Monday, May 15, 2023

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up May: Long Island Garden in Springtime!

Welcome to my Garden!
It's the month of May, a time in the garden when more blooms are appearing everyday. With temperatures now moderating into the 70's and low 80's and with some nighttime rains, the garden is coming alive with color. Join me for a stroll in my zone 7a Long Island garden!
Allium 'Globemaster' Making its Appearance!
The first stop along the way is the pool garden, where Allium 'Globemaster' is blooming among the foliage of Daylily 'Stella D Oro', which will bloom in June. A mature weeping Norway Spruce is in the backdrop.
Allium 'Globemaster'
The blooms of this Allium are magnificent and will reach up to four to five inches in diameter when fully open.
Pulmonaria and Heuchera 'Caramel'
In the back shade area, Pulmonaria has been blooming for months and is now joined by the newly formed vibrant foliage of Heuchera 'Caramel'.
Here are the Pulmonaria blooms up close.
Perennial Border
The Perennial Border also comes alive this time of year with blooms of Salvia, accompanied by Lamb's Ear, Astilbe, Coneflower and Echibeckia blooms to follow as the season progresses. 
Salvia 'May Night'
The blooms of Salvia 'May Night' are a vibrant deep purple in springtime.
Weeping Norway Spruce, Spirea 'Limemound' and Allium 'Globemaster'
Circling back around to the pool garden is the bright lime colored foliage of Spirea 'Limemound' against the darker green foliage of Weeping Norway Spruce, with Allium 'Globemaster to the left.
Weigela 'My Monet'
The pink blooms of Weigela 'My Monet' are abundant this time of year.
Weeping Norway Spruce, Nandina 'Obsession' and Ajuga
Along the patio garden is a younger Weeping Norway Spruce with the colorful foliage of Nandina 'Obsession' and blooms of Ajuga 'Black Scallop'.
Ajuga 'Black Scallop'
Here is a closer view of the purple blooms of the Ajuga.
Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken' (Cherry Laurel )
In the shade garden, Cherry Laurel 'Otto Luyken' is having a banner year as far as blooms!
A Little Garden Whimsy
Along the stroll is a little garden whimsy tucked in among the shrubs and blooms.
Peony 'Bartzella' Buds!
Peony 'Bartzella' is full of buds and ready to bloom within the next two weeks. This hybrid Peony stands upright and produces bright yellow blooms at the end of May.
Peony 'Bartzella' Getting Ready to Bloom!
Strolling around to the back of the pool area is another semi-shade garden with blooms of Azalea, along with Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra). 
Azalea 'Girards Fuschia' and Japanese Forest Grass
The Japanese Forest Grass does well nestled under the partial shade of the Azalea.
Azalea Girard's Rose
In the same garden are a variety of  evergreen Azalea, including this Girard's Rose.
'Summer Snowflake' Viburnum
Here is Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake' with the first of its white blooms, which resemble snowflakes. This variety of Viburnum produces blooms on and off throughout summer and into fall.
Hosta 'Patriot'
Foliage is important too! Here is the attractive green and creamy-white foliage of Hosta 'Patriot'...
Driveway Border
and in the driveway border is the golden foliage of Skyland's Oriental Spruce and Hinoki Cypress 'Verdoni', along with Mugo Pine, Weigela Spilled Wine (getting ready to bloom) and the bluish-purple blooms of  Nepeta 'Walker's Low'.
Picea orientalis Skyland's ('Skyland's' Oriental Spruce)
The Skyland's Spruce is loaded with baby seed cones this time of year.
Leucothoe 'Axillaris'
There is new foliage and blooms everywhere, including the new red foliage and white bell-shaped blooms on Leucothoe 'Axillaris'.
Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' (False Indigo)
Along the patio garden are the blooms of Baptisia Lemon Meringue, otherwise known as False Indigo...
Japanese Iris
and the Japanese Iris are blooming too!
Driveway Border
As we venture along to the left driveway border, Weeping Norway Spruce is accompanied by Heuchera 'Palace Purple', Spirea 'Magic Carpet', Blue Star Juniper and Variegated Iris.
Driveway Border
The foliage of Spirea 'Magic Carpet' is striking, especially in springtime, with pink blooms to follow.
Thanks for Visiting!
I hope you enjoyed the stroll through my May garden. I appreciate you being here, look forward to your comments and enjoy seeing what you have blooming where you live! 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 had hosted Foliage Follow-Up, a meme I will continue to honor. I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Floral Friday FotosFriday Bliss at Floral Passions, Macro 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. Wishing all a wonderful spring with gardens that thrive!

Author: Lee @A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2010-2023. All rights reserved. 


  1. So healthy and beautiful are your gardens, Lee! I had several of the plant varieties you have in my landscape garden which was started in 2004 (May Night salvia, summer snowflake viburnum, weeping cedar atlas, Gerard's fuschia and otto luykens. I just transplanted lungwort in my own landscape from one area to another, redefining grass borders. This year I bought and planted two Schipkaensis laurels (10gal) to camouflage household units. They were flowering profusely when planted a week ago, seem to be settling in nicely. My Bartzella is now waning of blooms, its first was April 27. Funny how we're same region yet slight differences in bloom timing. Happy gardening!

    1. Thank you Rita! You have been busy and your garden is looking wonderful! You have accomplished so much and I especially love the new spaces appearing and the numerous varieties of Peony and the purple Japanese Iris. It will be fun watching your garden space transform into your vision and it shows that you love what you are doing, even though it is a lot of work! You certainly are an inspiration. I’m tired after just pruning my hydrangea!

  2. Spring is in high gear in your garden now, Lee! I wish I got a display like yours from my Alliums. I love that Leucothoe 'Axillaris' - the foliage makes it for me. Sadly, my climate isn't even close to being a match. Happy GBBD!

    1. Kris-thank you for your kind words. I am always in awe every time I visit your garden. I don’t know where to begin because every bloom is so gorgeous! I love every single plant but the Leucospermum really catches my eye with its unique blooms. Your garden is an inspiration!

  3. I really enjoyed the garden-centric trip I took with some NE friends to Long Island a few years ago.Even though I am in Northern Calif zone9 there are many plants in your garden I just can't grow-it really comes down to summer rains (zilch here) and warm summer nights. I love Hosta 'Patriot' and because they are able to grow in z9 I tried one many years ago before I had to throw in the towel. Snails, slugs, no rain. And good old 'Palace Purple' is hard to find these days -all that new stuff has crowded it off the nursery bench.

    1. Thank you for visiting! Your blooms are so beautiful.especially the assortment of roses, which are simply breathtaking. Your Cistus 'Snowfire' and Bearded Iris are outstanding as well. Spring has certainly arrived in your garden!

  4. Beautiful!
    I especially like all the different shades of pink and purple.

    1. It was fun visiting your garden too Lea! Your Burr Rose is a beauty and so is the Clematis. Happy Spring and Happy Bloom Day!

  5. You have so many gorgeous blooms! I too really love allium season.

    1. Thank you! Your Alliums are beautiful all in bloom and they do put on a show for quite some time. The False Indigo is pretty too…so many purple blooms, and I do love purple! Happy gardening!

  6. Lovely! Great combinations for sure--the colors and the textures. Happy celebrations. :)

    1. Happy celebrations Beth-Your assortment of woodland plants is wonderful and I especially love the Jack-in-the-Pulpit's with its amazing blooms. Happy Spring and Bloom Day!

  7. Love your colour combos, especially the spruce with the alliums, the spruce with the limemound spirea, the heuchera and pulmonaria, and the driveway border. Exquisite!

    1. Thank you so much! That means a lot. I try to make as many color and texture combinations as I can to keep the garden going through every season. You made my day with your kind words!

  8. Your garden is beautiful as always, Lee. I like Allium 'Globemaster' and pulmonaria. Very pleasant compositions of spirea 'Limemound' green foliage of weeping spruce and Allium 'Globemaster'.
    Azaleas are stunning.

    1. Thank you so much Nadezda! Your spring garden is so pretty! I love those gorgeous tulip blooms and the Daffodils too! It has finally been warm enough here at night to plant herbs outside. I am sure you are not far behind. Happy gardening!

  9. Another lovely visit to your garden, and I think May might be the prettiest one yet! So many colors and textures to see. It’s just delightful all the way around.

    1. I am so happy your enjoyed the garden Robin. Your spring blooms are gorgeous and thank you for also sharing views of the Franklin Park Conservatory. One can never get enough tulips in springtime!

  10. A very beautiful garden packed with a variety of greens and lovely flowers. Your May is very lush and must give you great pleasure.

    1. Thank you Yvonne. I enjoyed your sweet post with wonderful words and beautiful blooms. Happy Spring!


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