Adding a Little Romance to the Garden

Soft, texture-rich plantings, fragrant flowers and a relaxed design help create a romantic tone.

  • Red Bed in Garden

    Daybed and Then Some

    Sleeping outside happens in high style, thanks to designer Anne Marie Allen.

  • Garden Statue Trio

    Sweet Scene

    Lush, informal plantings, pastel colors and a sculpture celebrating friendship give this garden, designed by Jeff Allen, a romantic feel.

  • Bleeding Heart Branch

    Have a Heart

    Plant a bleeding heart, available in pink and white, in a lightly shady spot. It will reward you every spring with arching wands of dangling flowers.

  • Moonflower Plant

    Perfect for a Moonlit Trellis

    The fragrant blooms of the moonflower, often the size of dinner plates, begin opening in late afternoon and close by early morning.

  • Heady Perfume

    Whether it's cascading over an arbor or dripping off a wall, wisteria is the ultimate in garden romance.

  • Heart-Shaped Redbud Leaves

    In Fact, Hearts All Around

    There are lots of plants with heart-shaped leaves, including the redbud tree (here, the burgundy leaves of 'Forest Pansy').

  • Wispy Ponytail Grass

    Sensory Garden

    Include plants in your garden that invite you to touch them, like this ponytail grass.

  • A Day in the Country

    A split-rail fence and redbuds in bloom paint a bucolic picture. All that's left to do is pack a picnic basket.

  • Gazebo at the End of Pond Bridge

    Create a Retreat

    In RMSer helawrence13's backyard, the arched bridge crosses over a small pond and leads to a delightful garden gazebo.

  • Outdoor Garden Seating

    It's easy to tell that RMSer Garden Fanatic's style is romantic. Here, the backyard pergola offers a gorgeous spot for reading and relaxing, while lush plantings create a garden oasis in a city lot.

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