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. Lady's Mantle in rock garden

    Lady‚s Mantle is a classic beauty long cherished for velvety, scallop-edged foliage and chartreuse blooms. Growing in soft mounds, the light green to olive foliage is ignored b...

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    Lady's Mantle Lady's Mantle Alchemilla mollis
    As low as $13.32 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Lady's Mantle is a classic beauty long cherished for velvety, scallop-edged foliage and chartreuse blooms. Growing in soft mounds, the light green to olive foliage is ignored by deer and rabbits. Sprays of loosely clustered flowers create an airy halo above the plants in late spring and early summer. Lady's Mantle makes a lush groundcover and easy complement many other perennials. With a luxuriously soft, touchable texture, tuck these plants into a cottage gardens or grow at the edge of a path. (Alchemilla mollis)
  2. Wild Orange Tiger Lily

    Injecting energy into the late-season garden, Orange Tiger Lily is easy to grow and a magnet for pollinators. Freckled tangerine flowers grow in a mass atop the tall, slender stems, ...

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    Orange Tiger Lily Orange Tiger Lily Lilium lancifolium, Lilium tigrinum
    As low as $13.32 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 3
    Injecting energy into the late-season garden, Orange Tiger Lily is easy to grow and a magnet for pollinators. Freckled tangerine flowers grow in a mass atop the tall, slender stems, beckoning to butterflies. Demure downward-facing petals curve back on themselves, protecting its pollen from rain. Orange Tiger Lilies efficiently spreads in the garden, creating large clusters and bountiful blooms over time. (Lilium lancifolium)
  3. Gracieuse Japanese Iris

    The elegant blooms of ‚Gracieuse‚ Japanese Iris call to mind prized orchids as they float gracefully on tall stems. Blooming from early to mid-summer, flowers have white ...

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    Gracieuse Japanese Iris Gracieuse Japanese Iris Iris ensata Gracieuse
    As low as $18.65 Sale $13.99
    Per Bag of 3
    The elegant blooms of 'Gracieuse' Japanese Iris call to mind prized orchids as they float gracefully on tall stems. Blooming from early to mid-summer, flowers have white petals that darken to an ethereal purple-blue at the edges, with delicate yellow brushstrokes at the center. Plant this beauty near water features where soil stays consistently moist, and delight in the luminous blooms and graceful foliage. All season, arching leaves form an attractive backdrop for neighboring plants. (Iris ensata)
  4. Summer Sun Heliopsis

    With a versatile compact form and bold color, ‘Summer Sun’ Heliopsis blooms abundantly from summer through early fall. Butterflies and native bees adore the double daisy-...

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    Summer Sun Heliopsis Summer Sun False Sunflower Heliopsis helianthoides Summer Sun
    As low as $9.32 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    With a versatile compact form and bold color, ‘Summer Sun’ Heliopsis blooms abundantly from summer through early fall. Butterflies and native bees adore the double daisy-like blooms with sunny yellow ray petals and a red-orange center, and birds love the seed heads. Flowers are produced on sturdy stems, excellent for cutting, while coarse dark purple-green foliage provides a contrast to sunny blooms. This long-blooming, drought-tolerant perennial is a native cultivar selected for its compact habit and heat tolerance. (Heliopsis helianthoides)
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