Monday, November 15, 2021

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up: The Colors of Autumn & Garden Views!

Welcome!-November Long Island Garden (zone 7a)
Welcome to my northeastern, Long Island garden! Autumn is a wonderful time of year, as the daytime temperatures moderate into the 50's and 60's, and with a few rainfalls and morning frosts, the landscape is transitioning into an array of autumn colors. Follow along with me to see what both the garden and nature have to offer!
Long Island Garden Views
The first stop is along the driveway entry, as Coral Bark Maple 'Sangu Kaku' displays its fall colors against the blue of evergreen Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar and golden hue of 'Skylands' Spruce. I do look forward to this color combo every autumn!
Autumn Garden Views!
At another glance, the evergreen foliage of Pinus strobus ‘Pendula’ (Weeping White Pine) along the walkway adds another dimension of color and texture. This is the time of year when the "bones" of the garden become even more prominent.
Coral Bark Maple 'Sangu Kaku'
The foliage of Coral Bark Maple is making quite a display this year with a combination of rain earlier and then a cold snap over a few days. As winter approaches, and the colder and snowier it gets, the newer branches of this tree will become a fiery coral-red. Stay tuned!
Autumn Garden
Also along the walkway is Weeping Eastern Redbud 'Lavender Twist' with its large heart-shaped foliage, which is now going into fall mode. This tree is now in its second year in the front garden.
Weeping Eastern Redbud 'Lavender Twist'
Here is the Redbud up close. The foliage turns from green to hues of yellow and pink, depending on the temperatures. Springtime will bring its lavender blooms along the branches before foliage emerges.
Geastrum triplex Jungh (Collared Earthstar)
In the front garden bed is this interesting find that popped up after all the rain. These fungi remind me of Hershey Kiss topped cookies! After some research, I found their identity. They are known as Geastrum triplex Jungh or Collard Earthstar, an inedible fungi that develops in woodland areas.
Sedum Autumn Mode
Back to the surrounding garden, the flower heads of Sedum 'Brilliant' are turning to a vibrant pinkish-purple hue against the foliage of Mugo Pine…
Fallen Leaves and Autumn's Splender!
And it just wouldn't be autumn without including some fallen leaves!
Hemerocallis (Daylily) 'Stella D Oro' Autumn
I use a pruning technique to get the the flowers of Hemerocallis 'Stella D Oro' to keep on coming right through November. This is the last of the blooms from just a few days ago before the storm that came through and the foliage of the entire plant turned yellow, but I just had to share!
Welcoming Committee
Hosta 'Golden Tiara', which is in front of the “welcoming committee” by the back walkway shows its changing foliage as the month of November progresses.
Platycodon Autumn View
Also along the walkway are the last of the blooms of Platycodon grandiflorus (Balloon Flower). The blue contrasts nicely against the changing foliage.
Black Mondo Grass
Along the back patio, garden gal continues to show her Black Mondo Grass, which stays evergreen all year...
Knock Out Roses Still Blooming in November!
and Double Knock Out Rose continues its blooms!
Color in the Poolside Garden
Here is the changing foliage of Spirea 'Limemound' against Weeping Japanese Maple. There is a more vibrant contrast this time of year.
Hydrangea 'Limelight Prime' Fall Color
New to the garden this summer is a new variety of hydrangea, 'Limelight Prime'. The blooms have changed from lime green to white to hues of deep pink as the temperatures cool, and I am enjoying the transition!
Pinus strobus ‘Pendula’ (Weeping White Pine)
Now…along to the southeastern side of the property.
Seed Cone of Weeping White Pine
Weeping White Pine is a tree I enjoy all year round, but in autumn the seed cones become even more noticeable. This mature tree resides by the back pool garden and provides much enjoyment.
Back Island Bed Autumn
On the back garden island bed, the foliage of Crape Myrtle ‘Sioux’ is changing to a vibrant burgundy, with Blue Globe Montgomery Spruce in the foreground along the walkway. Flowering Purple Plum (backdrop) and Hinoki Cypress ‘Compacta’ can also be viewed towards the right.
Perennial Border in November
One of my favorite foliage combinations in autumn is that of Lamb’s Ear against the orangey-brown foliage of Astilbe. I just love the contrast!
More November Views-Dwarf Maiden Grass
Here is Dwarf Maiden Grass ‘Yaku Jima’. This variety stays compact and reaches just four to five feet tall with its delicate and wispy plumes this time of year
St. John's Wort Fall Interest
I added this St. John’s wort last year mostly for its fall interest. It’s bright yellow blooms which last from June into September are followed by bright red fruit, which look attractive even when they dry out in autumn.
St. John's Wort Dried Fruit
Here is a close up view of the fruit.
A Little Garden Whimsy
I always enjoy a little garden whimsy and have had this rotating copper sphere for years. As it ages, it gains some extra character and could probably use a little oil, but I like the sound it makes while spinning in the wind!
Weeping Japanese Maple Autumn View
As we approach the end of this months tour, the changing seasons are evident on this Weeping Japanese Maple in the front portion of the property. It certainly has been a colorful fall display.
Happy Autumn! 
As another gardening season starts to wind down, I dream of what is to come, and those of you who know me are aware that I live my life by this well known quote, “Anyone who thinks gardening starts in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with a dream.” ~ Josephine Neuse
Thanks for Visiting!
I hope you enjoyed your visit to my November garden and as always, I look forward to your comments 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 was invited to teach a garden coaching class at Farmingdale State College on November 23rd. and am looking forward to sharing my experiences as a designer/consultant with their horticultural students! I am also happy to see the return of monthly GardenComm zoom meetings, which originated due to the pandemic, with a new event called 'Better Together', which connects all the different regions for monthly meet-ups.

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Lastly, if you enjoy gardening, want to learn more about garden design and maintenance, or are needing a gift for the gardener in your life, check out my books. To learn more and purchase, 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. I am hoping you, or a friend, will find them to be inspiring!

Until next time, be well, enjoy the holiday season and “As Always...Happy Gardening”! 😊

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


  1. Beautiful views of a November garden. There is still quite a bit of autumn color there. The mushrooms and St John's Wort fruits were interesting to see.

    1. Thank you Pat! I am glad you enjoyed the views. Thank you so much for sharing the Van Gogh exhibit. I wanted to go see this exhibit in NYC but was unable to get there, so this is the next best thing. Your captures are so amazing and I get this sense of being there, well virtually! Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting so that we could connect!

  2. Lee, at every turn your garden is inspiring. Your weeping tree forms are great. I admire the Eastern Redbud and love that maple! Happy Autumn.

    1. Susie-Your floral display is beautiful and I enjoyed the story behind each bloom. Thank you for stopping by my blog to say hello and for the kind words.

  3. That combination in the first photo is a stunner. I like the white pine too. I almost got one of those but never did and now I'm not sure where I'd put one.

    1. I loved visiting your garden Phillip. You have so many remaining blooms and color that is a feast for the eyes!

  4. Happy autumn and almost winter! Your photos and your garden are stunning as always. You captured the light so beautifully!

    1. Happy Autumn Beth. I enjoyed seeing your Fuschia and Allium blooms still going strong, despite the cooler temperatures. Thank you for stopping by and keep enjoying those blooms while you can!

  5. Lovely foliage color variations, Lee! We don't get anything like that in Southern California. Nor mushrooms like that either :)

    1. Thank you Kris! I loved your captures of the foggy captivating!

  6. Happy Autumn Lee, I always admire your lovely foliage and those mushrooms are beautiful. It would be my pleasure if you participate in my Gardening link up party here at

    1. Happy Autumn Arun! I am glad you enjoyed the views and thank you for hosting too! I will be sure to venture over!

  7. Simply breathtaking, Lee! The fall interest is stellar. Once again, I am back in the dirt, and happier than I thought I'd be. We had the landscape whipped into shape for winter sleep, and I had a lot of random things removed from an overzealous, overplanted previous plan. I kept a St John's wort, some hydrangea, and several other specimens, but ride myself of prickly barberry and others. I had a copper spiral like yours but purged it when we downsized in 2019, along with many shepherd's hooks and statuary! My garden is smaller, so the need won't be as much, just enough to enjoy.

    1. Rita-thank you for visiting and for your kind words. I am so happy for you that you are in your new home and back in the garden, and with lower maintenance! Enjoy every moment!

  8. Stunning!
    Thank you for sharing at

  9. What a beautiful time of year. We got excited to find the Earthstars here in Florida. I'll have to look around and see if we can find some this week. Lovely garden!

    1. Thank you! I so love the beautiful pictures of the wildlife from your hike. You have certainly captured nature’s essence in all its glory and the bird captures (and the alligator) are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your adventure!

  10. Lee, I love your garden every time I see it. My favorite picture is your photo taken in the driveway. Such colorful plants!
    Autumn is a great time of the year in your beautiful garden.

    1. Aww…thank you Nadezda! I enjoyed your beautiful captures. The raindrops on foliage, changing colors and berries are all so wonderful! Happy autumn to you and yours.

  11. Lee - always a treat to get a tour through your garden, at any season! The fungi is quite interesting, and I agree that it looks like a Hershey kiss on top of a cookie! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

    1. It makes me so happy that you enjoyed the views. Thank you for sharing your fun adventures. I love the park, cathedral and of course the delicious candy! Thanks for hosting too!

  12. Beautiful post ! Loved the little bloom of platycodon flower . Thanks for joining with Garden Affair.

  13. Absolutely gorgeous garden... Hugs and blessings. Maristella.

  14. I so looking forward to my monthly visit to your garden blog! Your use of garden texture is just stellar. And I sure got a kick out of that Hershey Kiss fungus. Haha!


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