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Spice up your backyard with stunning garden islands this spring

Starting a garden from scratch can seem daunting to a beginner! But we’ve got loads of great ideas and free garden plans for every kind of garden, whether it’s big and sprawling or small. To start, look at the area you want to plant: Does it get full sun, which is 6 or more hours per day? Or it only gets partial sun, which is about half, or full shade. Watch that space for a few days to get a feel for what’s happening at what time of day. Also consider seasonal changes. For example, an area that has full shade in the summer may be full sun in the spring.
It is also important to be patient as gardens are not built overnight. They evolve over the years as you learn more about the plants you love. And whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a total beginner, Mother Nature will keep giving you some unexpected twists and turns along the way.

The bottom line is that you are never done learning about plants and your garden. So embrace the challenges, enjoy the unexpected surprises, and read on to discover tons of great garden plants and layout ideas for your own backyard oasis.

Patio Garden bed
beautiful little garden plots filled with flowers and two red hummingbird feeders
If you are building a new patio, create a planting bed as part of the patio to define the space and make it feel more like a conservatory.
The ultimate kitchen garden
garden plans in annual and perennial flower bed with white chair in our garden in northwest us
Say hello to the pots of our dreams, designed by renowned gardener Jon Carloftis. Full of amazing edible plants hand-picked by some of the country’s best chefs, this gives new meaning to farm-to-table food because it’s your own backyard!