Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up November 2016: The Many Colors of Autumn

November 2016
Albert Camus once quoted, "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." His words recollect in my mind every fall as the landscape turns into a canvas of kaleidoscopic color. November has arrived and it is time for another Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up, so come along with me as we explore my Long Island garden.
The Changing Colors of Autumn
As the temperatures dip into the 50's, there are so many changes going on in the landscape, as foliage that was once green turns to hues of orange and gold. As we start our walk we immediately come across some of nature's artwork. Sometimes something as simple as a lone leaf will appear like a well planned painting.
Hosta in Autumn
Structure becomes more of a prominent factor in the garden in November. Here is the exfoliating bark of Crape Myrtle 'Sioux'. The underlying trunk has a mixture of light and dark hues, which are more noticeable at this time of year as the top layer disappears.
Crape Myrtle Bark Autumn
Here is the back perennial border.  Astilbe and coneflowers have turned to seed heads, while Stachys (Lamb's Ear) still displays its soft white foliage, which will last well into the winter months.
Perennial Border November
These seed heads of Sedum 'Brilliant' make for nice interest in the fall garden and can even be brought inside as dried floral display, which I'll do on occassion.
Sedum 'Brilliant' Seed Head
The colors seem to be coming on much stronger this year, brought on by a prolonged period of drought followed by rainfall and cooler temperatures throughout this month and last. It's fascinating how the morning dew on this Spirea 'Limemound' is causing it to shimmer in the sunlight, resembling what looks like tiny pink crystals.
Morning Dew on Spirea
Here are the remains of Echinacea 'Pow Wow'. I leave the seed heads in the garden for a long time until they practically disintegrate. They add interest to the perennial border and supply seeds to the birds as well.
Echinacea Seed Heads
As we pass by the back northwest bed, we encounter one of the newest additions to the garden. The longtime wisteria that had thrived there for twenty years did not come back from the winter of 2016, so I replaced it with this 'Kousa' Dogwood.  I love this tree and the striking red fruit it produces in fall. Hopefully it will thrive in its new home.
Kousa Dogwood Autumn
Here is a closer look of the large fruit!
Kousa Dogwood Fruit
        The Weeping Japanese Maple on the front lawn has been there for over twenty years and is showing its wonderful fall foliage...a sight I look forward to every year.  
Weeping Japanese Maple
Perennial Border November
   Let's circle back around and pass by the perennial border another time. In this view is Blue Star Juniper on the right with astilbe seed heads...
Stachys (Lamb's Ear) November
and here is the Lamb's Ear much closer up.
Rudbeckia 'Little Goldstar' 
A true gardener never gives up thinking and adding new elements to the garden and I could not pass up these new hybrid Rudbeckia 'Little Goldstar', seen while at the nursery.  They are a dwarf growing form, only reaching a height of 14 inches tall.  Rudbeckia 'Little Goldstar' is hardy in USDA zones 4-9, prefers full sun to partial shade and blooms from September through fall. 
Weeping Norway Spruce
While many of the other plants in the garden go through seasonal changes, the true reliable evergreens continue to add interest all year long. I have several of these Weeping Norway Spruce throughout the property, for each one has its own unique form and character. This particular one resides along the perimeter of the back patio.
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar, CoralBark Maple and Golden Oriental Spruce 'Skylands'
Other evergreens on the property include this Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar (front) and Golden Oriental Spruce (to the right). To the left of the spruce in the center is Coral Bark Maple Acer palmatum 'Sango kaku' and to the far left towering above is a White Ash.
May Night Salvia's Last Bloom
May Night Salvia is a favorite of mine in the garden and while they are only supposed to bloom throughout May until August, there is a trick in getting them to last all the way though November. Here are the last of the blooms.

Lady's Mantle
Lady's Mantle is known for its beautiful foliage, especially when graced by the morning dew. I have had this plant in my garden for many years and get lots of enjoyment from it.
Montauk Daisy
I have always had a fondness of Montauk Daisies over the years and they were also my mom's favorite flower. While at the nursery a couple of weeks ago I finally bought some. They bloom from late summer well into November, but do tend to take up a lot of space in the garden, so I planted them in a large planter on the patio. I am hoping to enjoy their beautiful blooms right from the window each fall, and think of mom each time I see them. 

Succulent Planter Autumn Blooms
Do you remember the other succulent planter I have with the Hens and Chicks, which bloomed last July? I had made up another planter with a mix of sedum varieties, and it is now also blooming. It started in late September and has been going on for some time now.
Mill Pond Autumn Glory
Well that's it for the garden, but the tour just wouldn't be complete unless I took you for a stroll down the street to the local pond. This is the sight we are graced with every year, ever since I was growing up in my small town. The beauty never ceases to amaze me, so I thought I would share it with you.
Mill Pond: The Changing Colors of Autumn
Autumn has arrived...
Autumn at Mill Pond
with a silent stillness...
Mill Pond Autumn Reflections
as the trees cast reflections in the water.
In A Vase on Monday

As the tour for November comes to an end, here are some Knock Out Roses I just collected from the garden...which...yes...are still blooming. Soon, delicate white flakes of snow will be upon them and they will be done for the season, so I enjoy them for as long as I can.
November Memories

I  hope you enjoyed your stroll through my November 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 FridaysI Heart MacroMacro Monday 2, and Nature Notes at Rambling Woods. Also check out What's Blooming This Week Garden UpdateIn a Vase on Monday at Rambling in the Garden, Garden Bloggers' Foliage Day and Saturday's Critters.

Planning your garden for next spring and need some winter reading? Have you read my bookA Guide to Northeastern Gardening: Journeys of a Garden Designer (Gardening in Zones 3-9)? It covers a wide range of information on garden design, tips, maintenance and more! If you have read my book and found it to be helpful, please consider leaving a short review on Amazon. Reviews are vital in getting a book noticed and your help would be very much appreciated!

As Always...Happy Gardening!

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


  1. So much beauty in your area, especially with the crepe myrtles, a plant I love and which isn't hardy where I live. I believe our upstate NY fall colors were also enhanced by the drought. For me, it came as a pleasant surprise. Thank you for sharing. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you Alana. I enjoyed your post showing the multiple colors of newly fallen leaves. There is certainly something beautiful about autumn!

  2. Beautiful fall colors! I love the Lamb's Ears in the border. I don't have any in my present garden. We moved four years ago, and many of our perennials didn't survive the move.

    1. It's amazing how the Lamb's Ear adds brightness to the garden, especially in autumn. I had gotten mine from a client years ago who had offered it to me. I never knew how much pleasure I would get from it!

  3. Wow! So much colour in your garden, its lovely! Our trees have dropped their leaves already but there are still a few flowers in bloom.

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog. It is always nice seeing some new faces! I enjoyed visiting your blog and reading about the allotment garden. Congratulations on all your successes!

  4. Those leaf colors are just so brilliant and they make me envious because we really don't get much leaf color here. Your garden is amazing at every season.

    1. Thank you Dorothy! I loved all the color and tropical blooms in your zone 9 garden. You may not have leaf color, but you have so many plants I can only dream of!

  5. Beautiful colors of autumn! The red roses are really awesome.

    1. The roses are right outside my window and I enjoy their blooms all the way until the first frost, which is hopefully not too soon! I just got done admiring your beautiful Jasmine flowers.

  6. I enjoyed walking through your garden, Lee! And that pond is lovely!

    1. I am glad you enjoyed the stroll Tatyana. Every autumn when the leaves are changing I bring my camera to the pond and take it all in. That way I can hold onto the beauty a little longer. Have a great week!

  7. Lovely to see what's blooming in your garden. Lee as well as your pretty and very perfect roses in your Monday vase. The tree by the mill pond are gorgeous too! Thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you Cathy. The Knock Out Roses are still blooming as the temperatures dip into the 30's at night with our first dusting of pre-Thanksgiving snow.

  8. I love the Camus quote and your fiery fall foliage, something we don't see much of in SoCal.

    1. It's one of my favorites Kris. Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  9. The dogwood seedpods are quite amazing!
    Thanks for taking part in the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

    1. Thanks once again for hosting Nick, It is always a pleasure visiting your blog!


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