One of the main benefits of coastal gardening is that such regions are frost free. Problems however, include salt spray, windy conditions and sandy soils. Preparation and forethought are key: soils must be constantly enriched with manure and compost, salt tolerant plants are essential- consider creating living screens of such plants to protect less tolerant plants.
Some great plants for seaside planting include:
Botanical name: Hemerocallis hybrids
Common name: Day Lily
Daylilies seem to thrive anywhere you plant them — so it should be no surprise they’ll also do well by the beach. They bear grassy foliage and flowers in a wide range of shades, from bright reds and deep purples to golden-yellows, eye-catching oranges, and creamy white.
Botanical name: Kniphofia hybrids
Common name: Red Hot Poker
Add drama to your garden with red-hot poker. This stately perennial offers strappy leaves topped by spikes of red, orange, and yellow flowers. It’s a wonderfully heat- and drought-resistant plant that’s also a favorite of hummingbirds.
Botanical name: Gazania hybrids
Common name: Gazania
Gardeners cherish gazanias as much for their cheery, daisy-shape blooms in glowing shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, and white as for their tough nature. In warm-climate areas, these charmers are evergreen perennials, but they also make fantastic additions to container gardens.
Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia
Common name: English Lavender
Double your pleasure by planting lavender in front of roses. Both of these beauties will fill your garden with scent — and the lavender will camouflage the bare rose stems. Lavender is an easy-care plant that loves sandy soil, making it perfect to grow along the beach.
Botanical name: Portulaca oleracea
Common name: Portulaca
Drought-tolerant and tough-as-nails, portulaca, won’t knuckle under to salt spray. It bears beautiful flowers on a low, creeping plant perfect for the front of the border or in window boxes, hanging baskets, and other containers. It blooms in a range of shades from white and magenta to yellow, orange, and red. Though portulaca is an annual, it commonly self-seeds in the garden so you may need to plant it only once.
Botanical name: Geranium hybrids
Common name: Geranium
Geraniums will thrive in any sunny spot, making them ideal for exposed seaside beds and borders. Look for varieties with bright red blooms to catch the eye, or go with soft pinks or whites for a more soothing presentation.
Botanical name: Cuphea ignea
Common name: Cigar Plant
Cuphea is relatively new to gardeners, so it’s not gotten the amount of attention it deserves. But this little annual blooms its head off, producing bright red, pink, or orange flowers, even in the hottest weather. It also holds up well to salt and drying winds.
Botanical name: Armeria maritima
Common name: Pincushion
Lovely little sea pink is an adorable groundcover with grassy foliage and round clusters of pink or white flowers in late spring and early summer. It’s a slow spreader, so you don’t have to worry about it running rampant.
– Erigeron karvinskianus (Seaside Daisy)
– Rosmarinus officinalis (Coastal Rosemary)
– Gaura lindheimeri (Butterfly Bush)
– Nepeta x faassenii (Catmint)
– Convolvulus cneorum (Silverbush)
– Festuca glauca (Blue Fescue)
– Leucophyta brownii (Cushion Bush)
– Agapanthus praecox (African Lily)