Today’s photos come from Christine Petersen.
I’m sending you some photos of my seaside garden in Asharoken, New York (Zone 7). I have gardened here for 37 years. My first gardens began as my husband built our home. I designed the house, and he built it nearly on his own. While he worked, I created two half-circle beds and filled them with plants transported from our previous home. I took care to bring my small daylily collection with me. We were building and planting on an extremely limited budget, so pass-along plants were gladly accepted. Now, so many years later, I have a collection of over 650 daylily cultivars, and my garden is a display garden for the American Daylily Society. I also grow all kinds of other plants for both sun and shade.
The first photo is of what I call the yew bed. I limbed up the enormous yew (Taxus sp.) after seeing it done at Wave Hill in New York. That yew is my grandson’s favorite climbing tree! It is underplanted with hosta, ferns, foxgloves, corydalis and now martagon lilies.
This photo is of the “Bamboo Bed.” I created a fence from bamboo that I scavenged from a landscaper. The beautiful variegated maiden grass is Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus ‘Cosmopolitan’ (Zones 5–9). Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’ (Zones 3–9), Carex ‘Silver Scepter’ (Zones 5–9), and Allium ‘Summer Beauty’ (Zones 4–9) occupy this garden along with daylilies, lilium, and other perennials. I have more recent photos of this bed showing the changes that I’ve made.
And here is Northport Harbor, which is in what I call my front yard.
This is my white garden. The stone pathway is sunken slightly below the gardens on either side in order to give it a more intimate feeling. This garden is planted with cream or white flowering plants. The foliage colors are green and chartreuse. Persicaria polymorpha (giant fleece flower, Zones 4–9) creates an imposing structural element at the far end of the path, while Hydrangea serrata ‘Shiro Fugi’ (Zones 6–9) and Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ (Zones 5–9) spill over the rock borders. There are over a dozen near-white daylilies planted within this garden. Hemerocallis ‘Joyful Journey’ is pictured.
These daylilies and lilies are planted in a raised walled bed. Hemerocallis ‘Handsome Prince’ is in the foreground with yarrow (Achillea millifolium, Zones 4–8) and rose campion (Lychnis coronaria, Zones 4–8). H. ‘Third Witch’ is a very vigorous, deep red daylily.
Container annuals on the deck.
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