Seashore Sensation

Updated Mar 19, 2013

Multiple gardens, outdoor living areas for challenging space

Transforming the landscape around this mid-1800s house into a modern, relaxing spot for the clients and their extended family was no easy task for Scott Brinitzer Design Associates. The property’s trapezoidal shape, sandy soil and large size – which stretches more than 400 feet from the canal waterfront to back woodland – required extra planning and a creative approach, taking a
year to design and almost two years to finish. To manage the installation, Scott Brinitzer divided the project into five areas: canal, front, dining/fireplace, spa/pool and contemplation gardens.

The canal garden is wild and full of perennials – planted by friends and family during the client’s 50th birthday party – and grasses that can withstand occasional flooding and salty conditions. The foliage includes Black-Eyed Susans, day lilies, northern sea oats and Karl Foerster grass. “We mixed the plants up to get as much bloom time as possible,” Brinitzer says. Other gardens include camellias, viburnums, rosemary, lavender and hydrangeas, which “do really well there because hydrangeas are good for seashore planting.” The front garden is subdued, allowing the house to be the focal point. The home’s kitchen and dining rooms open onto the dining/fireplace garden for added convenience. During the summer, the spa/pool gardens are the center of activity. Finally, near the woodlands lies the contemplation garden, with flowing bedlines that connect to the neighboring property.

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