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What Grows in the Sea Garden?

Perennial perimeter plants

Several perennials — plants that come back year after year — are growing around the outside edge of the rooftop. These woody shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses will be growing in the Sea Garden for years to come. Can you find them all?

Bitter switchgrass
Bitter switchgrass
  • Ornamental grass
  • 3’ - 4’ tall
  • Best in full sun to partial shade
Blue Lyme Grass
Blue Lyme Grass
  • Ornamental grass
  • 3’ - 4’ tall
  • Best in full sun
butterfly bush
Butterfly Bush
  • Deciduous shrub
  • 5’ - 10’ tall
  • Showy dark purple flowers
  • Attracts butterflies
 
Cranesbill
Cranesbill Geranium
  • Perennial
  • Best in full sun to partial shade 
Dusty Miller
Dusty Miller
  • Perennial
  • 6" - 12" tall
  • Best in fun sun
  • Wooly leaves
  • Blooms from July to late August
highbush blueberry
Highbush Blueberry
  • Deciduous Shrub
  • 4' - 10' tall
  • Best in full sun to partial shade
  • Edible fruit
 
Lowbush Blueberry
Lowbush Blueberry
  • Deciduous Shrub
  • 1’ - 3’ tall
  • Best in full sun to partial shade
  • Edible fruit typically eaten by birds 
Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon
  • Deciduous shrub
  • 6' - 12' tall
Russian Sage
Russian Sage
  • Perennial
  • 3’ - 4’ tall
  • Showy lavender/blue flowers
  • Attracts butterflies
 
Summer Wine Ninebark
Summer Wine Ninebark
  • Deciduous shrub
  • 4' - 6' tall
  • Showy pink and white flowers
  • Good resistance to mildew
Coreopsis
Threadleaf Coreopsis
  • Perennial
  • Needs full sun to partial shade
  • Attract birds and butterflies
  • Showy yellow flowers
Iris
Variegated Iris
  • Perennial
  • 1' 3' tall
  • Showy blue and lavender flowers
  • Best in full sun to partial shade
 

Seasonal planters: summer harvest

Each season, we grow new vegetables, herbs and flowers in the colorful planters at the center of the rooftop. Here are some of the seasonal plants growing in the garden this summer!

Basil
Basil
Sunflowers
Sunflowers
Collards
Collards
 
Cucumber
Cucumber
Curly parsley
Curly parsley
Eggplant
Eggplant
 
Cabbage
Cabbage
leeks
Leeks
Lettuce
Lettuce
 
Rosemary
Rosemary
Sweet basil
Sweet basil
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
 
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