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Visitors to the Sally Stone Sensory Garden at Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, enjoy the color, texture and fragrance of plants tucked into pockets at varying heights along the garden's stone wall.
Queen of the hill
Stone terraces, curving paths and lush plantings transformed an eroding Illinois hillside into a fertile garden.
Sign of spring
Tulips usher in spring at Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.
An Illinois retired biological sciences professor created her version of a Japanese garden in her backyard after visiting more than 80 gardens during four trips to Japan.
Columbus, Ohio's Deaf School Park is home to a topiary interpretation of George Seurat's painting La Grande Jatte.
More than 500 cultivated varieties of rhododendron bloom at The Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden, part of The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio.
In the shade
A variety of hostas bloom in the shade of tall trees at this Midwest homeowner's garden.
Flower baskets hang from the porch at Rittenhouse Inn in Bayfield, Wisconsin.
Reflective and soothing, a waterfall -- such as this one in a Twin Cities garden -- can veil the sounds of nearby traffic or too-close neighbors.
Tulips bloom in profusion at a garden outside The Lamplight Inn Bed and Breakfast in Berlin, Ohio.
Water sprays and bubbles at The Margie Button Memorial Fountain and Garden, part of Botanica, The Wichita Gardens.
Drifts of color
Captivating drifts of white, yellow, orange, magenta and purple rhododendrons bloom alongside wide walking paths at the The Holden Arboretum's 20-acre rhododendron collection 20 miles northeast of Cleveland.
An English-inspired fountain creates a restful retreat at this garden in the Illinois River Valley.
A pine tree shades a corner of this Midwest garden, where curving, pebbled paths enhance the sense of discovery.
Surrounded by grasses
Ornamental grasses surround a large pond at this garden near Lemont, Illinois, giving the area an intimate feeling.
White plumes are a hallmark of Miscanthus ornamental grasses
Lovely lily pond
Black-eyed Susans and other wildflowers create an inviting backdrop for a lily pond.