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Garden Obstacles: Seaside Gardens

Updated: Dec 30, 2023

Living on Long Island, some of you may be dealing with seaside conditions; sandy, dry, salty, windy, and sometimes flooded. Our native plants are well adapted to these sites and flourish under these harsh conditions.

Shrubs

  • Arctostaphylos uva–ursi ‘Massachusetts’ – Bearberry

  • Baccharis halimifolia - Groundsel (first picture)

  • Iva frustescens - Marsh Elder

  • Myrica pensylvanica – Bayberry

  • Prunus maritima – Beach Plum 🦌

  • Rhus copallinum - Winged Sumac (last picture)

  • Rhus typhina - Staghorn Sumac

  • Rosa carolina - Pasture Rose

  • Rosa virginiana - Virginia Rose (middle picture)


Perennials

  • Asclepias syriaca – Common Milkweed 🦌

  • Asclepias tuberosa – Butterfly weed 🦌 (first picture)

  • Opuntia humifusa - Prickly Pear 🦌🐇 (middle picture)

  • Solidago rugosa – Wrinkled–leaved Goldenrod 🦌

  • Solidago sempervirens - Seaside Goldenrod 🦌 (last picture)

  • Symphyotrichum ericoides - Heath Aster 🦌

  • Symphyotrichum (Aster) oblongifolius – Aromatic aster 🦌


Grasses/Sedges

  • Ammophila breviligulata - American Beach Grass 🦌🐇 (third picture

  • Carex pensylvanica – Pennsylvania Sedge 🦌🐇 (first picture)

  • Deschampsia flexuosa - Hair Grass 🦌🐇

  • Juncus greenei - Greene's Rush

  • Panicum amarum - Bitter Panic Grass 🦌🐇

  • Panicum virgatum – Switch Grass 🦌🐇 (middle picture)

  • Schizachyrium scoparium – Little bluestem 🦌🐇


Trees:

  • Juniperus virginiana - Eastern Red Cedar 🦌🐇 (

  • Pinus rigida - Pitch Pine 🦌🐇

Vines:

  • Parthenocissus quinquefolia - Virginia Creeper


Remember, there is no such thing as completely deer-resistant anymore and the same goes for the bunnies too.


Pictures: KMS Native Plants


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