IF YOU live near the coast, you might find your garden takes a little extra work – with a sea view comes a wind, bearing salt on its wings, meaning coastal plants must be extra-resilient.
Next time you visit the garden centre, be sure to pop a few packets of these seeds in your trolley – they’re known to fare very well in seaside gardens:
Daylilies seem to thrive anywhere you plant them – so it should be no surprise they’ll also do well in seaside gardens. 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.
Name: Hemerocallis selections
Add drama to your seaside gardens with red-hot poker. This stately perennial offers strappy leaves, topped by spikes of red, orange and yellow flowers. Even as a good plant for salty soil, it’s also a wonderful heat – and drought-resistant grower that’s also a favourite of hummingbirds.
Name: Kniphofia selections
Grow bold gaillardia for its long bloom season in seaside gardens; it flowers nonstop from summer to frost. It’s also wonderfully drought-resistant, so it thrives in the sandy soil often found around lakes and oceans. Want more reasons to love it? Gaillardia is great for cutting and attracts scores of butterflies.
Name: Gaillardia selections
Easy-growing yarrow is the perfect coastal plant for any sunny garden – it’s virtually pest-free, is a wonderful cut flower and holds up to cold, drought and windy conditions. Look for selections with blooms in shades of rich yellow, terracotta orange, deep red, bright pink and pure white.
Name: Achillea selections
Lantana, a good plant for salty soil, is a near guarantee that you’ll see butterflies in your garden. You’re also sure to enjoy this coastal plant’s easy-care nature – its bright colour and ability to take care of itself make lantana the perfect plant to grow along the beach in seaside gardens.
Name: Lantana selections
You’d expect a plant native to Siberia to be tough – and this rose doesn’t disappoint. Rosa rugosa stands up to heat and cold, drought, wind and salt spray with ease. This coastal plant bears fragrant flowers off and on from spring to autumn; the flowers become pumpkin-orange rose hips that birds love.
Name: Rosa rugosa
Double your pleasure by planting lavender in front of roses in seaside gardens. Both of these coastal plants will fill your garden with scent – and the lavender will camouflage the bare rose stems. Lavender is an easy-care sandy soil plant that’s perfect to grow along the beach.
Name: Lavandula angustifolia
Though they look delicate, hydrangeas are a good plant for sandy soil and hold up well to wind too – so they’re a beautiful addition to partly shaded sections of seaside gardens.
Name: Hydrangea selections
Enjoy colour and texture all year in seaside gardens with evergreen junipers. There’s a wide range of these easy-growing coastal shrubs – look for varieties with blue, green, or gold foliage, as well as low, creeping types; medium-size selections; and tall, narrow picks perfect for privacy.
Name: Juniperus selections
Drought-tolerant and tough-as-nails, portulaca (often called moss rose) is a perfect plant for salty soil. 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 in seaside gardens. It blooms in a range of shades from white and magenta to yellow, orange and red.
Name: Portulaca selections
Cuphea is relatively new to gardeners, so it’s not gotten the amount of attention it deserves, especially as a coastal plant. But this little annual blooms its head off, producing bright red, pink, or orange flowers, even in the hottest weather or in salty soil. It also holds up well to drying winds.
Name: Cuphea selections