Beautiful Summer Gardens

When a planting scheme really comes together, magic happens. These gorgeous gardens are perfect examples.

Container Garden Seating

RMSer nwphillygardener's solution for a long, narrow yard (18' x 150') was to create \"peaceful but mysterious rooms along a serpentine path.\" This gorgeous sitting area is one of those rooms.

Front Yard Garden With Birdhouse

Beginning gardeners who wonder what all the fuss with perennials is about need only look at this extraordinary display of color in RMSer chefboston's yard. Daylilies in a riot of different colors join with daisies, phlox, rudbeckia and many other hard-working perennials to create this amazing garden.

Shade Garden With Birdhouse

Low-growing annuals form the edging and lower \"story\" of this multi-tiered landscape in RMSer chefboston's planting beds.

Garden With Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are the perfect complement for the Old World-style fountain. Long-blooming mophead hydrangeas like 'Summer Snowflake' flower for months. Some panicle hydrangeas also provide color over a long period, opening white and gradually turning pink to mauve. Posted by RMSer devinesoul

Urban Rooftop Garden With Pergola

Lush container plantings create a colorful and soothing retreat for this second-floor rooftop patio in a New York City neighborhood. Posted by RMS user aaguilar

Rooftop Container Gardens

RMSer aaguilar's patio measures only 14' x 16' but, by planting in layers, she was able to include more than 40 plants, creating multidimensional color, texture and privacy. \"As a container garden with such a variety of plants on a rooftop, it needs a lot of care, from twice-a-day watering to constant pruning, but the reward is priceless,\" says aaguilar.

City Gardening

RMSer aaguilar's rooftop garden creates an amazing view of lush foliage and flowers.

Colorful Shade Garden

A shady planting bed in RMSer paint-me-green's yard includes pleasing accents of purple and pink.

Garden With a Combination of Flowers

In RMS blondegardener's garden, stokesia provides a flash of purple against the yellow tones of coreopsis, variegated phlox and daisies.

In this Sedona-inspired Southwest landscape, designed by Jamie Durie, drought-tolerant plants with colorful foliage and strong vertical forms play off the richly hued hardscape that includes Mexican roof tiles.

Summer Color Abounds in Cottage Garden DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

This cottage garden brims over with roses, delphiniums, clematis, geraniums and centaureas. As summer wanes, the fall colors of phlox, asters and dahlias will take over.

Hedge Garden

The hedge allows a peek inside RMSer mauimiss' private garden where lupines, peonies and lilacs bloom.

Red Garden House

This winsome potting shed, built from scratch by RMSer DexFawcett, is surrounded by an equally charming mini garden, where sunflowers can rule.

Contemporary Country Garden Uses Mixed Materials DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Ornamental grasses can carry a garden through four seasons, with only a low profile for a few weeks in early spring as they come back from their yearly haircut.

Plant Layers DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

You can create your own gorgeous views in the garden. Planting in layers, so that shorter specimens become the facer plants for taller ones, dramatically increases the texture and interest in the design.

Small Kitchen Garden DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

This beautiful little kitchen garden features herbs, fruits and vegetables, arranged with easy-to-harvest accessibility in mind. As summer wears on, and some edible plants begin looking a bit tattered, the semi-formal design and stone path hold the look together.

Weathered Stone as Country Garden Feature DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

A simple bench in a nook of lush plantings and weathered stone provides the perfect place to enjoy the agapanthus in bloom.

Fiery Border Mix DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fiery colors are easy to achieve in the summer garden.

Hollyhocks flank the benches in RMSer horselady's \"secret garden.\"

Garden Walkway

Summer begins with roses and Kousa dogwood in RMSer bella2gardening's garden.

Pink Flowers

Gorgeous container gardens, like this one posted by RMSer nyclq, are a wonderful solution for adding color wherever the landscape needs it.

Rose Garden Photo by SpackleMuddPalin

Saving Water

RMSer SpackleMuddPalin conserves water in her southern California garden. The roses get drip irrigation, she says, and \"surrounding plants survive only on winter rain and waste water from the koi pond.\"

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