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