|Long Island Native Planting Before|
Here are some of the plantings that were used in the garden. I used a combination of shade tolerant native evergreens, flowering shrubs and perennials to achieve a garden that would provide interest throughout all seasons and serve the function of providing an inviting pathway from one entrance of the property to the next. Below are some descriptions of each selection.
Ilex glabra (Inkberry)
Inkberry is a hardy mid-sized evergreen shrub with glossy green leaves hardy in zones 4-9. It prefers to be grown in full sun to partial shade and reaches a mature height and width of 4-6 feet. Small white flowers in spring are followed by black berries in fall. This plant is known to be tolerant of a variety of conditions.
Kalmia latifolia (Mountain Laurel)
Mountain Laurel is an excellent shrub for shady areas and is hardy in zones 4-9. It is noted for its leathery glossy evergreen leaves that are dark green above and yellow green beneath along with attractive pale pink blooms in spring. Hardy in zones 4-9, Mountain Laurel prefers partial to full shade and grows to a mature height and width of 3-10 feet.
Arrowwood Viburnum dentatum (Native Viburnum)
Viburnum denatum is native to the eastern United States and hardy in zones 3-8. It is a useful medium-sized to large deciduous shrub that is tolerable of many growing conditions and soil types. Flattened clusters of creamy white blooms appear in late spring into early summer and when planted in groupings with other viburnum cultivars flowers develop into blue-black berries that attract birds. In fall, foliage turns to shades of yellow, burgundy or purple-red for additional interest. Arrowood Viburnum grows to a height and width of 6-10 feet and prefers to be grown in full sun to part shade.