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Hardy Coastal Garden

On Maine’s rugged coast, interior designer Mallory Marshall furnishes her seaside dream garden with a hardy mix of sea-smart blooms.

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Tackling the Coastal Climate
Photo: Lynn Karlin

Tackling the Coastal Climate

The garden faced huge challenges: a harsh climate, miserable drainage, and a booming deer population. To solve the drainage problem, Mallory called on landscape contractors to bring in tons—literally—of gravel, crushed rock, and sand.

“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.”


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