04/12/2014 12:13 pm ET Updated Apr 12, 2014

These 11 Incredible Backyard Gardens Are What Dreams Are Made Of (PHOTOS)

Not only does springtime signal the start of chirping birds and blossoming buds, but it marks the time that we can finally escape to the outdoors without getting slapped with a polar vortex. And, as these 11 gorgeous gardens from our friends at Porch.com prove, a backyard can be just the retreat you need from the daily grind. While we'd be content with a deck chair and a patch of green grass, these stunning spaces boast incredible landscaping, views and even a few water features. To see even more photos, click on the project name under each picture.

Which one would you like to call your warm weather retreat?

  • Nothing says oasis quite like fountains.
    <a href="http://porch.com/projects/wentworth-residence-1" target="_blank">Pasadena Garden</a> by Matthew Mckelligon
    Pasadena Garden by Matthew Mckelligon
  • Who could want more than a jacuzzi and lounge chairs?
    <a href="http://porch.com/projects/blanchete-daly-1?img=895759" target="_blank">Pacific Northwest Garden</a> by Darwin Webb L
    Pacific Northwest Garden by Darwin Webb Landscape Architects, P.S.
  • Secluded paradises only look better by nightfall.
    <a href="http://porch.com/projects/weber-1?img=51597" target="_blank">Scottsdale Oasis</a> by Conk Architecture
    Scottsdale Oasis by Conk Architecture
  • Nothing compliments a pool like a veranda and a guest house.
    <a href="http://porch.com/projects/karen-1" target="_blank">K Remodel</a> by Renovation Design Group
    K Remodel by Renovation Design Group
  • Because falling water is the most tranquil of sounds...
    <a href="http://porch.com/projects/palo-alto-residence-1?img=45574" target="_blank">Palo Alto Oasis</a> by Pederson Associate
    Palo Alto Oasis by Pederson Associates
  • Give 'wet bar' a whole new meaning.
    <a href="http://porch.com/projects/patio-and-firepit-1" target="_blank">Outdoor Patio and Firepit</a> by Alderwood Landscapin
    Outdoor Patio and Firepit by Alderwood Landscaping
  • Find peace of mind in your own private park.
    <a href="http://porch.com/projects/pacific-palisades-new-landscape-leshgold--1?img=34349" target="_blank">Pacific Palisades H
    Pacific Palisades Hideaway by Stout Design-Build, Inc.
  • A minimalistic approach brings the ultimate zen.
    <a href="http://porch.com/projects/defining-tudor-1?img=41022" target="_blank">Modern Garden</a> by Jennifer Post Design, Inc
    Modern Garden by Jennifer Post Design, Inc.
  • Escaping to the garden is always (always) better by sunset.
    <a href="http://porch.com/projects/nightlighting?img=1010988" target="_blank">Night Lighting</a> by Alderwood Landscaping
    Night Lighting by Alderwood Landscaping
  • No recipe for paradise is complete without a palm tree.
    <a href="http://porch.com/projects/fullerton-hills-rennovation-1?img=50549" target="_blank">Fullerton Residence</a> by Rue Gr
    Fullerton Residence by Rue Group, INC
  • And never underestimate the power of a pop of color.
    <a href="http://porch.com/projects/san-francisco-residence-2?img=49496" target="_blank">San Francisco Secret Garden</a> by Mi
    San Francisco Secret Garden by Miller Design Co

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