New England Oceanfront landscaping - Knowledgebase Question

Winthrop, Ma
Question by bvlacich10
May 25, 2010
Hi! I have searched and searched but cannot find information on the best shrubbery and landscaping for our blank slate of a lawn that edges the Atlantic Ocean. I keep waiting for a TV crew from HGTV to show up, but that is not happening! Smiling We get extreme winds and harsh weather in the winter - all sun/ all day. My zip code is 02152. WOuld love some concrete direction. Thanks! Barb

Answer from NGA
May 25, 2010


Wouldn't it be wonderful if HGTV actually showed up at your door? Probably not, though, so here's a list of trees, shrubs and plants that will grow under the harsh conditions you describe. Acer rubrum, Red Maple (Betula papyrifera), Paper Birch (Betula populifolia), American White Birch, Populus alba (White Poplar), Populus balsamifera (Balsam Poplar), Populus deltoides monilifera (Northern Cottonwood),
Populus nigra italica, Lombardy Poplar (Prunus serotina), Wild Black Cherry (Quercus rubra), Red Oak (Salix alba), White Willow. Some conifers: Juniperus prostrata (prostrate juniper, Juniperus virginiana (Red Cedar), Larix, White Spruce, Koster's Blue Spruce, Red Spruce, Jack Pine, Swiss Mountain Pine. Shrubs, Vines and Perennials: Speckled Alder, Virginia Creeper, Groundsel Bush, Barverry, Leather leaf Comptonia, Sweet Fern, Sea Buckthorn, Hydrangea arborescenc, Winterberry, Ligustrum (Privet), Tartarian Honeysuckle, African Matrimony Vine, Andromedia (Pieris), Myrica, Mountain Holly, Beach Plum, Smooth Sumac, Staghorn Sumac, Rosa rugosa (Japanese Rose), Rosa setigera (Prairie Rose), Sambucus canadensis, Canadian Buffalo Berry, Meadowsweet, Viburnum dentatum and Arrow-wood. Hope this short list is helpful.

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