Seascape Gardening: From New England to the Carolinas

Seascape Gardening: From New England to the Carolinas

by Anne Halpin
     
 

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From New England to the Carolinas, gorgeous seaside gardens enhance the unique coastal landscape. Gardening by the sea, however, forces one to grapple with the reality of spraying salt and sand, high winds, fierce sun, and periods of drought that can seriously challenge both the toughest plants and the most determined green thumbs. Ann Halpin helps you design and…  See more details below

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From New England to the Carolinas, gorgeous seaside gardens enhance the unique coastal landscape. Gardening by the sea, however, forces one to grapple with the reality of spraying salt and sand, high winds, fierce sun, and periods of drought that can seriously challenge both the toughest plants and the most determined green thumbs. Ann Halpin helps you design and grow your own thriving coastal garden with profiles of seaside-compatible species and expert tips on growing stunning plants in a variety of climate and landscape conditions. 

Editorial Reviews

Washington Gardener
"Ann Halpin does a wonderful job describing the successes and challenges of beach gardening."
— Ursula Sabia Sukinik
Washington Gardener - Ursula Sabia Sukinik
"Ann Halpin does a wonderful job describing the successes and challenges of beach gardening."—Ursula Sabia Sukinik, Washington Gardener, September-October 2006
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"Ann Halpin does a wonderful job describing the successes and challenges of beach gardening."—Ursula Sabia Sukinik, Washington Gardener, September-October 2006

“An encyclopedia guide to creating a variety of hardy landscapes. Inspirational, waterfront gardens along the East Coast are followed by advice on choosing perennials, grasses and tress, plus planting and maintaining them.”

-- Waterfront Home & Design

“Beachfront gardening is unique and complex, but Halpin guides her fellow Long Islanders, offering planting and design advice, maintenance suggestions, [and] solutions to the biggest challenges.”

Newsday

“[This] well-written, beautiful book will help seashore gardeners deal with the special challenges of coastal conditions and enjoy the rewards.”

The American Gardener

Publishers Weekly
In this lushly illustrated how-to book, veteran gardener Halpin (Homescaping; etc.), herself a seaside gardener on Long Island, delves into the difficulties, pleasures and practicalities of gardening by the sea. She presents an overview of the geology and geography of the Atlantic coast from Maine to South Carolina and discusses the elemental challenges of seaside gardening-wind, salt, flooding, sand and sun. Suggestions for ways to work with or overcome these conditions include finding and sheltering an appropriate garden site, using native plants, creating windbreaks and improving the often poor seaside soils. Halpin presents "profiles" of 11 gorgeous seaside gardens varying in locale, from rocky southern Maine to marshy Maryland, and structure, some with formal and difficult-to-maintain plantings, others using native plants for low maintenance, with intriguing comments from the gardens' designers and caretakers about their failures, successes and passion for oceanside gardening. These gardens are mostly designed by landscape architects and professionally maintained, and may intimidate the DIY seaside gardener, but the book brims with practical information and lists of plants appropriate to particular situations. Almost half of the volume is devoted to an illustrated encyclopedia of seaside-compatible species, addressing hardiness, tolerance and recommended varieties. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A plethora of obstacles challenges seaside gardeners-salt spray from the ocean, gale-force winds, blazing sunlight, erosion, and sandy soil lacking nutrients, to name just a few. In this well-illustrated and informative primer, garden writer Halpin, who lives on Long Island, NY, addresses these and other issues and offers solutions to them. First, she identifies varying coastal geological conditions, from the rocky Atlantic seacoast to the low country of South Carolina. Then, once readers have recognized the conditions of their property, she shows them how to design and plan the garden by developing a style, establishing a sheltered site, working with color schemes, and implementing structures and hardscape. Fine line drawings and photographs accompany and illustrate the practical guidelines for caring for plants in the landscape, which include tips on planting, watering, fertilizing, and pruning. Eleven beautiful gardens are profiled with gorgeous photographs and comments and suggestions from the garden owners. The final chapter profiles the best seaside plants with charts showing salt, drought, and deer tolerance and lists recommended cultivars. Recommended for libraries in areas where seaside gardening is popular.-Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580175319
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
951,600
Product dimensions:
9.46(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.56(d)

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Meet the Author


Anne Halpin is the author of 12 books, including Seascape GardeningHomescaping, The Year-Round Flower Gardener; and Annuals, Perennials, and Bulbs. Numerous articles by and about Anne have appeared in such publications as Horticulture, Country Gardens, Country HomeWomans Day, and Homeowner. She lives in the Hamptons in New York.

Roger Foley is a garden and landscape photographer whose work appears in hundreds of books and magazines, including Garden Design, Cottage Living, Gardens Illustrated, and Southern Accents. A recipient of nine garden awards, his last book on Mt. Vernon won Award of the Year. More of his photography may be seen at www.Foleyfoto.com.

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