant to give the feeling of a woodland escape. Says RMSer lross7577, \"We don't have to travel far from our suburban home outside the city of Minneapolis to get a wonderful cabin retreat experience. We just walk out our back door.\"

  • Opposite Colors

    Brightening the Deck

    High-contrast plantings, using opposites on the color wheel (yellow and purple), create a vibrant look and play off the neutral tones of the hardscaping and furniture.

  • Shaded Area Promotes Leafy Ground Cover

    Cool and Serene

    This semi-shade garden features a range of green tones and leaf shapes, including wild ginger, rodgersia and sedge. The result is a soothing green palette, accented by the blue-gray hardscape.

  • Develop Areas Around Mature Trees

    Timeless Quality

    Develop a long-range plan for your garden and include the height and year-round structure provided by conifers and trees. As they grow in stature (and often change hues throughout the seasons), you'll have a framework for your perennials, shrubs and bedding plants.

  • Spring Whites Brighten Garden

    Dressed in White

    White forget-me-nots, tulips, daisies and money plant combine with hostas and silvery astelia foliage in this spring garden.

  • Garden Integrates Space and Style

    Perfect Complement

    The sculptured wall and strong lines of this design create the structure for this gorgeous cottage-style planting bed.

  • Stunning Sustainable Garden

    Wildlife Haven

    Designed as a show garden for the Chelsea Flower Show in England, this sustainable garden by Stephen Hall includes a range of diverse habitats for wildlife and plants that attract beneficial insects. The building's green roof is planted with sedum.

  • Summer Color Abounds in Cottage Garden

    Changing Palette

    Early summer in this garden brings the pinks and mauves of roses, geraniums, delphiniums, clematis and centaureas. As fall approaches, the palette deepens to the cerise, deep blues and purples of asters, phlox, dahlias and aconites.

  • Bird Garden

    Timeless Quality

    Hollyhocks add a vertical element to this beautiful garden spot, posted by RMSer horselady.

  • Container Garden Seating

    Garden Patio

    Lush plantings turn this sitting area into a picture-perfect garden oasis. Posted by RMSer nwphillygardener.

  • Home Garden With Birdhouse

    Perennial Beauty

    At RMSer chefboston's home, the garden overflows with Shasta daisies, daylilies and other perennials. (Next slide: another view of the front yard)

  • House With Front Yard Garden

    Front Yard Color

    Rudbeckia and phlox join the daylilies and daisies to create a riot of color in RMSer chefboston's front yard.

  • Clipped Topiaries Create Abstract Design

    Attention-Grabbing Shapes

    A stark contrast with the wild abundance of the cottage-style garden, this topiary garden requires frequent trimming during the growing season.

  • Following the Window Brick Road

    Garden Path

    A pergola helps frame the walkway through this garden. The easy-to-navigate brick path allows maximum appreciation of the surrounding garden. To slow down the transit through your garden, narrow the path a bit. For bike traffic, keep the walkway wide and the inclines gradual.

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