Plants on a beach grow directly out of the sand or shingle, so scattering plants through the garden rather than having ‘rise beds’ will create a seaside garden feel. The key to selecting plants for your coastal garden is to look for varieties that offer movement and texture. Playfully combining succulent and waxy, shiny-leaved shrubs with strappy plans will help you to reach the desire for a natural coastal look. There are some particular plants for a coastal garden.
Blue chalk sticks – plants Silvery blue, finger-like fleshy leaves, and small white flowers in summer. Quickly forming a dense blue mat with its upward-curving leaves, this low-growing succulent is highly versatile and ideal as a border plant or as a groundcover.
Agave – however, nothing gives the coastal garden more of a tropical feel than Agaves. Agaves are dramatic plants with prickly-edged leaves very adaptable. Soils low in clay content are fine. Texture can be sandy or rocky and can go without water for weeks, even months.
Coastal Rosemary – a woody Mediterranean herb is perfect for a seaside spot, and this one is incredibly hardy. It has an evergreen structure and delicate bluish flowers in summer. Most importantly, it smells fantastic.
Tamarisk – this beautiful coastal shrub or small tree with slender branches, plume-like foliage, and tiny, feathery pale pink flowers that give the tree a pine-like appearance. Is a good ornamental choice for coastal situations.
Tussock grass – This is spectacular fountain-shaped grass. They usually grow as singular plants in clumps or bunches, rather than forming lawns. Seed-heads persist well into winter and turn bronze-brown with age.
Festuca Glauca – commonly known as blue fescue, is a species of flowering plant in the grass family of Poaceae, it is a commonly cultivated evergreen or semi-evergreen.
Anemanthele lessoniana (pheasant grass) – is an elegant and impressive ornamental grass, which provides year-round colours movement, and structure. The colour becomes more intense during the colder months of the year.
Cordyline Australis – a striking evergreen, this architectural plant has the appearance of a small palm tree. It adds an exotic atmosphere to a coastal garden, and young plants look great in containers.
Sea Kale – this is a great plant for foliage and brings a classic seaside charm to the garden. It has wrinkled silvery green leaves and is edible like other kale. Moreover, Sea Kale is a seasonal plant, during the winter dies but regrows fresh and green in spring.
Eryngium maritimum (sea holly) – a British native plant with large silvery bracts that surround steely-blue flowers on branching stems. Eryngium maritimum is an evergreen plant.
Armeria Maritima (Thrift) – is a compact, evergreen perennial boasting round clusters of pink to lavender or sometimes white flowers borne atop slender stalks that rise well above the foliage.
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