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. Sensational!™ Lavender, Lavandula x intermedia Sensational!™ harvested in a baskest

    Sensational!™ Lavender is an improved, easy-to-grow variety that makes growing lavender accessible to more gardeners than ever! Silvery foliage is topped by large, dense purple flo...

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    Sensational!™ Lavender Sensational!™ Lavender Lavandula x intermedia Sensational!™
    As low as $9.99 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Sensational!™ Lavender is an improved, easy-to-grow variety that makes growing lavender accessible to more gardeners than ever! Silvery foliage is topped by large, dense purple flower spikes. With a compact, dense habit and notable durability for sun, heat, and humidity, as well as cold tolerance, Sensational stands apart from many traditional Lavender varieties. A favorite of honeybees, these fragrant flowers will attract a wide range of pollinators. (Lavandula x intermedia)
  2. Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox, Phlox paniculata Fashionably Early Flamingo, photo courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    Enjoy the beauty of tall garden phlox up to three weeks earlier with Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox. This native cultivar features fragrant orchid-purple flower clusters that attra...

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    Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox PP#29911 Phlox paniculata Fashionably Early Flamingo PP#29911
    $9.99 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Enjoy the beauty of tall garden phlox up to three weeks earlier with Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox. This native cultivar features fragrant orchid-purple flower clusters that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, and look beautiful in cut flower bouquets. Attractive deep green upright foliage is mildew resistant.
  3. Natural Nectar Native Pre-Planned Garden

    The Natural Nectar Native Pre-Planned Garden will be buzzing with pollinators as butterflies, hummingbirds and native bees will pay frequent visits to the nectar-filled flowers. Thes...

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    Natural Nectar Native Pre-Planned Garden Natural Nectar Native Pre-Planned Garden
    $116.65 Sale $99.15
    Per Garden of 12 Plants
    The Natural Nectar Native Pre-Planned Garden will be buzzing with pollinators as butterflies, hummingbirds and native bees will pay frequent visits to the nectar-filled flowers. These low-maintenance native plants will burst with blooms from mid spring through fall. Garden of 12 plants, with care instructions and a planting map.
  4. Orange Butterfly Weed With Monarch Butterfly, Asclepias tuberosa

    Butterfly Weed is the iconic, bright orange beauty that's a staple in every butterfly garden. This showy native wildflower is easy to grow, cold hardy, and does well in poor, dry soi...

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    Butterfly Weed Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa
    As low as $7.99 Sale $6.79
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Butterfly Weed is the iconic, bright orange beauty that's a staple in every butterfly garden. This showy native wildflower is easy to grow, cold hardy, and does well in poor, dry soils. Long-lasting clusters of small, flat-topped flowers are crowned with a yellow, sun-kissed "corona" and bloom from June through August. Butterfly Weed is an important nectar source for Monarch butterflies and its leaves provide essential food for developing Monarch caterpillars - but expect to see a variety of pollinators making use of this plant. Please note the Bag of 3 are bareroots. (Asclepias tuberosa)
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