On Maine’s rugged coast, interior designer Mallory Marshall furnishes her seaside dream garden with a hardy mix of sea-smart blooms.
“The process took about three years,” Mallory says. “They even moved and replanted two sugar maples I couldn’t live without.” The contractors also created multiple levels for planting several gardens. “My plan was to make a green living room near the house,” she explains. “I wanted to bring the indoors out.”
She also uses seaweed collected on the beach as nutritive mulch, so plants receive trace amounts of boron, iodine, and other elements that encourage growth. And slugs steer clear because of the salt in every cartload of seaweed.
Mallory and Sue also stuck with tried-and-true perennials and native trees and shrubs, such as paper birch and spruce, to further increase the garden’s survival odds. They opted for plants deer find less tasty, such as perennials with gray or felted foliage and plants with a pungent aroma.
- Baby lettuce
- Walking onions
- Silver thyme
- Gooseneck loosestrife
- Allium hedge
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