house by the marsh

front house plantings



planting plan

This is a planting plan for the front of the house.

plant recommendations

Trees / Large Shrubs  

River birch

Betula Nigra 'Dura-heat'

This tree will provide privacy from the neighbors, stay fairly narrow, feed birds and have great winter bark


Amelanchier canadensis

Blooms when the shad run. Very tasty berries

Groundsel Bush

Baccharis halimifolia

Great white flowers in fall, very tolerant of salt

Witch Hazel

Hamamelis virginiana

Blooms in late October or November


lex verticillata

Beautiful against the snow Birds love the berries

Staghorn Sumac

Rhus typhina

Beautiful fall color 

Forms colonies


Morella pensylvanica

Good for privacy and to give birds cover

low shrubs 

Carolina Rose

Rosa carolina

Hardy beautiful rose with great hips.  Who doesn't love great hips

Beach Plum

Prunus maritima

Wonderful spring blooms for bees and fall fruit for birds - and jam 

Sweet fern

Comptonia peregrina

Slow growing and spreading shrub with a wonderful scent and interesting flowers


Clethra alnifolia

Oh for the scent of clethra in July.   Nice fall color too


Ilex glabra

A workhorse in the garden, easy to care for evergreen

Endless Summer Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla  'endless summer'

Because they are so pretty


Itea verginica 'Henry's garnet'

Great fall color and interesting blooms, I need a better image


Physocarpus opulifolius

Sweet white flowers, red berries and winter interest.  There are cultivars with burgandy or chartruese  colored leaves


Myrica gale

Blue-hued leaves are a great backdrop, stays nice and compact.  Prefers it moist

Bear berry


Salt tolerant, low growing shrub groundcover, evergreen foliage

pollinator - wildflower garden plants

These plants were selected to be sun loving, native to your area that want average to moist soil.  For the most part they are  "well-behaved"  garden plants.   I have also mostly included plants that would look good against the blue of the house.

perennials  - spring


Penstemon digitalis

Definitely a nice add though a little tall for the front garden perhaps near the birch tree

Golden groundsel 

Packera aurea

Blue flag iris

Iris versicolor

If you love iris, but want to get rid of the cultivars that look sloppy in the summer, the native iris is a good choice.

Perennials  - Summer

Swamp milkweed

Asclepias incarnata

Obedient plant

Physostegia virginiana

Blue vervain

Verbena hastata

Tall deep blue spikes.

Nodding onion

Allium cernuum

This native onion is a little looser than the ones you have outside the pool fence.  You might want to add them as a group as a counterpoint.

Showy tick trefoil

 Desmodium canadense

Blue lobelia

Lobelia siphilitica

Cheerful, self seeds.   Nice with other blues and yellows

Spotted Joe Pye weed Eutrochium maculatum

Yellow wild indigo

Baptisia tinctoria

Pink tickseed

 Coreopsis rosea

Short - good for front garden with your cosmos

Culver's root  Veronicastrum virginicum

Tall - dramatic good for traffic circle or against fence near pool

New York ironweed Vernonia noveboracensis

Similar in stature to the Culver's root.   Beautiful to see sway in the breeze.

Goldenrod - Little Lemon  

This is a short cultivar that is worth considering as it blooms a little earlier than most goldenrods and at 18" is easier to work into a standard bed.  This would be good for either the front or near the pool.

perennials  - fall

Gray goldenrod

Solidago nemoralis

Downy goldenrod

Solidago puberula

Downy skullcap 

Scutellaria incana

White snakeroot

Ageratina altissima

New York aster

Symphyotrichum novi-belgii

New England aster

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

other proposed planting beds 

There are several areas on the property that could be planted to enhance wildlife value without compromising the view.   This schematic shows a set of planting beds for shrubs.   

Western lawn area