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.
Winner: Cosmos Submitted by Debbie D.
Winner: Zinnia Submitted by Donald F.
Winner: Amaryllis Submitted by John C.
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.
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Phenomenal Lavender has it all: exceptionally tolerant of both high heat and harsh winter, this easy-to-grow lavender even shows resistance to the effects of humidity. Highly fragrant with concentrated essential oils, Phenomenal's spikes of purple-blue flowers attract butterflies and bees to the garden. Edible, deer-resistant and fast-growing, this silver-leafed lavender has left all other new introductions in the dust! (Lavandula x intermedia) PP#24193
'Magnus' Coneflower has vibrant pink, ray-like flowers that surround deep-orange center cones, attracting plentiful pollinators to the garden throughout the summer. Leaving the spent stems and flowerheads in place to overwinter will also attract birds. Coneflowers are notably tough native plants and 'Magnus' is no exception, withstanding drought, clay, humidity and harsh winter conditions without complaint. Easy to grow, this plant is a great choice for beginner and experienced gardeners alike. (Echinacea purpurea)
Give bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds what they need with our Mini Pollinator Pit Stop Plant Collection. Compact varieties of Butterfly Weed, Bee Balm, and Salvia are ideal for small-space gardens and patio planters, supplying a consistent supply of nectar. A mix of popular, easy-to-grow perennials, these showy pollinator plants will delight with bright colors for years to come. Collection of 3 plants.
'Goldsturm' Black Eyed Susan brings a burst of showy color to the full-sun garden. Golden yellow, daisy-like petals surround nectar-rich, brown center 'buttons' set atop deep green foliage. Unbothered by most pests, poor soils, drought and humidity, 'Goldsturm' is easygoing and the perfect addition to flower arrangements and pollinator gardens. Deer resistant and long-lasting. (Rudbeckia fulgida)