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March 02, 2015
By: Marie Hofer
Charming Entry

Charming Entry

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

Bank of Color

A carpet of bright groundcover plants secure this terraced hillside.
Storage Shed Takes On New Life

HGTV fan lross7577

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.
That Jungle Feeling

That Jungle Feeling

The play of light and shadow enhances this private backyard oasis amid lush plantings.
Peonies and More

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.
Magnifying a Small Space

Jamie Durie

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

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 Door Gardening

HGTV fan Sunny777

Front Door Gardening

A cottage-style garden welcomes visitors to HGTV fan Sunny777's home.
Backyard Waterscape

RHGTV fan Tdnuss

Backyard Waterscape

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

HGTV fan 66nick

Lovely Front Yard

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

HGTV fan lross7577

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."
Brightening the Yard

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Brightening the Yard

High-contrast plantings, using opposites on the color wheel (yellow and purple with a touch of orange), create a vibrant look.

Cool and Serene

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Cool and Serene

A handsome fountain adds a zen-like feel to this manicured garden area.

Timeless Quality

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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.

Perfect Complement

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Perfect Complement

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

Changing Palette

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Changing Palette

The pinks and mauves present in this garden add an ethereal summery feel to the space. The sweeping views aren't too shabby either.

Timeless Quality

HGTV fan horselady

Timeless Quality

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

HGTV fan nwphillygardener

Garden Patio

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

HGTV fan chefboston

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)
Front Yard Color

HGTV fan chefboston

Front Yard Color

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

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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.

Garden Path

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Garden Path

A pergola helps frame the walkway through this garden. The easy-to-navigate brick path allows maximum appreciation of the surrounding garden.