Beach Plum Sea Rocket Bearberry

Landscaping on the Massachusetts coast is no easy task. The wind, salt spray, occasional far-reaching storm waves, and shifting, parched, sandy soils can thwart even the most seasoned gardeners. But with the right plants, you can attain a flourishing coastal landscape and spend less time, money, and labor in the process. Other rewards include: enhanced visual appeal of your coastal property, preservation of the natural character of the coastal environment, habitat for wildlife, a filter for pollution, and natural protection from storm damage and erosion.

This website from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) provides the following information on coastal landscaping:

Benefits of Coastal Landscaping

Landscaping a Coastal Bank

Landscaping a Coastal Beach or Dune

Tips for Planting, Installation, and Maintenance

Coastal Landscaping - Do You Need a Permit?

Plant List

Plant Highlights and Images

Sample Landscape Plans

Where to Purchase Native Plants

Links to Other Resources

Photos: Beach Plum and Sea Rocket - Alexey Zinovjev and Irina Kadis, Salicicola; Bearberry - G.A. Cooper, courtesy of Smithsonian Institution