Featured Gardens

Tour beautiful gardens created by homeowners throughout the Midwest and get ideas for transforming your own yard.

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A Little Slice of (Backyard) Heaven

Flour meets flowers when a pizza-baking husband and a bloom-loving wife design their dream patio garden.
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Garden Tour: Shape Shifter

In his Iowa backyard, designer Scott Johnson uses basic geometric forms as the affordable building blocks to a stylish landscape.
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Garden Tour: Fifty Shades of Green

An Ohio designer trusts a tone-on-tone palette to power his low-maintenance, high-style planting formula.
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Garden Tour: Open and Enclosed

In a tightly packed Missouri neighborhood, this backyard’s varied garden rooms work together to draw the focus inward.
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Garden Tour: Happy Hour

Want to have a few friends over without going to a lot of work? The ideas at this Minneapolis garden reveal the secret: Let your yard co-host.
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Garden Tour: Healing Nature

The diagnosis: An overworked Ohio physician. The cure: Transform an unused backyard into a sanctuary of water, native plants and wildlife.
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Garden Tour: Deep Roots

How does an Iowa garden catch the Smithsonian’s eye? With plant stories wrapped around the likes of Johnny Appleseed, Grant Wood and a band of German Pietists.
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Garden Tour: Three-Part Harmony

Inspired by music, an Ohio designer composed a rhythmic sequence of plantings that hits all the right notes from early spring through frost.