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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