Garden Designs that I Like and Want to Share

Boxwood Garden with Beautiful Gazebo

Photo 1 - I love this little fountain, large gazebo, and the pineapples which are very welcoming.  The circles and the Japanese Maples are lovely too.
Photo 1 - I love this little fountain, large gazebo, and the pineapples which are very welcoming. The circles and the Japanese Maples are lovely too. | Source

Part of a Boxwood Garden Design

Photo 2 - This is from a part of a boxwood garden.They incorporate some neat designs.
Photo 2 - This is from a part of a boxwood garden.They incorporate some neat designs. | Source
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Photo 3 | Source
Photo 4 - I love the water, bridge, and tree placement in this garden.  Its one of my favorites.
Photo 4 - I love the water, bridge, and tree placement in this garden. Its one of my favorites. | Source
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Photo 5 | Source

Curved Gravel Path through a Garden of Flowers

Photo 6 - Irises growing in the Spring
Photo 6 - Irises growing in the Spring | Source
Photo 7 - I think this would be a neat idea for a woodland garden.
Photo 7 - I think this would be a neat idea for a woodland garden. | Source

Different Garden Designs in a Gallery

Garden design has a long history, and the more I learn the more beauty and talent I see involved. The gardens displayed here are some that I have collected over time. I took these photos because I loved how each garden was designed and executed. Often these same gardens look different with the changing seasons which is a real plus for gardeners and those that view such gardens.

I am in awe of what I see so often in regards to garden design. It helps me to see what other gardeners have done over time, to see if I would like to duplicate the design or a small portion of it in the area I have to work with. Time, money and land are always the key components that sometimes keep people from creating such lovely gardens. For me, I love to do gardens based on themes, and I plant accordingly. For example, my butterfly garden that was made and intended to draw in butterflies at all stages of their life cycle. I hope you enjoy the little garden tour here of different garden designs.

Photos of Different Gardens

Photos 1 & 2 - This is part of a larger boxwood garden. I absolutely love what the gardeners have done here, especially the little touches like the welcoming pineapples up high. I love the brick, the beautiful gazebo, the water fountain part, and the Japanese maple as well.

In photo 2 you see a different angle of the same basic area. I love everything about this classically designed boxwood garden. It is very classy to me.

Photo 3 - This beautiful garden area incorporates both small and large trees in its design, as well as many colors in the leaves and flowers. There is a sandy area where everything is growing that is kept very clean and raked to keep it beautiful all the time.

Photos 4 & 5 show the same bridge, but totally different angles and with different things done with the surrounding garden in each example. This is part of a Japanese garden design, and its one of my favorite places. I love the Japanese influence both subtle and outright as with the pieces showing traditional Japanese meaning. You can see bamboo marking off different areas as well. There is a lot of ideas related to Zen incorporated into gardens like these. Very peaceful and lovely and relaxing.

Photo 6 - A colorful Iris garden with curving paths throughout. There are small rocks that make up the paths, and brick to set apart different parts of a large iris garden. The beauty found in irises always amazes me, and I like the idea here of the strong focus on just irises. Its absolutely gorgeous in Spring. A gardener could get creative with what to do with the areas between the irises the rest of the year.

Photo 7 - Woodland Gardens are like a magical world to me. I love the paths throughout, and I like how this path is paved with large slabs of stone or rock. The bench is very inviting and I could rest out there all afternoon if I had the time and a good book and some iced tea! This is a neat garden idea for people who are limited with lots of shade that comes with a more highly wooded area.

Photo 8 - There is a water garden in the middle of the colorful purple and green areas here. This design is incredible to me, and every inspiring. It would take a bit more work, but if achieved could then just be maintained. The rows of colors in the garden area around the pond are amazing. They are different colored leaves, like the vegetables grown in vegetable gardens, here paired with purple chrysanthemums and more. Very lovely, and pleasing to the eye.

Photo 9 - I love this little sunny garden area that is growing all kinds of herbs, flowers, and various succulents as well. The best part is the little wooden structure with a couple of benches inside of it. There is a little artistic, but simple fountain on the wall inside there as well. A great way to spend some time outdoors.

Photo 10 - This is a large rose garden, and this is the outside looking in view. The large white fence and gates are built in a circular pattern around the rose garden, and there is a fountain in the middle of it as well. To top off this beautiful area, is Dale Chihuly glass art on the rounded fence tops.

Photo 11 - This is one to click on, to see the statues up high in the background of this colorful flower garden. For me, nothing really beats a beautiful, colorful flower garden. This is a super lovely example to me of what someone has done with their idea of a flower garden.

** A key recurring idea I see recommended and used is that people are best to work with the lay of the land as it is when creating gardens. It is nice sometimes to manipulate the land some, but to go with what "is", is often the best idea. I think a lot of what has been done here in these photos besides the man made ponds, has kept to that basic idea.

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Photo 9 | Source
Photo 10 - A Rose garden encircled with white fences in a circular shape.  I love the added Dale Chihuly glass art.
Photo 10 - A Rose garden encircled with white fences in a circular shape. I love the added Dale Chihuly glass art. | Source
Photo 11 -  Colorful Flower Garden, blooming with gladiolus flowers and dahlias and more.  The statues in the background make it all the more special of a garden.
Photo 11 - Colorful Flower Garden, blooming with gladiolus flowers and dahlias and more. The statues in the background make it all the more special of a garden. | Source

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Hi oceansnsunset. It's hard to pick a favorite photo on this one. They are all so beautiful. You just amaze me with your gardens and photos. Beautiful work. Goodnight, Mary


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

I love walking in gardens. There are some elaborate private gardens, but Minter Gardens near where I live are a dream. These photographs are beautiful.


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annmackiemiller 4 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

they are lovely - congrats on your win. well deserved


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Just got Ann's comment-yes, congratulations on your win. I think this is the first photo gallery what has won the daily draw this contest. Up till now, it's been short stories and poetry.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Congratulations on your photo gallery win! I love gardens and you have some beautiful examples in this hub. Nice picture taking! :))


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Keith Matyi 4 years ago from Denton, TX

Beautiful Hub! I love the pictures and your explanations for them.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Beautiful pictures, what wonderful gardens!

Congratulations on your win!


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Mary, thank you very much. :) Always so glad when you stop by!

FloraBreenRobison, thanks so much, and I would LOVE to see Minter Gardens one day. Thank you for the congrats, and I haven't seen any other photo gallery wins either, so I was so happy and excited. Glad you stopped by. :)

AnnMackieMiller, thank you very much, I am so excited about it! I appreciate your comment and visit. :)

PeggyW, thank you so much! :) Its great to know other garden lovers out there too, I just can't ever get enough.

Keith, Thank you! So glad you stopped by.

MovieMaster, I really appreciate your comment, thank you so much. :)


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Nurfninja 4 years ago from Earth

Such beautiful photos! :D


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Purple Perl 4 years ago from Bangalore,India

Beautiful garden designs. When maintained well, gardens make you relaxed & refreshed.I love & maintain a small garden & it's a pleasure to sit & take in the beauty of the flowers & leaves, bees & butterflies too!

Congrats too on your well deserved win.


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formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Lovely garden designs.


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Congratulations!!! What lovely photos of gardens...it brings serenity and joy to my heart!


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Nurfninja, thank you so much! I appreciate it.

Purple Perl, thank you so much, and I agree. When well maintained, gardens are such a joy. I think its a great idea to have even a small garden that you can fully keep up with, and enjoy. Thanks for the congrats too, I was so excited!

Formosangirl, thank you! I appreciate that.

Ripplemaker, thank you! I appreciate your comment, and am so happy that it brings serenity and joy to your heart to see the photos. :)


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Beautiful garden choices and lovely photos. My favorite is the woodland setting with the bench under the tree- that's serenity!


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Cat on a soapbox, thanks so much for your visit to my hub. I am glad you liked that one with the bench, I feel the same way. Thank you for your comment. :)

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