Beach Landscape Hits and Misses by Susan Harris

Some people go to the beach to enjoy the ocean. I do that (a bit) but mostly find myself looking at plants, at gardens. So in late May I walked down the boardwalk at Rehoboth, Delaware and stopped to admire the cedar-shake homes and especially the windswept plants that look just right at the ocean. Quite a contrast with this absurd display of manicured turfgrass. It looked even worse last fall when it was festooned with Trump signs. (Why are we not surprised?) I love this home and garden a block or two off the beach. The roses are Rugosas, not the usual Knockouts. A cute beach cottage with Knockouts and whimsy, too. This lovely home uses a large swath of Liriope to replace about half the lawn. This hellstrip along the beach could sure a nice groundcover. Maybe just divide those daylilies. Don’t you just want to enclose all this plants that were dropped into the turf in one big border? I can’t figure out if this was once a monoculture hedge that lost a plant in the middle or if ..
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