The key to seaside gardening is blending a garden into its surroundings. Obviously, weather is a very large factor in selecting plants for your seaside retreat. Plants need to be able to stand up to the harsh winds living by the ocean bring.
Day Lillies and Shasta Daisies are two examples of perennials that can stand up to life at the beach!
Vinca, Sweet Assylum and Wishbone Flower are a few annuals that do well.
In our new garden at the Jersey Shore, shrub roses and hydrangea perform beautifullly.
Our section of our little island is home to many pine trees and olive trees appear to do well beside them. When we designed our beach-side garden, we wanted it to be colorful, yet virtually maintenance free. So far, so good!
Grasses are a staple in the Northeast seaside areas. Very little maintenance and can certainly stand up to the winds. We incorporated an old anchor from a salvage yard into our landscaping.
Hardscaping in tones of blue-green can mimic the hue of the sea. Wood is always a natural choice. We just finished installing a ground level entrace patio out of epe wood which has now become a haven from the sun with a few teak lounge chairs!
The gardens of Nantucket are just amazing! Something about their naturally-weathered shingles against all of those bright, colorful flowers.
The blue of the Caribbean Sea is a stunning background in and of itself!