Friday, October 15, 2021

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up October: Autumn Long Island Garden

October Garden-Welcome!
Welcome! Autumn has arrived and the view is starting to change as temperatures moderate into the upper 60's to low 70's, with a true feeling of fall in the air. As some blooms try to hang on, other fall-blooming perennials start their display, and the surrounding foliage starts to show shades of golden and orange accents. Join me for a stroll in my October Long Island garden to see what nature has to offer!
Front Walkway
Along the front walkway, Variegated Liriope is displaying its purple blooms on upright stalks, as Coral Bark Maple can be seen starting to change to its fall colors in the backdrop.
Liriope 'Variegata' (Lilyturf)
Liriope is known for its display of colorful foliage throughout the gardening season and even through winter. Helpful Tip: Cut back Liriope (Lilyturf) after winter (in early spring) as it pushes out new growth. This method provides this perennial with extra protection during the winter months.
Autumn View Front Lawn
On the front lawn, the Weeping Japanese Maples are going into autumn mode. Before long, only the artistically twisted trunks will be visible. Evergreen Blue Atlas Cedar can be viewed in the backdrop.
Eastern Redbud Lavender Twist Along Walkway Entry
Back along the eastern walkway, the heart-shaped foliage of Eastern Redbud (foreground) is about to start changing colors to hues of yellow and red, while Heuchera Palace Purple are still displaying their deep burgundy color. Weeping White Pine, Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar, Blue Star Juniper, Japanese Garden Juniper and Golden Sedge also reside here.
Front Island Bed
In the front island bed, Osmanthus ‘Goshiki’ is pushing out some new growth in hues of cream and pink, while the rest of the garden slowly starts to go to sleep.
Autumn Color: Evergreens and Blooms
As we move further, perennial Veronica (Spiked Speedwell) continues to push out the last of its purplish-pink blooms. I love how this plant just keeps on giving from early summer to fall!
Montauk Daisy Season!
It's Montauk Daisy time and these beauties surely extend the gardening season along the back garden bed! 
Dwarf Maiden Grass 'Yaku Jima'
Autumn in the poolside garden means that wispy plumes have arrived above Dwarf Maiden Grass ‘Yalu Jima’. In the foreground, Sedum ‘Brilliant’ is displaying its dried flower heads.
Pulmonaria (Lungwort) Foliage Autumn
This Pulmunaria is a new addition to the shade garden this year. I could not resist its pretty polka dot foliage. Small blue flowers will appear above the foliage in spring.
Echinacea Seed Heads Autumn
A familiar sight this time of year are seed heads on Echinacea, which are enjoyed by birds well into the fall.
Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit' 
While most of the flowers of Echinacea have gone to seed, a few still refuse to quit.
Knock Out Roses Continue to Bloom!
Knock Out Rose ‘Radrazz’ just keeps on going, displaying its brilliant red fragrant blooms. It will keep blooming well into fall and there have even been buds as the first snowfall arrives!
Platycodon (Balloon Flower) Last Blooms
The Balloon Flower along the back patio also refuses to quit and I don’t mind a bit…
Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus)
and garden gal displays her Black Mondo Grass too.
Coral Bells in Back Island Bed
In the northern bed, Caramel Coral Bells continue displaying their colorful foliage, which is very appropriate for fall, while evergreen Osmanthus ‘Goshiki’ shows its colorful display.
 Osmanthus 'Goshiki'
I enjoy the changing colors of new and old foliage on this cultivar.
Praying Mantis Visitor!
After many years of absence, Praying Mantis have arrived again in the garden. We’ll encounter another visitor soon!
Rosemary Blooming
The pollinators are enjoying these blooms on Rosemary in the herb garden... 
Mandevilla Vine Still Blooming!
as Mandevilla vine continues to bloom by the back patio.
Another Visitor!
Another very welcomed visitor is here to finalize the tour! Don't you just love the expression on his face?
Hope you enjoyed your visit!

October Long Island Garden
Thank you for visiting my October 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


I will be presenting to the Sayville Gardening Club on October 18th and am looking forward to sharing my love of gardening with like minded individuals, while teaching design principles and tips I have learned over the years as a landscape designer. Now that Fall has arrived, I am also looking forward to the return of monthly GardenComm zoom meetings, which originated due of the pandemic and started a wonderful new tradition!

Also, there is a new subscription service at the top right side of this page to replace the feedburner app which has announced that it will no longer be sending post notifications in the future.

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Lastly, 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 and Happy Autumn! 😊

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


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. I enjoyed your beautiful blog with such encouraging words.

  2. I love the praying mantis pic! As usual, your garden looks marvelous, Lee. Your photos clearly show that the seasonal change is well underway. It's harder to detect in mine. I so wish I could grow Montauk daisies here. (I tried and failed.) Best wishes.

    1. Thank you Kris-your garden is always beautiful and such a pleasure to visit. Your Dahlia collection is absolutely magnificent, as well as your other blooms. Your Gaillardia 'Spin Top Copper Sun' is also fantastic! I hope it does well for you.

  3. Beautiful post, loved the mandevillas.

    1. Thank you Arun. I enjoyed your beautiful Gaillardias and the information about them. Hope you have a wonderful day and week ahead!

  4. Oh, what a pretty thing is this Mandevilla vine, Lee. Awesome!
    Love your garden design in every season.

  5. Love your garden as it starts to recline for its winter season of rest. The Montauk daisies are fabulous. Praying mantis are very cool looking. I will be back to gardening in the new home, Lee. First up is some purging of overgrown Korean boxwoods which were originally overplanted. They make the front entry look like a mountainous terrain, so overgrown! Hope to get that accomplished in the coming weeks, but moving loads from condo to house daily!

    1. Thank you so much Rita. I enjoyed seeing your autumn table setting, which is magnificent and I love the owls and all the inspiration behind them. You have some of the prettiest settings around and all so inviting and cheerful. Hope all is going well with your packing and getting ready to move.

  6. no matter the season your garden is always beautiful - love today's photos

    1. Carol-thank you for your kind words. Your Tropical Hibiscus is beautiful and the information you provided is very useful. I had grown these for years and brought them inside for the winter months to place by a sunny window, where they would continue to bloom, then would return to the outdoors in spring.

  7. It's looking lovely! Our foliage color has been uneven this year because of the drought. Some tree species have lost all their leaves, while others are just starting to color. Most of the oaks are still green. Your garden is always amazing. :)

    1. Thank you Beth and thanks you for bringing us along on your mid-western garden tour. The photographs are fabulous!

  8. Your garden always seems so beautiful. Love the Praying Mantis photos.

  9. I see some leaves changing color in your garden, Lee. They are really late here. You have some beautiful October blooms. P.x

  10. Autumn colors were very slow to arrive here this year, as was the first frost. But they both did arrive this past week, and now everything is different than my October post. Will be interested to see your fall colors post soon.


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