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What ornamental grasses can I plant near salt water, and is there a local nursery that specializes in grasses?
As far as nursery sources, I think a full-service nursery is your best bet for finding ornamental grasses. The only "specialist" in grasses I could find is Walla Walla Nursery, which seems a long way from Seattle to go.
King County's interactive native plant guide also includes a page on marine (salt water) shoreline plants. At the bottom of the page, note the three native grasses which are recommended:
The following list of plants according to their salt tolerance comes from University of Minnesota Extension, but there may be some ornamental grasses that will do well here.
In her book Gardening at the Shore (Timber Press, 2006), Frances Tenenbaum lists a number of ornamental grasses (in addition to dune grasses):
There are many attractive cultivated varieties of some of the plants listed above, and most local nurseries will carry them.
|Keywords||salt-tolerant plants, Seaside gardening, Ornamental grasses|
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