Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up: July 2016 Long Island Garden in Bloom!

July 2016 Garden
Welcome to my Long Island garden! The arrival of July has prompted a succession of colorful blooms throughout the landscape. While June temperatures had remained in the upper 70’s to lower 80’s, the month of July has delivered a warming trend with some days reaching into the upper 80’s and low 90’s. The perennial borders are bursting with an array of color, along with the arrival of new blooms daily. Come take a walk with me in my July garden.
(Coneflower) Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’
July marks the appearance of Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ blooms in a multitude of colors, all on the same plant. I never knew I could get so much enjoyment from a single species of coneflower. Now that this one has become established in the garden, it has become a focal point at the entrance to the front beds.
Pollinators love Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ (Coneflower)
As an added bonus, the pollinators love it and the blooms are often visited by a multitude of bumble bees and butterflies.
Alium Mont Blanc Seed Head
Another plant which has given me much pleasure is Allium. This dried seed head from Allium ‘Mont Blanc’ even offers interest once the flower is spent, so I keep the decorative stalks in the garden bed all throughout the summer months.
Montgomery Globe Spruce and Stella D’ Oro Daylily
As we walk around to the back garden beds, Montgomery Globe Spruce and Daylily ‘Stella D’Oro’ make an excellent combination of foliage and blooms. The brilliant blue of the globe spruce with the bright yellow blooms of the lilies complement one another perfectly.
Backyard Long View (North Side) Perennial Border and North Garden
As we follow the gardens to the north side of the property, here is a better view of the perennial border as it wraps around from the patio area to the north fence garden.

Backyard Long View (North Side) from Garden Tour 2010

Funny…I was just looking at some photos of the garden tour from a few years back and the photograph is of the same identical spot. The upper photo shows the new Arborvitae additions to the left that were planted just last summer. All things considered, the garden has remained pretty stable.

Perennial Border

Here is the perennial border as we get closer up. It has gotten to be very established over the years with a combination of Allium, Salvia ‘May Night’, Astilbe ‘Fanal’ and ‘Pumila’, Lamb’s Ear, Hosta, Echinacea and Daylily.

Perennial Border Lamb’s Ear and Astilbe

The white of the Lamb’s Ear and shocking pink of the Astilbe provide contrast to one another.

Salvia ‘May Night’ and Sedum ‘Brilliant’

Salvia ‘May Night’ has become a stable in the gardens. providing bright purple blooms.  It companions nicely with just about anything…

Add a little Heuchera ‘Caramel’ to the Mix!

including this combination with Sedum and Heuchera ‘Caramel’ in the south garden bed.

Backyard Left Long View

As we travel along to the southeast gardens, there is a mix of evergreens and flowering shrubs. The blue evergreen to the left is a grafted Montgomery Globe Spruce and the golden evergreen is Hinoki Cypress ‘Verdoni’. It wraps into the island bed which is home to Crape Myrtle ‘Sioux’ (which will bloom at the end of this month and into September).

Backyard Right Long View

Here is a view from the back island bed to the western corner of the property. Prior to 1996 this entire backyard area consisted of all lawn and just a few maple and cherry trees. It was when the pool went in that year that the property started to transform, which was also the time I had started a second career in garden designing.

Lampost Planting

The lamppost seen at the end of the driveway is surrounded by Coreopsis ‘Zagreb’, Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low, Weigela ‘Wine & Roses’ and Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ with more of a cottage style look.

Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ (Mix)

The blooms on the Echinacea never cease to amaze me!

North Border

Around towards the western side of the property is a combination of Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar, Gold Mop Cypress, Purple Salvia ‘May Night’ and Dwarf Butterfly Bush (which will bloom in August). There are also Nepeta and Knock Out Roses to the right.

Heuchera ‘Caramel” Blooms

Heuchera ‘Caramel’ is blooming in July. The blooms are just an added bonus to the fascinating caramel colored foliage, which is also semi-evergreen. Heuchera ‘Caramel’ is a personal favorite of mine, as the foliage varies throughout the seasons with hues of caramel, peach and orange, depending on the sunlight and temperature. 

East Perennial Border

Here is another view of the east perennial border…

Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’

along with some Nepeta blooms and a visiting butterfly moth.

Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ (Peach)

‘Cheyenne Spirit’ displays more blooms…this time peach in color…

Hosta Blooming

and the Hosta ‘Patriot’ are producing blooms on long graceful stalks.

Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ (Orange)

Here is one last stroll by the coneflowers sporting their multi-colored blooms…

Birds Loving the New Feeder

and views of the new feeder, which has been a haven for birds visiting all day long.

Birds Loving the New Feeder

I can’t seem to keep it filled enough and the birds are loving it!

This Year’s New Succulent Planter

Last, but not least, I have a new interest in creating succulent planters such as this one here for the summer of 2016. It is about as low maintenance as you can get and the various species of sedum are producing blooms.

Hens and Chicks Blooming!

This Hens & Chicks planter which I made up last year is blooming profusely, which actually came as a surprise. They are thriving in the full southern exposure and the blooms are magnificent!

In a Vase on Monday! (Pardon Me Daylily, Stella D’Oro Daylily, Heuchera Blooms, Hosta Blooms, Salvia May Night and Coleus Bloom)

Cut flowers from my July garden to brighten your day!

2016 July Garden

I  hope you enjoyed your stroll through my July 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 Update and In a Vase on Monday at Rambling in the Garden.

For more gardening information, you may be interested in my newly published book, A Guide to Northeastern Gardening: Journeys of a Garden Designer (Gardening in Zones 3-9). You can see a preview here on Amazon