By Kim Charles


Amy Hourihan's beautiful seaside garden adjacent to historic Fort Sewall, Marblehead, MA.

"Our property consists of a 1/2 acre walled yard, with water views, in the historic New England village of Marblehead. The home is an 1880 Colonial Revival.

When we bought this house seven years ago, there was very little besides hosta, day lilies and lady’s mantle thriving, and there was no hardscaping or inviting places to sit outdoors. It had a guest cottage that was boxy and unattractive. Besides adding several rounded brick terraces with granite coping, we also added a small victorian greenhouse to the cottage. A raised bed potager uses a corner of the yard. The main attraction is a hundred foot cottage garden, along an old stone wall. In the spring it is filled with drifts of tulips and narcissus, and in summer, roses and clematis spill out of the drifts of digitalis, peonies and delphinium. Dahlias and phlox carry the late summer show. An old apple tree, blueberries, elderberries, and strawberries provide fruit, in addition to the productive vegetable garden. The greenhouse extends the season by a month in both spring and fall, and cold frames deliver fresh lettuce and greens year round. We start all our own veggies and flowers under lights in February before they harden off in April and May in the greenhouse. Windowboxes on the cottage are filled with colorful, homegrown annuals.Water barrels, made from old whiskey barrels, conserve water. We are zone 6B."

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