Top Backyard Country Gardens

Take a look at our favorite award-winning gardens from the past eight years of the Country Gardens magazine Garden Awards contest.

1. Front Yard Color

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This forlorn front yard became an eye-catching cottage garden in the hands of a Minnesota couple. We love how the homeowners updated the curbside view by replacing lackluster foundation shrubs with an abundance of perennials, annuals, and bulbs. Pink phlox and purple veronica are accented by yellow and white snapdragons and purple petunias to create a vibrant, cheerful color scheme, and a white picket fence adds instant charm.

Test Garden Tip: Recreate this look by planting old-fashioned flowers in front of a white picket fence

2. Layers of Interest

Take a look at our favorite award-winning gardens from the past eight years of the Country Gardens magazine Garden Awards contest.

This small front garden in Minnesota graciously welcomes visitors with a successful mix of container plants and overflowing beds. We were enchanted by the antique goat cart that doubles as an eye-catching centerpiece and a unique planter for ‘Red Wave’ petunias and yellow African daisies. Next to the cart, lysimachia adds brilliant color behind a weathered iron fence.

Test Garden Tip: Recreate this look by mixing antique garden accessories with a salvaged section of fence or edging (or even an old metal headboard for a bed).

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