Seascape Gardening: From New England to the Carolinas

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Storey Publishing, 2006 - Gardening - 224 pages
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Gardening by the sea is unlike any other gardening experience in the world. The gentle, misty light, moderate climate, and natural beauty of the coast only make seaside gardens more beautiful. Add to that the pleasant memories of summers spent by the sea as a child, and the allure is irresistible for most any gardener or ocean-lover.

But aside from the scenic landscape and romantic setting are serious challenges to be overcome. The East Coast is known for its extreme weather—storms blow in during the winter with gale-force winds, spraying sand and salt on every plant in their path. Even during the summer, high winds, fierce sun, and periods of drought challenge the toughest plants. Seaside gardens must be able to tolerate the elements and still look good.

Author Anne Halpin is a renowned garden designer and writer who lives on Long Island Sound. She navigates the rocky shores and sandy dunes of the East Coast from New England to South Carolina, showing readers how to plant and care for seaside gardens that work with the elements, not against them. Keeping in mind those who only dream of living by the sea, Halpin also offers portraits of successful seaside gardens up and down the coast, with stunning images from award-winning photographer Roger Foley.

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A plethora of obstacles challenges seaside gardeners-salt spray from the ocean, gale-force winds, blazing sunlight, erosion, and sandy soil lacking nutrients, to name just a few. In this well ... Read full review


1 Coastal Conditions
2 Planning and Design
3 Planting and Maintenance
4 Garden Profiles
5 Top Seaside Plants
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Anne Halpin is the author of 12 books, including Seascape Gardening,nbsp;Homescaping,nbsp;The Year-Round Flower Gardener; and Annuals, Perennials, and Bulbs. Numerous articles by and about Anne have appeared in such publications as Horticulture, Country Gardens, Country Home,nbsp;Woman's Day, and Homeowner. She lives in the Hamptons in New York.

Roger Foley is a garden and landscape photographer whose work appears in hundreds of books and magazines, including Garden Design, Cottage Living, Gardens Illustrated, and Southern Accents. A recipient of nine garden awards, his last book on Mt. Vernon won Award of the Year. More of his photography may be seen at

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