Lee Miller has been wanting to send in some photos for a long time and finally took the plunge! If you have been thinking about it, why not send some in too?
I am a lifetime gardener, author, landscape/garden designer, and consultant from the south shore of Long Island and have been involved in the horticultural industry for over twenty years. I have had a shovel in my hand since the age of five and continue to garden as both a hobby and as a career. I also write a blog, A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, in which I share my knowledge and love of all things green. My passion for gardening has been and will always be a part of me.
I am sharing a few photos from my autumn garden here in the town of Sayville, New York. I am a huge fan of combining evergreen and deciduous plantings for all-season interest, and these photos were taken from the southeastern driveway entrance to the property. The garden you are viewing originated in 1996 and has been evolving ever since. The golden Oriental spruce was planted as a memorial to my mom back in 2008, and the gardens around it were extended off the main beds of the walkway. The tree now towers at approximately 25 feet and produces the most beautiful golden foliage and purplish-brown seed cones, which I admire every time I pass it by.
Weeping blue atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’, Zones 6–7) in the foreground is backed by the yellow fall color of the coral bark Japanese maple ‘Sangu Kaku’ (Acer palmatum ‘Sangu Kaku’, Zones 5–9).
Pulling back a little, you can see the golden Oriental spruce (Picea orientalis ‘Skylands’, Zones 4–7), planted as a memorial to Lee’s mother.
And filling out the garden, to the right, is a huge old weeping white pine (Pinus strobus ‘Pendula’, Zones 3–8)
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