Thursday, September 15, 2011

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day September 2011

Sedum 'Brilliant' and Liriope in Bloom
The summer garden is starting its' transition into fall.  There are signs of fall in the northeast garden with the aftermath of hurricane Irene that made landfall here on Long Island on August 28, 2011.  The trees seem to be losing their leaves earlier than usual and there is a degree of crispness in the air as the days grow shorter and temperatures start their decent. There is an unmistakable beauty to the changing garden that all can admire and behold.

Dwarf Fountain Grass, Sedum, Blue Star Juniper and Heuchera
The grasses are developing their wispy plumes and the Sedum 'Brilliant' is extremely vibrant this year.  Here is a combination of 'Hameln' fountain grass, Sedum 'Brilliant', Blue Star Juniper and heuchera (coral bells).  The coral bells thrive in the shadow of the grasses and are complemented by the blue of the juniper and pink of the sedum. 
Sedum, Heuchera and Grasses

Here is a close up of the sedum and heuchera combination. I am really enjoying it this year.

Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar, Rosy Glow Barberry, Gold Mop Cypress and Buddlea 'Lo & Behold'
One of my newer Weeping Blue Atlas Cedars is finally sending out a leader branch that cascades gracefully over the gold mop cypress and dwarf butterfly bush.  It has been a good growing season and this piece is turning into a prize specimen.  I look forward to even more to enjoy as this tree matures. It is amazing how each one is so different.

Double Pink Knock Out Rose

I cannot get enough of my new Knock Out Roses.  They have been blooming all summer. It's a toss up between the red and the pink but I think pink may be my favorite!

More Sedum 'Brilliant' in Bloom with Moss Rock Accent

Can't get enough of the sedum this bright!!!

Heuchera 'Citronelle'

Heuchera 'Citronelle' is the newest member to my garden added just this past September.  Its' vibrant lime-green glow adds eye-catching color to the shadier areas of the landscape.
Golden Hinkoi Cypress and Boxwood

Here is a more formal section of my gardens that I just noticed while taking pictures looks especially nice in fall.  I think I'll have to look some more!

Perennial Garden:  Grasses, Salvia, Lamb' Ear, Lilies and Astilbe
The perennial garden takes on a new look in September.  Soon the colors will be turning to bright oranges and yellows.

Dwarf Fountain Grass 'Hameln' Plumes

The fountain grasses developed their plumes earlier this year so there has been a little more time to enjoy their interest in the garden.

Sedum 'Brilliant' Flower Up Close
The butterflies and bumble bees just love the sedum at this time of year.

Heuchera 'Caramel'

Heuchera 'Caramel' is displaying its' new growth for fall.

Liriope in Bloom (September)
Liriope is at its prime at the end of August and into September displaying its' bright grape-like purple blooms.

Sedum 'Brilliant'

I know...more sedum...but the garden fairies from "May Dreams Gardens" insisted!!!

Double Red Knock Out Rose

Red or pink....which one is the favorite???

Buddlea in Flower

Dwarf Buddlea 'Lo & Behold' has really proven to be one of my favorite flowering shrubs in the garden.  It has flowered all throughout the summer and is still full of vibrant  purple blooms going into fall.
Weeping Pussy Willow Tree

The Weeping Pussy Willow always presents itself to be so graceful.  Its lovely branches cascade almost to the ground and its fullness supplies a home for many families of nesting birds throughout the summer.  We have enjoyed watching the mother birds feeding their young.  It's funny but we call this particular tree "prime real estate" for our feathered friends!

Double... Double Red Knock Out Rose!

This is a time of transition in the northeastern garden...a time of change and beauty.  As the seasons change I look forward to all the beauty nature has to offer.  

Thank you for stopping by and please also visit our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens for more September blooms from gardeners around the world and join all of us in celebrating our true passion and love of gardening.

"A garden is a thing of beauty that constantly changes and can be enjoyed forever..."   Happy Gardening!  Happy GGBD!

Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.


  1. My garden is in a cooler zone than yours, but the Knockouts do just as well here. I only have Double Red Knockouts but I plan to add the pink. They do give a long season, even here on our hill.

  2. I do wish we could grow the blue atlas cedar here... what a fine specimen you have. Thanks for an enjoyable post! Larry

  3. Your planting beds are so lovely! My favorite is the arrangement and combinations with your weeping Blue Atlas Cedar...beautiful! Happpy GBBD!

  4. Your garden looks just beautiful...I really like that's so rich and vibrant!

  5. The blue cedar looks great. I have the traditional shape.

  6. Your landscape is beautiful. I also checked out your design photos - gorgeous work! I would love to have you do a pool scape for us, if we lived in your neck of the woods (we are in New England). I am a learn-as-I-go gardner so my gardens are somewhat disorganized.

  7. Thank you everyone for visiting and for your comments. Tracy-I'm on my way over... LOL!!! If there are any questions that you have I would be more than happy to answer them ! :) Happy gardening!


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