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.
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.
Low-growing annuals form the edging and lower \"story\" of this multi-tiered landscape in RMSer chefboston's planting beds.
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
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
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.
RMSer aaguilar's rooftop garden creates an amazing view of lush foliage and flowers.
A shady planting bed in RMSer paint-me-green's yard includes pleasing accents of purple and pink.
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.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.
The hedge allows a peek inside RMSer mauimiss' private garden where lupines, peonies and lilacs bloom.
This winsome potting shed, built from scratch by RMSer DexFawcett, is surrounded by an equally charming mini garden, where sunflowers can rule.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.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.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.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.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.\"
Summer begins with roses and Kousa dogwood in RMSer bella2gardening's garden.
Gorgeous container gardens, like this one posted by RMSer nyclq, are a wonderful solution for adding color wherever the landscape needs it.Photo by SpackleMuddPalin
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.\"