Landscaping ideas for a shoreline backyard patio garden
We live in a townhouse in a shoreline town in Connecticut with a small backyard patio garden area. The patio is bordered by vinyl fencing which is 6 feet high and 8 feet in length. I would like to use a lot of ornamental grasses of different colors and heights, since these are very popular in our area and I like them as well. I also want to use other plants that would fit in with the "beach" theme but I don't know what to use. I want to line these plants along the fence area.
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There are lots of wonderful choices for your Zone 6 shoreline garden, below. You might also check with your County Extension Service for their list of plants suitable for your climate.


Ornamental grasses:

Miscanthus sinensis

Melica aff. ciliata (Melic grass)

Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze' (Little bluestem)

Perennials to go with the grasses:

Artemisia versicolor 'Sea Foam' (Curlicue sage)

Erigeron linearis (Fleabane)

Santolina (Lavender cotton)

Buddleia davidii (Butterfly bush)

Agastache sp. (Hummingbird mint)

Rhus aromatica (Fragrant sumac)

Spiraea japonica (this is a small shrub)

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian sage)

--Stephanie Hainsfurther, Albuquerque, New Mexico (formerly of Connecticut)

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