Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up: June 2016 Long Island Garden

June 2016 Garden

June brings sunshine and abundant blooms to my Long Island garden and this year is no exception. After the cold snaps we experienced over the past couple of winters, the perennials seem to be bigger and brighter than usual and this gardener is enjoying the view.  The landscape has burst into a colorful display as the temperatures rise up into the mid to upper 70's with some recent days in the 80's. Another month has passed, which means a stroll in the June garden is in order. Since the blooms are waiting, come join with me in a walk through my June Long Island garden!
Itoh Peony 'Bartella'
First stop is one of the latest editions, hybrid Peony 'Bartella' which is going on its second season in the garden. I positioned these right in line with our patio window so I can start each day by taking in these giant sized breathtaking blooms before I go to work on client's gardens.  They bloom for only a few short weeks, but the flowers are worth it, and makes the wait for them even more worth looking forward to!
Perennial Border June
The perennial border along the patio is in bloom for June with Salvia 'May Night', Weeping Salix (Pussy Willow), Gold Mop' Cypress in the backdrop and Peony 'Bartella' in the foreground.  Also, the purple foliage of 'Palace Purple' Heuchera (Coral Bells), and white-bordered foliage of hosta are included for additional interest.
Itoh Peony 'Bartella' Close Up!
As we approach the Peony 'Bartella', let's get a close up view of its voluminous yellow, plate-sized blooms with deep yellow centers.
Peony Karl 'Rosenfeld' and Salvia 'May Night'
In the same border is Salvia 'May Night' in front of Peony 'Karl Rosenfeld'.  Blooming simultaneously, they create a combination of shocking pink and purple in the garden.
Salvia 'May Night'

I am happy to see all the pollinators out and about, as they are very much attracted to the Salvia 'May Night'.
Allium 'Globemaster'
Around to the pool garden, Allium 'Globemaster' is in bloom among Daylily 'Stella D Oro', which is just starting to come into bloom now. A secret is that the foliage of the daylilies hides the fading foliage of the allium (one of the tips from my book!) and Spirea 'Limemound' adds some extra color in the backdrop.
Knock Out Rose 'Raz Daz'
There is nothing like the color and smell of roses right by the back door.  Here is Knock Out Rose 'Raz Daz' in full bloom. It will go on like this all summer with new buds forming constantly.
Japanese Iris
These Japanese Iris were planted by my mom when I was just a child and they continue to grow along the fence border in the backyard.  I remember them from while I was growing up and they are a reminder of her each time I look at them.
Back Side Garden
Now, around to the back side gardens. In the far left corner, Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake' is blooming along with Rhododendron 'Elegans' (back right) and Nepeta 'Walkers Low' (front right). Also seen here are 'Spirea 'Goldmound', Heuchera 'Palace Purple' and 'Caramel' (to the left along the fence). 
Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake' Close Up Bloom
Here is the Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake' close up with its flattened bright white blooms that somewhat resemble the flowers of Dogwood.
Rhododendron Elegans
Rhodendron 'Elegans' is a stable in the garden with its voluminous lavender blooms that signal spring.
Center Island Garden Backyard
As we walk back towards the house, the backyard island bed is visible with Hinoki Cypress 'Compacta', Salvia 'May Night' and Sedum 'Brilliant' along with Coral Bells 'Palace Purple' and 'Caramel'...
Montgomery Globe Blue Spruce
and of course we couldn't leave out the bright blue foliage of 'Montgomery' Globe Blue Spruce, which we pass along the way!
Front Foundation Gardens
Come on along to the front yard.  From where you're standing you can get a long view of the front beds with Blue Atlas Cedar in the backdrop and two Weeping Japanese Maples, one of the red variety and the other green.
Weeping Japanese Cutleaf Maple (Green)
Here are the maples close up. The green one rises over my head (about six feet) and spans to about fifteen feet wide at this point, after many years of being established.
Weeping Japanese Cutleaf Maple (Red)
The red variety is approximately five and a half feet tall by ten feet in width. Its twisted trunk is starting to come into its element like that of the green tree.
Spirea japonica Double Play 'Big Bang'
Here is the queen of the front island bed, Spirea Double Play 'Big Bang' with its large pink blooms for June and throughout the summer.
Spirea japonica Double Play 'Big Bang' Bloom
The foliage changes color, which adds an extra highlight.
Double Knock Out Rose (Pink)
The Knock Out Roses are a long-time favorite of mine with their semi-fragrant pink blooms, which appear throughout the entire summer and into fall.
Lampost Garden Right Re-vamped June 2016 (East Bed)
As we approach the end of the garden tour for June, here are some of the latest re-vamps done to the garden just one week ago.  The fountain grasses in both the east and west beds had reached their expiration time and were replaced with some flowering shrubs.  In the east bed there is Weigela 'Wine & Roses' as the new addition...
Weigela 'Wine & Roses' 
and in the west bed are Spirea 'Magic Carpet', known for their changing foliage and blooms. They should starting filling in now that they are in the ground!
Lampost Garden Left Re-vamped June 2016 
The very mature Wisteria tree that I had started from just a vine over thirty years ago didn't make it through the last winter, so the new addition is  Kousa Dogwood 'Greensleeves'.
New Kousa Dogwood June 2016
I am hoping it thrives in its new home and has a good long life.
Perfect Patio Planter 2016 (Year IV):  Coleus and Sweet Potato Vine Combination
Back around to the patio area, here its this years version of the Coleus and Potato Vine Planter that will mature over the summer. It's all about the foliage!!!
Garden Visitor

Last, but not least, we have a couple of garden visitors this year and hopefully they will stick to eating only the grass and stay away from the blooms...so far so good. They are cute little fellows so I am hoping we can co-exist peacefully.
Roses in Vase from my Garden
As the tour comes to an end here are some roses from the garden to enjoy on the kitchen windowsill.
June 2016 Garden
I  hope you enjoyed the stroll through my June garden. Special thanks go out to our hostesses Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it possible to see blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-Up.  I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Today's FlowersFloral FridaysMosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage, I Heart MacroMacro Monday 2, and Nature Notes at Rambling Woods.  Also check out What's Blooming This Week Garden Update and In a Vase on Monday at Rambling in the Garden.

For more gardening information, you may be interested in my newly published book, A Guide to Northeastern Gardening: Journeys of a Garden Designer (Gardening in Zones 3-9). You can see a preview here on Amazon


As Always...Happy Gardening!

Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2016. All rights reserved

46 comments:

  1. What a nice stroll around your garden Lee!
    I liked your 3d photo, so tidy and clean garden you have. That's a lot of work, I know. Lovely weeping Japanese maple, this winter I lost my Japanese maple that was 10, so pity.

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed the stroll Nadezda and thank you for your kind words. I try to walk the garden in the morning or evening to keep things in check and it is relaxing to do a little pruning here and there. I appreciate you noticing! Sorry to hear about your Japanese Maple. It is hard to lose a plant after getting so attached to it over the years.

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  2. June at its very best! Your garden looks beautiful and I am so pleased to hear about the pollinators. If only they would develop a long-flowering or remontant peony... wouldn't it be wonderful?

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    1. It is nice to see the bees and butterflies returning in greater numbers and a longer blooming peony would be fabulous Sarah! They have come up with stronger and hardier varieties over the years such as this 'Bartella', which does bloom a little bit longer than my Karl Rosenfeld!

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  3. Beautiful! I love it all, however my favorite is the peony near the top of the post - gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! They are still a few buds left to enjoy!

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  4. Your garden is gorgeous! Such beautiful combinations provide so many great ideas for other gardeners, like me. The yellow peony is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much Rose! I appreciate your kind words and am glad you enjoyed my gardens!

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  5. Lovely blooms, all of them!
    The Rhody is especially pretty!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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  6. What an amazing variety of blooms and foliage. Thank you for sharing them with us. Happy Bloom Day.

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    1. Thank you Dorothy. I enjoyed my visit to your gardens as well. Happy Bloom Day!

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  7. You have such a gorgeous garden. I added my first two viburnum bushes this season. I picked out some Blue Muffin Arrowwood viburnums. Now I really want to add the Summer Snowflake variety! So stunning! Happy Bloom Day :)

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    1. The Summer Snowflake variety is nice in that it stays smaller than the others and produces a long span of blooms. It is definitely one of my favorites in the viburnum family.

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  8. Everything so pristine and ordered and clearly in good health. The work that goes into that must be extensive. Very enjoyable to have a walk through your estate.

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    1. Joanna-you just made my day! Thank you for visiting and for your kind words!

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  9. Stunning, Lee! If I had to pick a favorite I do love Itoh Peony 'Bartella'. Enjoyed visiting your garden again. Happy Bloom Day! P. x

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    1. Thanks so much Pam. It's always a pleasure to visit your gardens as well. Happy Gardening and Happy Bloom Day!

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  10. I love your garden, especially the striking contrast between Salvia 'May Night' and Gold Mop' Cypress.

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    1. Thank you Alain. I enjoy combining colors and textures, and the purple/gold combo is one of my favorites!

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  11. Good to have a round up of a different garden - you have more space than I have! Those maples ares tunning, as is that Knock Out rose - is that what's in your vase?

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    1. Thank you Cathy...and yes, you guessed it.The flowers in the vase are Double Knock Outs! Thanks for hosting and I am glad I was able to join in.

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  12. What a beautiful yard.thanks for sharing your stroll with us.

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    1. Thank you Rebecca! I enjoyed your photography and beautiful blooms.

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  13. I love your blog! So happy I found it.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that Kaitlyn. I hope you will visit again!

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  14. Gorgous GARDEN! How many helpers do you have, it is so well maintained.
    I have the Karl Peony and next to it a large Blue Indigo, I wait for the two to bloom, they complement each other. Wonder if the knock out rose would live in Maine all UI have bought die. yvonne

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit Yvonne. The peony and indigo must be nice combination...would love to see it! Knock Out Roses are hardy in zones 5-11. I know Maine covers zones 3-6, depending on where you are located, so the roses may be borderline.

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  15. Your garden is stunning! So many magnificent blooms and trees, a cute cottontail and busy bee. Fabulous! Thank you for including Today's Flowers and I wish you a very happy weekend :)

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    1. Thank you for hosting and visiting Denise. Have a great week!

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  16. I don't know, ur gorgeous flowers look pretty tempting. Have u caught any rabbits munching on flowers yet? You have done a tremendous landscaping job! Good catch on that bee, hope u didn't get stung. I adore the blue spruce and Globemaster.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. The rabbits and I have a mutual understanding that the flowers are off limits...so far at least. The bees go about their business collecting pollen from the salvia. I try to respect their space and use a telephoto lens.

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  17. I am a bit behind with reading blogs and commenting, better late than never :-)
    Thanks for the stroll in your beautiful garden, you have so many plants this time that I would love to have! I have put some of them on my ever growing wish-list, the Salvia 'May Night' first of all. Funny you are using alliums together with daylilies – I haven’t read your book, but I am doing the same in two different beds here in my new garden :-)

    Your acers are what impresses me most in your garden though, the red one looks very much like the Acer palmatum ‘Garnet’ I used to have – and left, in my previous garden. Do you know the names of yours and how old they are? How long does it take to get them to that size?! My ‘Garnet’ was in a sheltered, shady position as both wind and sun could damage the leaves – and did at times even where it was, yours seem to be in a very exposed position to both sun and wind – are they still OK with that?

    Oh, and finally, your garden visitor is very cute – hope that’s all they do, turn up and show how cute they are :-) Have a good Sunday in the garden!

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    1. I am very late as well getting to comments...have been very busy...but catching up! The Japanese Maples were planted about twenty years ago and the red one is Acer palmatum 'Garnet.' The green variety is Acer palmatum 'Viridis' Green Dissected Japanese Maple. Both trees are on the east side of the property but are exposed to southern exposure, and do fine. Bunny has been well behaved and cooperating so far, and hopefully will continue to do so! As far as the salvia, you should definitely get some and will love its bright purple blooms! Thank you for visiting Helene. I can always count on you for dropping by on Bloom Day and sincerely appreciate it. Have a wonderful week!

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  18. Wow...what a beautiful garden. I am sorry that you had winter losses...hopefully everything will make it from here on out...I love the May Night Salvia. It was one of the first plants I planted here.....Great bee magnet....Michelle

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    1. Thanks Michelle! The past couple of winters have been rough with the extreme temperature changes but the new plants are doing well. Hopefully we won't get the sudden zero degree temperatures again. Happy gardening!

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  19. Lee your garden is a showplace that is just exquisite even with some losses.....thanks for sharing its beauty!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Donna. Have a great weekend!

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  20. Delightful shots of a stunning variety of plants and wonderful flowers, Lee!
    Thank you for taking part in the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

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  21. My, what wonderful colors! I don't think I could pick a favorite!!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed Betty. Thanks for visiting and for your kind words. Have a great weekend!

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  22. As usual a top blog. Please I have a photo of some weird plant from nowhere,
    on my blog post do you know what it is?? yvonne

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    1. Thanks Yvonne! I think it may be Platycodon (Balloon Flower) but the bloom looks a little different from the angle. Here is a link for Platycodon (Balloon Flower) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platycodon so you can check it out.

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  23. Love your pictures and your gardens! I can't make a perennial live to save my life! I can get vicarious enjoyment by looking at yours.

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    1. Thanks so much Susan for visiting and for your kind words! I am glad you enjoyed my gardens. Have a great week!

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