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Not-So-Secret Gardens

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Hydrangeas and dogwoods backed by doublefile viburnum make a showy border year-round. | Photo: John Gruen

A Private and Inviting Front Yard

A simple trellis becomes the frame for a vertical garden that adds interest to this backyard fence. Via

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This garden may look like it's deeply rooted in the past, with plenty of worn-around-the-edges patina, but that's an impression created through plenty of thoughtful, smart decisions. | Photo: Jennifer Cheung

Timeless Treasure Garden

Salvaged materials, lavish plantings, vintage collectibles—and some sleight of hand—create a new garden with old-world character | Photo: Jennifer Cheung

Timeless Treasure Garden

So dreamy, you might be tempted to think this U.K. winner of "Overall Gardener of the Year" of the Garden News National Garden Competition 2010 AND the Daily Mail National Garden Competition is a Hollywood Photoshop creation!

To create a terraced vegetable garden, this couple used bags of concrete mix to shore up the rows. One section at a time, they positioned the unopened bags along the downward slope, then soaked them with a hose each day for a week. Once the concrete inside the bags was stiff, they added additional rows until they had enough supports for flat planting beds. When complete, they ripped off the paper to reveal tidy rows of pillow-shaped concrete blocks. Photo: Mark Lohman

Garden Beauty on a Budget

Railing planters filled with bright blooms and tall ferns or grasses offer splashes of color while also increasing privacy. When hung inside the railing, they let you, rather than the neighbors, enjoy their decorative boost. | Keller + Keller

Outdoor Rooms as the Perfect Staycation Destinations

A short picket fence tames the azalea just a bit while also framing the blossoms during the week or so the shrub is in bloom. |

Easy-Growing Flowers for Fences

Looking for perennials that will spread or reseed themselves right through your picket fence? Black-eyed Susans, are ideal, as are asters, bearded irises, bee balms, daylilies, four o’clocks, goldenrods, mums, phlox, purple coneflowers, Queen Anne’s lace, and spider flowers. |

Easy-Growing Flowers for Fences

A seating area within this potager garden gives the owners a choice way to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labors. | Designed by Brooke and Steve Giannetti /

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White picket fences seem tailor-made for climbing roses, like ‘The Fairy’, but don’t overlook other worthy candidates such as ‘Amethyst Falls’ American wisterias, bougainvilleas, Carolina jessamines, clematis, Confederate jasmines, crossvines, cypress vines, hyacinth beans, mandevillas, morning glories, passion vines, and trumpet honeysuckles. |

Easy-Growing Flowers for Fences

Variegated 'Firefly' hydrangea and its silvery-leaved cousin, 'Moonlight' are great choices for climbing a garden arch. | Photo: GAP Photos |

All About Hydrangeas

The pergola, nearly engulfed by 'New Dawn' roses, serves as a perch for songbirds and hides the garage from view. |

From Blah Lawn to Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

An 'Autumn Sunset' shrub rose scrambles up the entry arbor near the house, while leafy, self-sowing hollyhocks grow at its base. |

From Blah Lawn to Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

'May Night' salvia and other purple bloomers line the paths that wind through this lush, colorful garden. |

From Blah Lawn to Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

A rusted wreck, like this broken-down carriage or a vintage tractor, becomes a focal point in the garden, drawing visitors to far corners that might otherwise go ignored. | Photo: Richard Felber |

Turn Salvaged Junk Into Garden Ornaments

Check out this seed-starter greenhouse fashioned from castoff windows and recycled metal roof tiles. |

Reader DIY Project: This Old House

The soft lavender hues and delicately arching habits of the surrounding flowers have a mellowing effect on mounds of 'Rustic Orange' and 'Trusty Rusty' coleus.| Photo: Matthew Benson |

Use Colorful Coleus to Perk Up Any Garden Corner

Apple trees create a colorful late-season backdrop to this garden rich in texture. | Photo: Photo: Jim Westphalen |

Steal Ideas from Our Best Yard and Garden Transformations Ever

In this woodland garden, a small bluestone patio is softened by chartreuse mounds of 'All Gold' Japanese forest grass and shaded by several uncommon trees and shrubs, including four Japanese hollies and a 'Yoshino' Japanese cedar that towers above them. | Photo: Rob Cardillo |

A Charming Garden With Planter's Punch

This large deck with a covered outdoor room, complete with a stone hearth and a lace-top brick wall, makes a great place for get-togethers. | Photo: Brian Gomsak |

A Guest Room—and More—Outdoors
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An old pickling pot holds elephant's ears, 'Freckles' coleus, and 'Dragon Wing' begonias. Other flowering plants were chosen to lure butterflies and birds. | Photo: Brian Gomsak |

A Guest Room—and More—Outdoors

Amid lilies and moneywort, a Japanese-style garden with a concrete trough fountain adds trickling sounds to be heard on the dining deck. | Photo: Mark Lohman. |

8 Lessons on Stretching a Small Yard

The dusty pink flowers and chartreuse leaves of 'Limemound' spirea (S. japonica) contrast in both texture and color with the feathery fronds of ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) and a rusty-red 'Shirazz' Japanese maple against the house. | Photo: Dale Horchner |

Creating a Secret Garden