Thursday, November 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up November 2018: All the Colors of Fall!

November Garden
Welcome to my Long Island autumn garden! It's time for another Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up to see what the garden is up to for the month of November. With daytime temperatures in the 50's and a good amount of rainfall, the garden is transitioning into an array of color. Come along for a stroll!
Pool Garden with Spirea Magic Carpet
While some look at autumn as a time of sadness for the garden, I like to think of it as a time of beauty and renewal. As the garden goes towards dormancy, it is storing up all its energy in preparation for a wonderful renewal in spring, and many plants require the colder temperatures to come back with vigor. 
Spirea Magic Carpet Autumn Foliage
One of my favorite autumn transitions is that of Spirea 'Magic Carpet'. It has become one of my most loved shrubs for foliage and blooms and I think you can guess why. 
Skyland's Oriental Spruce and Coral Bark Maple
The foliage of Coral Bark Maple (on the right) is turning from pale green to this fiery orange-red. Soon it's bark, as the name implies, will be turning to shades of coral-red. Another favorite specimen tree of mine is Golden Oriental Spruce 'Skylands' to the left.
Nellie Stevens Holly Berries November
Berries on 'Nellie Stevens' Holly display a yellowish tinge right now for autumn, and will turn bright red for the winter months.
Yaku Jima Grass and Sedum
Yaku Jima Maiden Grass is showing its plumes against the remaining seed heads of Sedum 'Brilliant'...
Perennial Border Autumn Color!
and the Perennial Border has transitioned into autumn mode. The grafted Blue Globe Spruce takes on a whole new look with the contrasting yellowing foliage below.
Echinacea Seed Heads
Seed heads of Echinacea are a treat for bird visitors!
Garden Whimsy
Here is one of my favorite statues, as a young girl and boy play in the garden without a care in the world. It was a new addition this past season.
Mugo Pine and Sedum Brilliant
Some of the Sedum in the front garden bed is still showing some bright pink blooms. It just refuses to give up! Behind it is Mugo Pine and Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar.
Coral Bark Maple Autumn
Here is another view of the Coral Bark Maple in the front of the property as its foliage changes. In this view the Skyland's Oriental Spruce is to its right.

Green Weeping Japanese Maple
The Weeping Japanese Maples on the front lawn are in autumn mode as well.
Red Weeping Japanese Maple
You can see a bit of a street view here as the trees on the median display their foliage.
Perennial Border Astilbe and Lamb's Ear Autumn Color
Let's walk back around to the western side of the property in order to make a full circle. Here is the back perennial border from another view. I enjoy the contrast of the bright white foliage of Lamb's Ear against the orange hues of dried Astilbe.
Perennial Border Autumn
Everything takes on a totally different look in the fall and the colors are vibrant!
Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan) Seed Heads
Here are more seed heads for the birds, this time from Rudbeckia.
Pumpkin and Mums
It just wouldn't be fall without a pumpkin and some Chrysanthemums...
New Addition: Perfect Friends
and a new garden addition! I fell in love with this statue and had to have it. This was a busy year for garden decor and I am enjoying each piece for its own uniqueness.
Shade Garden
Around to the northwest side of the property is the shade garden with evergreen Leucothoe (backdrop), spreading yew (left) and Japanese Forest Grass (right).
Weeping White Pine
Here is the Weeping White Pine by the pool patio, one of my low maintenance favorites.
Succulent Planter Autumn
If you want to try something fun next summer, try planting succulents of various types in a strawberry planter. It makes the perfect container garden for an area of high light and even looks good into fall.
Double Red Knock Out Rose
Speaking of autumn interest, the Double Knock Out Roses just keep on giving...
Montauk Daisies
and of course there are Montauk Daisies. This time they are in my own garden!
Mill Pond Sayville, Long Island, New York
Happy autumn from Long Island and thanks for coming along! Here is a view of our local pond within walking distance. It's a place I love to visit, especially in the fall.
November Garden

I hope you enjoyed your stroll through my November garden. Please feel free to stay a while and catch up on some of my other posts. Special thanks go out to our hostess 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. Also, special thanks to Pam Penick at Digging who has hosted Foliage Follow-Up for all these years, a meme I will still continue to honor. I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Floral Friday Fotos, Macro Monday 2, Nature Notes at Rambling WoodsDishing It & Digging It on Sunday with Angie the Freckled RoseImage-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday with NC Sue and Gardens Galore Link Up Party on the 17th with Everyday Living.

  ~As Always...Happy Gardening ~

Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening,© Copyright 2018. All rights reserved.


  1. You do have a lot of wonderful Autumn color! Mums and pumpkins always say Autumn!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

    1. Happy Bloom Day Lea. I love your autumn photos and the Mockingbird capture is amazing!

  2. Oh my!Your garden is stunning,such beauty...You have the prettiest statues,just adorable...It is a pleasure stopping by!Best wishes!

    1. Thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed the visit. Happy holidays to you!

  3. Hello, Lee!
    I agree with you saying that autumn is a time of renewal. Your garden is pretty in this season! The weeping Japanese maple, Sedum Brilliant and a big nice pumpkin. Your new additions, garden statues are beautiful I especially love Playing girl and boy.
    Happy November!

    1. I like to look at it that way and the plants do need to go to sleep for the winter so that they can renew in springtime. I enjoyed your beautiful cacti blooms which are such a rare treat! They must be getting the perfect combination of sunlight and water.

  4. Your garden wears it's autumn finery beautifully. Most of the trees in our area are bare already but there are still a few showing off some color. As in every season, your garden looks fabulous!

    1. Thank you Peter! It's always a pleasure visiting you. Have a wonderful holiday season!

  5. Its always a pleasure to take a walk in to your garden and admire those beautiful foliage .
    have a great week ahead.

    1. Hi Arun. Your tropical garden blooms are beautiful! Have a great week and happy holidays to you and yours.

  6. What great autumn color. We sort of skipped over fall this year, but our fall color isn't all that great anyway. Thanks for sharing yours!

    1. I enjoyed seeing your beautiful blooms before the frost. We had temperatures in the 70's here as well, but then it got cold with an unexpected first snow!

  7. Our fall is past (even as snow falls) near Binghamton, NY but I will say that I've never seen as much fantastic color as the Japanese maples gave us up here. And yours are beautiful, too. You have gorgeous color. The pond color - so blue. Montauk daisies? Learned something today. Alana

    1. Thank you Alana. It was a very colorful autumn this year. The leaves are all finally down as the rains come and the garden goes into hibernation.

  8. Beautiful, beautiful garden. In the interest of time and other things on my calendar, I put my garden to bed in the latter part of October, but I sure enjoyed walking among your late fall splendor. It was a real treat meeting you this year through your blog and gardening journal, Lee.

    1. It has been a treat meeting you as well and I will continue to enjoy your posts. Your garden looks so well manicured and the pansies are a nice touch for fall!

  9. Planted some daisies this fall. Hope they come back next year!

    1. We think alike! Daisies are pretty hardy so they should be fine. Happy Holidays to you and yours!


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