Today we’re visiting Ellenita Mattera’s garden on Long Island, New York.
Ellenita purchased her property five years ago and has completely transformed the space.
This is the “before” image. The space had clearly been completely neglected by the previous owner.
The “after” shot is pretty amazing! Ellenita added the deck to cover an old, broken concrete patio, and lush plantings all around have really transformed the space.
View from the deck, looking out into the garden. Yellow foliage is a repeated theme in the garden, helping to pull it together. A pair of yellow threadleaf cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’, Zones 4–8) flank both sides of a natural stone path she built after being inspired by an ad she saw in Fine Gardening.
Potted annuals and tropicals bring color to the deck.
A beautiful monarch butterfly decided to come by and add yet another orange element to the deck! Lantana flowers are a favorite of many butterflies. Just be sure they haven’t been treated with an insecticide when you purchase them to ensure they are a safe landing zone for butterflies.
A Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora, Zones 6–10). Native to the southeastern United States, this evergreen magnolia is a favorite garden plant the world over for its huge, fragrant flowers and glossy, evergreen foliage.
A yellow-leaved sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas, annual or tender bulb) spills out of a container on the deck.
A dark-leaved Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) flanked by a yellow threadleaf cypress on one side and a hosta on the other, with colorful coleus in the front, creating a diversity of color and texture just from foliage with a note of pink from geraniums (Pelargonium hybrid, annual).
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