Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up September: Late Summer Garden

Welcome to my Garden!

It's September 15th and time for another walk in the garden for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. As the temperatures start to moderate into the mid to upper 70's, there is a slight feeling of autumn in the air. While some of the mid-summer blooms continue their display, the next set of seasonal interest is underway. Come along with me for a tour of my Long Island zone 7 garden.
Thanks for Visiting!
Let's start the tour with the newest welcome sign that I found on a trip out east this past week. I saw it and could not resist, for as most of you may know, I have a love of sunflowers. The sign was purchased on the way back from visiting the North Fork sunflower maze here on the island in Mattituck, a favorite on my go to list each summer.
Double Knock Out Rose 
While the sunflowers are blooming out east, my Double Red Knock Out Roses continue to thrive and push out blooms along the back patio garden. The blooms are continuous through fall.
Yaku Jima Maiden Grass & Sedum 'Brilliant'
Along the pool garden, September brings Sedum blooms. I have several varieties and this one is Sedum 'Brilliant'. It lies against a backdrop of  'Yaku Jima' Dwarf Maiden Grass, which stays upright and compact, reaching a height of about 4 feet tall with its plumes. This particular Sedum stays at a compact size of just 12-18 inches tall.
Simply Purr...fect!!
On the other side of the patio is this garden statue that my mom had bought for me many years ago. I love it, as it reminds me of  her and the smile she had the moment she saw it.
Sedum 'Brilliant'
Here is another look at Sedum 'Brilliant' up close. The blooms are exceptionally vivid this year.
Daylily Still Blooming in September!
What is this...Stella D' Oro Daylily still blooming? After a total rejuvenation (one which I perform every year), it has formed new foliage and blooms to bring the garden through fall. This one resides along the back patio.
Back Shade Garden
In the back shade garden, Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' is blooming with its spikes of vibrant purple flowers.
Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' (Lilyturf)
Its blooms are also very vibrant this year. We have been getting a lot of rain and this plant thrives on that.
Back Shade Area-Secret Garden
To the right of the liriope is a path which is somewhat hidden until you come up to it. At the end of the path is a miniature bird bath with two sparrows and the saying "Look at the Sparrow as he holds tomorrow". This part of the garden has been known as the "secret garden" when visitors come to visit.
Back Shade Garden
Here is another view of the shade garden with Leucothoe 'Axillaris', Variegated Boxwood and Hakonechloa (Japanese Forest Grass).
St. John's Wort Late Summer
On the opposite side of the path is Hypericum (St. John's Wort). It produces yellow blooms in summer, but I think I am more fascinated with these berries it produces late summer into fall. 
Echibeckia Summerina 'Blazing Fire'
Echibeckia is still blooming for the third month in a row. Love this new plant!
A Little Garden Whimsy
Come along to the opposite side of the pool garden. If you take a peak behind the Sky Pencil Holly, a stature of a girl and boy playing becomes visible among a planting of Heuchera (Coral Bells) 'Caramel'.
Kousa Dogwood Fruit Late Summer
Kousa Dogwood 'Greensleeves' is producing its bright red fruit for late summer into fall...
Sedum 'Thundercloud'
and Sedum 'Thundercloud' is displaying its soft pinkish-white blooms that resemble fluffy clouds in the late summer sky.
Mandevilla Still Blooming!
Along the patio, Mandevilla continues its non-stop blooms into fall. This has been the best season I have ever seen with this tropical vine, which I wish would survive all year in our climate!
Front Entrance Garden
As we get towards the end of the tour of my September garden, let's stroll along the front of the property to see what blooms we can find.
Front Walkway-Evergreen Walk
The Variegated Liriope is now in its bloom season, producing spikes of purple flowers against its variegated green and white foliage.
Liriope 'Variegata'
Here is a closer look!
Foliage Combination Front Garden
A foliage combination I often use is that of Heuchera (Coral Bells) 'Palace Purple' with the blue foliage of Blue Star Juniper, golden foliage of Hinoki Cypress 'Verdoni' and the variegated foliage of the liriope.
Blue Atlas Cedar & Hydrangea 'Tardivia'
Here are the late summer blooms of Hydrangea 'Tardivia' against the blue foliage of Blue Atlas Cedar in the backdrop. 
September Long Island Garden
Thank you for visiting my September garden. I hope you enjoyed your visit and as always, I look forward to hearing from you and seeing what's growing in your neck of the woods! 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 FotosMacro Monday 2, Mosaic Monday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf, Nature Notes at Rambling WoodsImage-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday with NC Sue and Gardens Galore Link Up Party every other Monday with Everyday Living. I am also happy to join the Weekly Photo Link-Up at My Corner of the World on Wednesdays and Garden Affair at Jaipur Garden

A GUIDE TO NORTHEASTERN GARDENING NEWS:

I recently had the pleasure of joining Kathy Jentz from Washington Gardener Magazine on her GardenDC Podcast and it was like talking with an old friend. We discussed the low maintenance garden and every thing else to do with gardening, including an into to my newest book. Thank you Kathy for having me! If you would like to listen to her podcast, visit here at GardenDC Podcast.

If you haven't already done so, and would like to stay informed of new posts, there is a new follow.it subscription service at the top right side of this page to replace the feedburner app which will no longer send e-mail notifications in the future. You may have already received an e-mail to confirm your subscription to continue receiving posts. 

If you are a gardener or wanting to learn more about garden design and maintenance, you may enjoy my books. To learn more, visit 
My Author Page. I have written four books to pass along my knowledge and experiences as a landscape designer and gardener, which I have been all my life! They are A Guide to Northeastern Gardening: Journeys of a Garden Designer Zones 3-9Landscape Design CombinationsDream, Garden, Grow!-Musings of a Lifetime Gardener and my latest Gardening by Month: A Monthly Guide to Planning the Northeastern & Mid-Atlantic Garden

Be well and As Always...Happy Gardening! 😊

Author: Lee @A Guide to Northeastern Gardening,© Copyright 2010-2021. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Feature Shrub: Hydrangea Fire Light Tidbit-Compact, Long-Blooming and Fabulous!

This Month in the Garden
Welcome to This Month in the Garden! There's a new hydrangea in town and it's the tiniest panicle hydrangea yet! Developed by the growers at Proven Winners Color Choice Shrubs, this new dwarf cultivar, Hydrangea, Fire Light Tidbit, reaches a size of just 2-3' tall by wide! Hardy in USDA zones 3-8, 'Fire Light Tidbit' produces large, lush panicles of white mophead flowers from mid summer to fall on a compact plant that can fit into the smallest of spaces!

Hydrangea Fire Light Tidbit Mid-Summer

Initially, lime green blooms mature and turn to white. As the summer progresses, blooms begin to develop bright pinkish-red tones near the end of August, which keep the interest coming right on up until the first frost.
Hydrangea Fire Light Tidbit Late Summer (Photo Credit: Proven Winners Color Choice Shrubs)
Another special attribute is that this new cultivar produces an array of colorful autumn foliage, an unusual trait in panicle hydrangeas. Stems are sturdy, creating a neat, mounded shrub that's a perfect fit in foundation plantings, flower gardens, landscape borders and even containers!
Hydrangea Fire Light Tidbit Fall Foliage (Photo Credit: Proven Winners Color Choice Shrubs)
PLANTING & MAINTENANCE: Plant this cultivar in full sun to part shade in a moderately moist, well-drained soil. Blooms of the upcoming season form on new wood, so pruning can be performed by cutting back the main branches by one-third in late winter or early spring. Pruning can also be performed in late fall, once the plant has gone completely dormant. To encourage robust blooms and a healthy plant, it is recommended to feed your hydrangea in early spring using a slow release granular fertilizer. 
Hydrangea Size Comparison Chart (Photo Credit: Proven Winners Color Choice Shrubs)

I have this hydrangea growing in my garden and it was love at first sight! As a designer, I am always looking for new cultivars that are compact, colorful and low maintenance, and this shrub has it all.

I hope you enjoyed This Month in the Garden for August. Be sure to stop by on the 1st. and 15th. of each month as I continue to share gardening tips, information and horticultural adventures! (Linking with: Floral FridaysMacro Monday 2Ruby Tuesday and Image-in-ing Weekly Photo Link-Up.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up August: Late Summer Blooms!

Welcome to my August Garden!
Welcome! It's August and the Crape Myrtle are blooming along with many other sights to see! The "dog days" of summer are here with the past three days of  89 to 91 degree temperatures with lots of humidity. The gardens are loving it though and the blooms keep coming. Come along and join me for a tour of my Long Island garden!
Patio Garden
One of my favorite all-summer bloomers is this potted red Mandevilla vine which lives on the patio right by the back door entry. It is an addition I make a point of having every year and it provides so much joy! In the raised garden bed and along the patio are late summer blooming favorites, Crape Myrtle 'Sioux' and Platycodon (Balloon Flower) with more to follow.
Patio Garden Looking out to Island Bed
Lets take a closer look. Now in view is blue-hued Balloon Flower (Playtcodon 'Komachi') with the back island bed straight ahead. I've had the Platycodon for many years and purchased this Crape Myrtle at about four feet tall, grew it in a planter until it was 6 feet tall, then transplanted it into an island bed on the back lawn, created to become its permanent home. That was sometime in the late 1990's. It is now at a stately 25-30 feet tall and bears magnificent deep pink blooms which I look forward to late July into fall.
Crape Myrtle 'Sioux'
Here are the blooms of Crape Myrtle 'Sioux' up close...
Platycodon grandiflorus 'Komachi'
and an up close and personal with the Platycodon (Balloon flower)! 'Komachi' unlike other Platycodon varieties, never opens its blooms, making it very unique.
Crape Myrtle Exfoliating Bark
The bark of Crape Myrtle is especially interesting late summer into winter as it exfoliates to expose colorful layers. This is one of those additions that provides more than just the blooms for all season interest!
Perennial Border
In the perennial border, other blooms can be seen alongside Platycodon. They include Echinacea (Coneflower) Pow Wow 'Wild Berry', Stachys (Lamb's Ear ) and Echibeckia Summerina.
Rudbeckia 'Little Gold Star'
This dwarf form of Rudbeckia, Little Gold Star' has really done well since I purchased it about four years ago. It stays nice and compact and does not spread like its parent form.
Echibeckia Summerina 'Blazing Star'
This summer I returned to the local farm stand where I had purchased  Echibeckia last year and got another one for the opposite side of the garden. Now the two of them frame the path leading from the patio to the back lawn. I am really enjoying the new cultivar, which is a cross between Echinacea and Rudbeckia.
Southeastern Garden Border
The Sedum 'Brilliant' are about to show their pink blooms any day now as Double Knock Out Rose continues to bloom along the back fenceline...
Daylily Stella D' Oro Still Blooming!
and Daylily 'Stella D Oro' continues with its third round of blooms after rejuvenation.
Mandevilla
Here is Mandevilla up close!
Hydrangea 'Nikko Blue' Late Summer
Hydrangea blooms are always welcomed, as the blooms of this 'Nikko Blue' variety turn to a purplish hue as the summer moves on. The Hydrangea have had an outstanding season after suffering from two previous cold winters with no snow cover.
Driveway Border
Along the driveway border, Coreopsis 'Zagreb' continues its blooms throughout summer into fall with purple-leaved Weigela 'Spilled Wine' in the backdrop, Skylands Oriental Spruce to the left and Coral Bark Maple to the right. There is also Hinoki Cypress 'Verdoni' and Coneflower to the right.
Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit'
The Coneflower (Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit) is sporting several blooms this time of year. It's always a surprise what color flowers will form on this plant, with blooms ranging from pink to orange, to the cream colored blooms you see here.
Hydrangea 'Tardiva'
I always look forward to the blooms of Hydrangea 'Tardiva', a later-blooming panicle hydrangea along the northeastern side of the property. I will often cut the slightly fragrant flowers to give as gifts or to display in a vase.
Front Lawn & Tree Hydrangea
As you can see, it is a prolific bloomer.
Front Lawn-Blue Atlas Cedar
This very mature Blue Atlas Cedar lives on the front lawn, towering at about forty feet tall. Yes...it is the tree that I brought home in the back of a Ford Probe when I had just started designing. It was entertainment for everyone at the nursery as I loaded it into the back of the car through a hatch-back before finally moving to a pick up truck. Ahh...those were the days!
Front Lawn Long View
The Weeping Japanese Maples on the front lawn can be seen at this angle. To the south of the Japanese Maples is the front corner island bed with a dwarf form of Sedum, Sedum 'Pure Joy,' which is displaying its light pink blooms.
Sedum 'Pure Joy'
Here is a close up!
Driveway Border Southwest Side
Moving back along the driveway once again, Spirea 'Magic Carpet' is still pushing out some of its rosy pink blooms alongside Weeping Norway Spruce and the foliage of Variegated Iris.
Patio Container Garden
As we come to the end of the tour, this newly planted container garden with Dwarf Alberta Spruce 'Jeans's Dilly' (maximum height of three feet), Dwarf Hinoki Cypress and 'Franklin Boy' Ornamental Arborvitae' with its unusual threadlike golden foliage are thriving. I hope it continues to do well throughout the winter months.
Greeting Committee (just for fun!)
I hope you enjoyed your stroll and thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see you around! 
August Garden-Thanks for Visiting!
Thank you for visiting my August garden. As always, I enjoy hearing from you and seeing what's growing in your neck of the woods! 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 FotosMacro Monday 2, Mosaic Monday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf, Nature Notes at Rambling WoodsImage-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday with NC Sue and Gardens Galore Link Up Party every other Monday with Everyday Living. I am also happy to join the Weekly Photo Link-Up at My Corner of the World on Wednesdays and Garden Affair at Jaipur Garden

A GUIDE TO NORTHEASTERN GARDENING NEWS:

The GardenComm 2021 Virtual Conference was a great success with so much fun, great information and the best group of gardeners you'd ever want to meet! Four fun filled days were packed with everything to do with gardening, from TV personalities to advice from professionals to garden tours around the world, and I was honored to be a presenter on the Meet the Authors Panel! Go to the GardenComm website to learn more and become a member!

If you haven't already done so, and would like to stay informed of new posts, there is a new follow.it subscription service at the top right side of this page to replace the feedburner app which will no longer send e-mail notifications in the future. You may have already received an e-mail to confirm your subscription to continue receiving posts. 

If you are a gardener or wanting to learn more about garden design and maintenance, you may enjoy my books. To learn more, visit 
My Author Page. I have written four books to pass along my knowledge and experiences as a landscape designer and gardener, which I have been all my life! They are A Guide to Northeastern Gardening: Journeys of a Garden Designer Zones 3-9Landscape Design CombinationsDream, Garden, Grow!-Musings of a Lifetime Gardener and my latest Gardening by Month: A Monthly Guide to Planning the Northeastern & Mid-Atlantic Garden

Be well and As Always...Happy Gardening! 😊

Author: Lee @A Guide to Northeastern Gardening,© Copyright 2010-2021. All rights reserved.

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