I asked my readers to share their gardening progress, and they sent me this gorgeous collection of botanical inspiration.
From Florida to Arizona to Canada, these gardeners have created bold and beautiful flower gardens that thrive in their climates.
Find ideas for sun or shade gardens, small spaces, tricky slopes, and even relentless desert heat.
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Christine’s Balcony Garden
Christine from Cats & Coffee decks out her Florida balcony with vibrant pink and red flowers in a turquoise planter.
She uses a variety of foliage like succulents and snake plants to add interest while keeping the attention on the focal point planter.
And she has a “Cat Crossing” sign. Excellent addition.
Tracy’s Desert Garden
Did you think nothing could grow in Arizona? That’s what I thought until I saw Tracy’s desert garden.
Rocks fit in with the natural landscape and provide a minimalist backdrop, while fan palms and cacti add greenery.
Lauren’s Cactus Garden
Lauren opts for native plants in her Arizona garden, including hardy cacti with vivid blooms.
Choosing plants native to your region means less work for you, since the plants were born to thrive in your climate.
Did You Know? Arizona averages 110 days a year over 100 degrees, and it broke a record with 145 days over 100 in 2020. Native plants are helpful here.
Carrie’s Memorial Garden
A garden is a lovely place for a special tribute. Carrie created this memorial garden to honor her baby girl, Gloria Joy, who was lost at 17 weeks during pregnancy.
You might also like to see Carrie’s vegetable garden plans at her Fraser Valley home in Canada.
Julie’s Retro Trailer Garden
Julie maximizes the impact of her smaller garden by layering in containers and hanging baskets bursting with color.
These flowers love summertime in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
H & H’s Woodland Garden
This shady slope in my backyard used to be covered in ivy, but now it’s filled with woodland plants that love getting cozy in the shade.
The hostas come back a little bigger every year. They line the lower end of the slope, next to a happy bunch of ferns.
Mounds of campanula bellflowers are starting to fill in the middle of the slope. Here in Portland, they stay green year-round and brighten up this spot with purple flowers in late spring.
Along the fence, the rhododendrons provide colorful flowers next to the bee and butterfly house. And at the top of the hill, there’s a black lace elderberry surrounded by hardy hellebores.
Thank you to all of the H & H readers who shared your garden photos! It was inspirational to see everyone’s creativity with different types of gardens.
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