South Entrance Garden
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This contemporary garden is located adjacent to the South Parking Lot, greeting visitors as they enter the Mystic Seaport Museum. While often a design element in Victorian Gardens, ornamental grasses have had a resurgence of popularity, particularly in seaside settings. This garden features grasses, complimented by low maintenance perennials and shrubs. Contrasting textures and colors of foliage provide year round landscape interest.
A Native Grass
Northern Sea Oats (Uniola latifolia syn. Chasmanthium)
This native grass has interesting texture and movement. Panicles are green and turn bronze during the winter. The attractive seed head can also be brought indoors in flower arrangements or dry floral wreaths.
Sea Lavender (Statice latifolia)
Native to Russia, this airy perennial has a delicate texture. The blue-violet flowers are great for cut or dry arrangements. Sea lavender is salt tolerant, making an ideal specimen for a coastal or street-side planting.
A Native Giant
Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum 'Gateway')
This perennial is found along the roadsides of eastern United States. Joe Pye Weeds popularity has increased because it is native and adds a naturalized look into the garden. This plant grows to 6 feet tall and is combined well with ornamental grasses.