by Amanda

We never tire of getting a glimpse into your amazing gardens and thoroughly enjoyed going through all the submissions from our 2016 Fall Photo Contest. From colorful meadows to elegant perennial gardens, your photos gave us endless ideas and inspiration for our spring plantings. But as always, we had to choose winning photos and are excited about the four spectacular shots that came out on top. We hope you enjoy our garden gallery of winning photos as much as we did choosing them!

Grand Prize Winner: Summer Bouquet Submitted by Rich M.

Garden Gallery: Bouquet
Echinacea, Black Eyed Susan, Coreopsis and more make up this brilliant bouquet.

Winner: Cosmos Submitted by Debbie D.

Garden Gallery: Cosmos
We love the elegance of these summer Cosmos.

Winner: Zinnia Submitted by Donald F.

Garden Gallery: Zinnia
Does it get any cuter than this? It's always fun to see children getting interested in gardening.

Winner: Amaryllis Submitted by John C.

Garden Gallery: Amaryllis
A perfect shot of the gorgeous winter blooms of Amaryllis.

Some of our favorite photos come from passionate gardeners who are amateur photographers! Whether you're shooting on your phone or have a DSLR, there are some simple tips to become a better garden photographer. We're always running photo contests and urge you to enter. Even if you don't win, your photo may be featured to over 265,000 gardeners on our social media pages.

What was your favorite winning photo in our garden gallery? Please share in the comments below!

  1. Breaking Point Reblooming Bearded Iris, Iris germanica Breaking Point

    'Breaking Point' Reblooming Bearded Iris features a striking broken color pattern, bringing excitement to the mid-to-late-spring garden. Crisp white standards have a hint of warmth n...

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    Breaking Point Reblooming Bearded Iris Breaking Point Reblooming Bearded Iris Iris germanica Breaking Point
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    'Breaking Point' Reblooming Bearded Iris features a striking broken color pattern, bringing excitement to the mid-to-late-spring garden. Crisp white standards have a hint of warmth near the gold beards, and royal purple falls have showy silvery-white streaks. Each stem produces up to nine gently ruffled flowers, reblooming in mid-fall. Blooms are surrounded by upright sword-shaped foliage. (Iris germanica)
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  2. Society Page Bearded Iris, Iris germanica Society Page

    'Society Page' Bearded Iris will be the talk of the neighborhood with ruffled lacy pink blooms. Flowering from early to late spring, its delicate pink petals have faint green veinin...

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    Society Page Bearded Iris Society Page Bearded Iris Iris germanica Society Page
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    'Society Page' Bearded Iris will be the talk of the neighborhood with ruffled lacy pink blooms. Flowering from early to late spring, its delicate pink petals have faint green veining, complemented by strapping upright foliage. This award-winning Bearded Iris is easy to grow in sunny beds and borders, offer delicate beauty in a low maintenance perennial that will brighten you spring garden for years to come. (Iris germanica)
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  3. On Deck Reblooming Bearded Iris, Iris germanica On Deck

    'On Deck' Reblooming Bearded Iris stands out with vividly contrasting blooms. Ruffled white standards are accented with hints of gold, and falls streaked with cobalt blue. This rebl...

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    On Deck Reblooming Bearded Iris On Deck Reblooming Bearded Iris Iris germanica On Deck
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    'On Deck' Reblooming Bearded Iris stands out with vividly contrasting blooms. Ruffled white standards are accented with hints of gold, and falls streaked with cobalt blue. This reblooming variety opens in late spring, with a repeat performance 'On Deck' in late summer or fall. A low maintenance beauty with upright lancelike foliage for added texture after flowers fade. (Iris germanica)
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  4. Senior Jinx Bearded Iris, Iris germanica Senoir Jinx

    Tall, dark, and handsome, 'Señor Jinx' Bearded Iris will enchant you with velvety black blooms. Emerging in mid-spring, upper petals show just a hint of purple above the opulent ...

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    Senor Jinx Bearded Iris Senior Jinx Bearded Iris Iris germanica Senoir Jinx
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    Tall, dark, and handsome, 'Señor Jinx' Bearded Iris will enchant you with velvety black blooms. Emerging in mid-spring, upper petals show just a hint of purple above the opulent coal-black falls. 'Señor Jinx' holds up to seven ruffled flowers per stem, each with a bright yellow beard to draw your eye into the ruffles. Upright lancelike foliage adds texture to beds and borders for low-maintenance beauty. (Iris germanica)
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