Dewey designed serpentine mixed border plantings featuring several native varieties on either side of the property that gently pull the eye to the ocean. A variety of native shrubs such as red twig dogwood, river birch, eastern red cedar, and Clethera alnilfolia “Summersweet” were combined with hardy American varieties such as Leyland cypress, white spruce, concolor fir, hybrid blue hollies, and arborvitae as well as two varieties of viburnum (“Shasta” and “Korean Spice.”)
“Viburnum have lots of attractive qualities,” says Dewey, who is a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA.) “It is one of my favorite native landscape choices, offering hardiness, an impressive show of blooms and scent, strong fruiting, multi-season structure, and wildlife value.”
Reflecting the fact that with each step, you travel closer to the water, each successive bed flows into the next with carefully coordinated flowering perennials and shrubs, grasses, roses, and native shore plants. Located about halfway along the unwinding lawn, blue fescue and “Dwarf Hameln” grasses, Russian sage, sedum, and repeat blooming daylily perennials offer season-long color and bloom.