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Hurricanes Can’t Stop This Garden

Enhancing the beauty of an old garden

Dusanka Marusic is sharing their garden in Hewlett Harbor, New York, today. They have been gardening there since 2009, though it is an older garden. Dusanka says that they have done a lot of work enhancing the garden and that a lot had to be replaced after damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Pink Verbena (annual) and Mandevilla (Zone 7–11 or as annual) make a beautiful, cheerful container that will keep looking great whatever weather the summer brings. The pink colors look especially good contrasted with the rich blue color of the pot.

A wisteria vine climbing up an arbor. This is one of the species native to the United States (probably Wisteria frutescens, Zones 5–9). Native species are a better choice for most U.S. gardens than the Asian species. The Asian species can be highly invasive, while the natives have a more restrained growth habit and will sometimes rebloom in the summer.

These tall planters make a dramatic statement under a huge, old Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9).

Lush plantings along the side of the house, with a bird house to welcome feathered visitors.

Colorful ti plants (Cordyline fruticosa) are often sold as houseplants, but they can certainly be planted out for the summer for a long-lasting dose of color.


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  1. sandyprowse 07/05/2019

    Just out of this world. Loved it very much, particularly the wisteria.

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    meander_michaele 07/05/2019

    Love the twists and turns on the wisteria trunk branching as it makes its way to the top pf the arbor. Such contortions will only get more and more attractive as the years go by. The chaise lounges under the arbor look very welcoming...hope you get take a break on occasion and relax in one.

  3. Dusanka 07/05/2019

    Thank You. The arbor also has a white variegated American wisteria climbing on the backside that does not show in the pics. DM

  4. cheryl_c 07/05/2019

    Hi, Dusanka, is that a young person peering out at us in the photo with the tall white planters? Fun! I enjoyed all of your pictures, the colors you are using, the obvious settled in look of so many of your plantings. Thanks for sharing, and please send more!

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    simplesue 07/05/2019

    I enjoyed my little tour of your garden and I've learned from you! I didn't know that info about native Wisteria. I've seen Wisteria grow so fast that it was overwhelming, but I always loved it.
    Also what kind of rose is that you have growing near the bird house? It's full of blooms! I've bought 4 "Rose Munstead Wood" David Austin roses and I just don't know how to prune them to get them to bloom like that! I can't even get a "Double Pink Knockout Rose" to bloom well! You are having great success with them! A beautiful garden- thanks for the tour!

    1. Dusanka 07/07/2019

      Its a Knock Out Rose from my local Home Depot, couldn't resist and seems to like its spot.

  6. Musette1 07/05/2019

    thanks for sharing! That side border is lovely, as is that wisteria (and such a gorgeous color). Glad that amazing Japanese maple survived the hurricane!

  7. btucker9675 07/05/2019

    Gorgeous garden - love the old brick under the wisteria arbor. Sandy was not good to those of us who were living in NY and NJ, that's for sure! It always amazes me how plants can make a comeback given a little tender loving care!

    1. Dusanka 07/07/2019

      Yes, two years later I lost an entire side of old Holley but this is the result on the "new opportunity " Sandy brought us. But, I miss the old apple tree is took.

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    CynthiaDow 07/09/2019

    Very nice!

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