Coastal Garden - The Best Plants to Grow in your Garden
Coastal gardens have a unique charm but can be challenging due to factors such as high salt levels, strong winds, and sandy soil. However, many plants have adapted to these conditions and can create a stunning seaside display. Here are some of the best plants for your coastal garden:
- Sea Thrift (Armeria maritima): A tough perennial, it forms a compact mound of grass-like leaves with pink or white flower heads in spring and early summer. It is low-maintenance and good for borders and rock gardens.
- Beach Rose (Rosa rugosa): With fragrant flowers and attractive hips in autumn, this hardy shrub resists wind and salt spray. It’s perfect for hedges and borders.
- Sea Holly (Eryngium maritimum): It’s a striking plant with metallic blue flowers and bristly leaves, attracting butterflies and bees.
- Lavender (Lavandula): Lavender loves sandy soil and its fragrance complements the sea air. It’s great for borders and attracting pollinators.
- Crambe maritima (Sea Kale): An attractive perennial with large, blue-green leaves and honey-scented white flowers in summer.
- Grasses: Coastal grasses such as Marram Grass (Ammophila arenaria) and Blue Lyme Grass (Leymus arenarius) are excellent at binding sandy soil and resisting wind.
Remember, grouping plants together can help them resist wind damage, and mulching can conserve water and improve soil quality.