Sunday, January 1, 2012

Gardening 2011: A Year in Review

2011 Gardening Year in Review
Welcome and happy new year! Another year has gone by and as we look back at the 2011 gardening season we can start to plan ahead for 2012. Overall it was a great year for my Long Island zone 7 northeastern garden with many new and exciting additions to both the shade and sun areas of the garden. With just the right amount of rainfall and sun the new additions got a wonderful start and the garden flourished to its full capacity.

Buddleia Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip' (Dwarf Butterfly Bush)
Full Sun

Out of all the additions I think the dwarf butterfly bush, Knock Out roses and heuchera are my top favorites. 

Double Pink Knock Out Rose

The double Knock Out roses in red and pink have bloomed the entire summer non-stop and are a constant show.  The dwarf butterfly bush has attracted more butterflies to the garden than I have ever seen and the heuchera...well they have just added so much color to the shade garden with their new shades of amber and lime.  I own five varieties of heuchera to date which include 'Palace Purple', 'Caramel', 'Solar Eclipse', 'Citronelle' and 'Plum Pudding'. 
Heuchera 'Citronelle'-Partial Shade/Indirect Sun

I have especially enjoyed how my newest addition, 'Citronelle' has added so much brightness to the shadier part of the garden.  You cannot go wrong with heuchera.  It adds such wonderful color and texture to the landscape and supplies interest even throughout most of the winter months.  I plan to add even more to my garden bed borders next season so keep the new varieties coming!

Heuchera 'Caramel'-Partial Shade/Indirect Sun

Also shown  is Heuchera 'Caramel' which looks great along with evergreens .  This variety seems to do well in a northeastern exposure and is adapting well to full sun or shade.  This is Heuchera 'Solar Eclipse', one of the newest members to the garden with its interesting variegated foliage. It prefers partial to full shade. 

Heuchera 'Solar Eclipse' -Shade

The 'Burgundy Glow' Ajuga has also added a lot of interest this season.  Even now in winter it displays a vibrant purple foliage that shows up magnificently against the green of the hollies behind them.

Ajuga 'Burgundy Glow'-Shade/Partial Sun

I must also mention my new favorite Endless Summer Hydrangea 'Twist & Shout'.    Its beautiful lace cap flowers are so delicate and breathtaking that I await in anticipation to see it bloom again next summer.  Every time I think they cannot develop a better hydrangea another variety is introduced that is just as alluring.

Hydrangea 'Twist & Shout' (Lacecap Variety)-Partial Shade

Looking back at 2011 it was a very productive year in the garden.  A garden certainly is a thing of beauty that constantly changes and that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.  I can wholeheartedly say that my garden has been such an important part of my life over all these years and it has provided me with more enjoyment than I could have ever possibly imagined.   I can also say the same about being a garden blog writer. I started writing almost two years ago and it too has brought so much joy to my life.  It has opened up a whole new avenue in communicating with fellow gardeners who share my passion.  It has also helped me to realize that gardening really can go on all twelve months of the year. 

Pink Lace Tulip-Full Sun

Thank you for sharing your love of gardening with me and I hope you enjoy viewing the photos.  Please share your own experiences as well.  I know I am already planning for the 2012 garden! 

Here are some more of this years newest additions.
Double Red Knock Out Rose-Full Sun
These new additions have brought lots of color and joy to my 2011 gardens and I have also enjoyed writing about them. Now the 2012 gardening season is underway! Happy New Year and Happy 2012!



  1. Happy New Year! Isn't it wonderful to have a passion where we get to look forward to spring and summer every year! I saw a black heuchera at the garden center today. It would go well with your others. heehee - Just in case you needed a little more enabling! ;)

  2. Great review and stunning photos to match.


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