Making Sense Of Gorgeous Pinterest Gardens

We’ve all been there: feverishly pinning gorgeous garden after garden to our various boards, dreaming of spring and hoping that someday we could create a garden that’s as pristine and pin-worthy. But when it comes down to planning, buying and planting, how do you make sense of all these fabulous gardens on Pinterest? It can get overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to! There are a few simple steps to turn your favorite Pinterest gardens into reality in your own landscape.

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A summer display of Bee Balm, Phlox and Original Orange Daylilies.

1. Sift Through and Get Rid of the Duds

As you sit and drink your morning coffee, or lay in bed at night, your thumb can get pretty heavy pinning those gardens. The first step to staying organized is going back to your boards and sifting through  – and getting rid of – the pins that aren’t really worthy of your landscape.  Alternatively, if you have several of the same varieties in one board, try to choose the best pin and save that one. This will help keep your boards from becoming too overwhelming and avoid duplicate content.

Oriental Lily Stargazer & Daisies.

2. Identify Your Varieties

The next part might be the hardest: identifying the varieties in the photos. The first step to doing this (which isn’t always successful) is to click through to where the photo originally came from. Hopefully it’s from a reputable source that has labeled the varieties. But – unfortunately – this isn’t always the case. If you don’t know the varieties, there are several apps and tools that can help you. I personally like and use Garden Compass, Nature Gate and even a reverse image search on Google can help.

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Zinnia, Black Eyed Susan & Sunflowers

Once you have even one variety identified in the photo, a simple Google image search such as “Bearded Iris planted with red flower” should help you identify the rest.

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Asiatic Lilies, Black Eyed Susan & Daisies

3. Figure Out When They Bloom

Now that you’ve identified your varieties, check to see when the photo was taken. Varieties such as Sunflowers and Dahlias typically bloom in the summer months. Lupine and Bearded Iris are spring-flowering.

Make sure to write down each variety and the time it blooms, i.e. “Bee Balm – Early Summer.”

Bee Balm with an annual container planting.

5. Research: Will It Even Grow In Your Garden?

Once you have your running list of varieties, simple searches for each variety should let you know if they’ll grow in your garden or not. Hostas are one of my favorite shade plants and are the stars in many gorgeous Pinterest gardens, but they typically won’t grow in dry soil or full sun.

While you’re researching each variety, be sure to write down how much room it typically needs to grow (it is usually described as the width on a plant description).

Summer-blooming Cosmos & Zinnia.

6. The Fun Part: Put It All Together!

A successful landscape has interest and blooms for the entire growing season – from spring all the way into late fall. Make sure you have early, mid and late-blooming varieties in your garden bed. Factor in heights and place larger varieties in back with smaller varieties in front.

An early summer show of Bee Balm, Echinops (the spiky flower) and Daylilies.

7. Source Your Plants

Whether you’re planting seeds, bulbs or plants, finding a reputable source for non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free varieties is important. If you aren’t sure where to start, check with your local university gardening extension or look at reviews on

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A late season garden with lavender, fading black-eyed susan and hydrangea.

See, your man hours spent on Pinterest weren’t for naught! As long as you stay organized and do a little research into your favorite garden pins, it’s easy to transform your landscape into something just as dazzling and pin-worthy.

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