Steve's tips for coastal gardening

By Carole McCray
May 20, 2005
Sara Gray

"I've learned a great deal about seashore gardening―mostlythrough trial and error," Steve says. Here are his solutions fortrouble areas.

Floodplain. Where salt water stands, plant groundsel bush,bayberry, and spartina grass.

Windy areas. Mulch heavily with shredded root mulch or pinenuggets around trees and shrubs. Spread grass clippings or leafcompost around flower beds.

Erosion control. Utilize shore juniper or rosa rugosa onslopes.

Vulnerable plantings. Look to the nearest barrier islandsfor hardy natives. Use these, along with ornamental grasses andstructures, as windbreaks to shield smaller, more fragile plants.Deciduous shade trees should be at least two blocks from the oceanto avoid damage from the sea's wind and salt spray.