Friday, June 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up June 2018: Blooms Galore!

June 2018 Garden
Welcome to my June garden! It's so nice that you stopped by for a visit. The month of June has been glorious with clear skies for the most part, temperatures in the 70's and lots of blooms everywhere. Tomorrow, my gardens will be on the local garden tour as one of six private gardens on display to be visited by the public. I am so very excited and have been prepping away getting ready! Come along on a tour of my spring garden. There will be a posting about tomorrow's event to follow.
Welcome to my Garden!
This is the welcome sign that was given to me as a gift the last time my garden was on the tour, back eight years ago. I treasure it and keep it inside on a wall in our home. It was painted by one of our local artists.
Perennial Border
Let's start at the perennial border, which is in full swing this time of year. There are Itoh Bartzella Peony, Salvia 'May Night' and Lamb's Ear along with hosta, astilbe and lillies. You can view a close up of the white soft foliage of the Stachys (Lamb's Ear) and start of the buds for pink blooms to follow. The Peony and purple Salvia 'May NIght' are also at their height.
Peony Itoh Bartzella
The blooms of Peony 'Bartzella' span five to six inches in diameter. I only wish they would stay around longer, as I cannot get enough of their magnificent beauty.
Patio Area and Garden
Walk through the path from the perennial border to the patio area. From here you can get a glimpse of the Double Red Knock Out Roses and Nepeta 'Walkers Low' in the north garden bed.
Knock Out Rose 'Radrazz'
On the other side of the patio is Knock Out Rose 'Radrazz' displaying its blooms. I find 'Radrazz to be one of the best performing roses I have.
Peony 'Karl Rosenfeld' and Salvia 'May Night'
In the western perennial border is Peony 'Karl Rosenfeld' and Salvia 'May Night' in bloom. Gold Mop Cypress can be seen to the right. 
Pink Double Knock Out Rose 
Here is a glimpse of the Pink Double Knock Out Roses as we stroll around to the left of the patio area.
Pool Garden
One of my favorite spring blooming bulbs is Allium 'Globemaster'. I was always in awe every time I saw these blooms advertised with a small child standing next them to emphasize their size. Of course,I had to get some for myself, which I did three years ago. As we head towards the pool garden, you can see them immediately. They are planted among Daylilies.
Pool Garden Side View
Here is the pool area close up with Weeping Japanese Maple in the right cut out.
Allium Globemaster
Did you think we would go on without a close up of the Allium? The original three bulbs have matured to fourteen all together, and I say the more...the merrier!
Back Evergreen and Perennial Garden
Come along as we continue. Here is the southern side of the pool area with a more casual feel. The Nepeta 'Walkers Low' with its bluish-purple blooms thrives here. On the left is Heuchera 'Caramel', which does well with the partial shade cast by the fence. In the corner is my new Kwanzan Cherry tree, which you saw blooming during last month's Bloom Day.
Back Foliage Combo
One of my favorite foliage combinations is that of Sedum 'Brilliant' (front) and Heuchera 'Caramel' (center). Back those up with the blooms of Salvia 'May Night', and you get the perfect trio!
Here is the newest addition to the garden. On a ride one Sunday afternoon, my husband and I saw this sweet statue at a garden center and I had to have it! It is such a wonderful reminder of childhood and innocence.
Back South Pool Garden
In the south pool area is a garden helper, tucked away among spirea and coral bells. You can get a glimpse of him just as you come around the corner.
Back North Garden
As we circle back around to the northwestern area of the property, Cornus Kousa 'Greensleeves' (Japanese Dogwood) is in bloom for the month of June. Surrounding the Dogwood are 'Patriot' Hosta.
Japanese Dogwood Cornus Kousa 'Greensleeves'
Here are the blooms of the 'Greensleeves' Dogwood up close. I like how this variety has a slightly greenish tinge to its flowers. It also has a long bloom period of about a month and produces abundant red fruits during the autumn months.
Front Driveway Entrance Garden East Side
Now that you have seen the back of the property, let's venture up to the front. At the foot of the driveway is the Golden Oriental 'Skylands' Spruce, which I planted in memory of my mom back in 2008. The once six foot tree has matured to approximately fifteen feet with a striking contrast of newer bright yellow foliage against the mature green undersides. Pinkish-purple seed cones form later in the summer for additional interest.
Front Driveway Garden West Side
On the other side of the driveway is Weeping Norway Spruce, Heuchera 'Palace Purple', Japanese Garden Juniper, Spirea 'Magic Carpet', Salvia 'Caradonna' and Variegated Iris.
Foliage Combination West Driveway
Here is the combination of the juniper, spirea and salvia close up.
Front Entrance Garden
Along the front of the property is an assortment of Japanese Garden Juniper, Heuchera (Coral Bells) 'Caramel' and Sweet Flag along with Gold Spot Euonymus, Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar, Weeping White Pine and Weeping 'Youngii' Birch. 
Front Walkway Garden
Let's walk along this way. You can view the Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar straight ahead.
Front Lawn Area

On the front lawn are upright Blue Atlas Cedar (left) and Weeping Japanese Maple (right).

Front Northern Garden Island
As we stroll around the island bed, you can get a glimpse of the Blue Atlas Cedar close up with its under-planting of Gold Lace Juniper and Heuchera ('Palace Purple' and 'Caramel') To get some perspective, in the distance is the garden area we just passed towards the front southern side of the property with the golden 'Skylands' Spruce in the distance.
Peony 'Bartzella' Last Glance

Back around to the perennial garden, here is one last view of the Itoh Peony 'Bartzella'.

June 2018 Garden
Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed my June garden. 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, and Nature Notes at Rambling Woods. Also check out Garden Bloggers' Foliage Day at Creating my own garden of the Hesperides, Wednesday Around the WorldDishing It & Digging It and Image-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday.

In the news: I am honored to now be in the Top 100 Websites for Gardeners in 2018 and will be a participant on the Sayville Garden Tour on June 16th (tomorrow!) More to follow!

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~As Always...Happy Gardening!~

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


  1. Dear lee, your garden is awesome, I love the picture of Back Evergreen and Perennial Garden, my favorites are your evergreens.
    Sure your garden is the best, I think last 8 years added more beauty to the landscape.
    Good luck!

    1. Thank you for your kinds words Nadezda. You always make my day!

  2. What a gorgeous (and very big) garden. Thanks to you I have now identified the plant I inherited and didn't know what it was. It appears I have a Spirea

    1. Hi Penny. I am glad I helped in identifying your plant! Spirea is wonderful and I have several varieties in my garden that just keep on giving.

  3. Beautiful!
    Wish I could be there to take the tour in person!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

    1. Thank you Lea. I just posted some pictures from the tour. It was a great day and wonderful time!

  4. Happy Garden Bloogers Bloom Day. I adore yellow peonies and yours don't disappoint! Such a cheerful flower.

    1. Thank you Rebecca. I only wish they would stay around longer. I look forward to them blooming every spring!

  5. All the shots are wonderfully taken but I fall for Allium and Garden Figurines.

    1. Thank you Arun! Your garden blooms and beautiful, especially your Bougainvilla! We can only grow it as an annual here.

  6. What a fabulous array of blooms, Lee. You have so many more than me at this time of year. I love everything, but one mention -- that yellow peony is gorgeous! I looked on the web and see it has streaks of red in the center. New to me. Happy GBBD! P. x

    1. Thank you Pam. It is a new hybrid cross between a tree peony and herbaceous one. I enjoyed my visit to your beautiful gardens which are filled with colorful blooms and perfectly placed decor. The photos make me want to stop and stay for a while, even if virtually.

  7. I can see that your garden tourists will be WOWed by your garden. I love the sweeps of color and the mature trees and shrubs. Lovely. Those big alliums are sweet. I have some but not the same variety. Mine have reproduced but have gotten smaller heads as they do so. I love them anyway. Happy GBBD. Can't wait to hear how the tour goes.

    1. Thank you Lisa. It turned out to be a wonderful and memorable day. I just posted some photos of the event!

  8. Your garden is gorgeous. What a lot of work to get it looking so pristine!

    1. Thank you! It is a labor of love. I am in awe over your breathtaking garden views and your roses are magnificent. Thank you for the wonderful tour!


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