On Maine’s rugged coast, interior designer Mallory Marshall furnishes her seaside dream garden with a hardy mix of sea-smart blooms.
Photo: Lynn Karlin
To tackle the weather extremes of this mid-coast Maine location, Sue focused on proper mulching and plant selection. In late autumn, she covers the raised oceanfront perennial beds with a generous layer of spruce boughs. “The point isn’t to keep the plants from freezing,” Sue explains. “It’s to prevent them from thawing. You want them to remain dormant.”
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.