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Coastal Garden

Learn how to design a beautiful, easily maintained coastal garden!

Seaside or coastal Gardens can be places of beauty and interest where you can relax and enjoy the bounty and beauty of the sea. However, proximity to the ocean or sea must be borne in mind when considering what to plant. Selecting plants which can handle strong winds and salt sprays will be key in the design of a seaside garden. Luckily, many beautiful plants and flowers, if carefully selected, will survive and even thrive, and help you design the perfect coastal landscape. Consider planting native coastal plants or grasses. These seaside-hardy plants are well suited and have the added benefit of helping to control erosion and provide a breaker from blowing sand.

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Acacia retinodes (Swamp Wattle)

Fast-growing, Acacia retinodes (Swamp Wattle) is a large spreading evergreen shrub or small tree of oval or rounded habit with narrowly lance-shaped, gray-green to light green leaves. Blooming intermittently through the year, clouds of bright lemon-yellow, small, rounded flowers held in short axillary racemes cover the branches and create a striking floral display. The blossoms attract nectar feeding birds and butterflies.

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Acer palmatum 'Atrolineare' (Ribbon-Leaf Japanese Maple)

Noted for its graceful foliage, Acer palmatum 'Atrolineare' (Ribbon-Leaf Japanese Maple) is a remarkable small tree of dense, upright habit. In spring, its delicate foliage of ribbon-like leaves emerges dark red, before bronzing out with green undertones as the season progresses. In the fall, the finely-textured foliage warms up to dazzling red and orange shades and stands out beautifully in the landscape. Compact, this elegant Japanese Maple is perfect as a specimen in the garden, containers or bonsai.

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Acer palmatum 'Koto-no-ito' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Koto-no-ito' is a deciduous shrub or small tree with pretty, trailing leaves comprised of 5-7 narrow, straplike lobes, which emerge with crimson tones before quickly turning bright green. Born on short red stalks, the elegant leaves warm up to vibrant orange-yellow in fall

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Acer palmatum 'Ornatum' (Laceleaf Japanese Maple)

Noted for its reliability and distinctive foliage color, Acer palmatum 'Ornatum' is a slow-growing deciduous shrub with an elegant, rounded habit.

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Achillea 'Fanal' or 'The Beacon' (Yarrow)

Weeks of rich red blossoms! If you are looking for abundant blooms in shades of crimson for weeks of summer color, Achillea 'Fanal' previously known as 'The Beacon' is what you need.

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Achillea 'Feuerland' (Yarrow)

Presenting a mosaic of warm colors with its flowers of various ages, Achillea 'Feuerland' is a compact and gorgeous Yarrow with masses of long-lasting clusters of blood red flowers delicately fading to soft gold as they mature. Its pleasantly aromatic, semi-evergreen, gray-green fern-like foliage is disease resistant and nicely compliments the cheerful flat umbel flowers. This Achillea is perfect for both the cool or warm borders.

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Achillea 'Inca Gold' (Yarrow)

Achillea 'Inca Gold' has become a favorite of designers with its masses of long-lasting clusters of vibrant orange flowers delicately fading to gold bronze as they mature.

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Achillea 'Moonshine'

Evergreen, award-winning Achillea 'Moonshine' is highly prized by gardeners for its pleasantly aromatic, silver-green feathery foliage and its long-lasting, conspicuous, bright lemon-yellow flat umbel flowers. Vital ingredient of herbaceous borders, cottage gardens, meadows or prairies, this Yarrow typically blooms for weeks from late spring to late summer in a beautiful color display. Easy care, drought, heat, humidity, deer and rabbit tolerant.

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Achillea 'Terracotta' (Yarrow)

Presenting a mosaic of warm colors with its flowers of various ages, Achillea 'Terracotta' is a gorgeous Yarrow with masses of long-lasting clusters of peachy yellow flowers fading to a straw color. Its pleasantly aromatic, semi-evergreen, green-gray fern-like foliage is disease resistant and nicely compliments the cheerful flat umbel flowers

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Achillea 'Walther Funcke' (Yarrow)

Presenting a mosaic of warm colors with its flowers of various ages, Achillea 'Walther Funcke' is a strong, sturdy and gorgeous Yarrow with masses of long-lasting clusters of brick-red flowers fading to terracotta then creamy yellow. Its pleasantly aromatic, semi-evergreen, green-gray fern-like foliage is disease resistant and nicely compliments the cheerful flat umbel flowers.

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Achillea millefolium 'Apricot Delight' (Yarrow)

A unique color! Good-looking, compact, bushy and heat loving, Achillea millefolium 'Apricot Delight' is a stunning Yarrow with its masses of long-lasting flower clusters in various shades of pink, from palest apricot to near red.

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Achillea millefolium 'Cerise Queen' (Yarrow)

Weeks of cheerful blossoms! If you are looking for abundant blooms in shades of magenta for weeks of summer color, Achillea millefolium 'Cerise Queen' is what you need.

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Achillea millefolium 'Paprika' (Yarrow)

A vigorous, striking variety! Achillea millefolium 'Paprika' is a stunning sight with its long-lasting, conspicuous, large clusters of bright red flowers fading delicately to light pink and creamy yellow as they age.

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Achillea millefolium 'Pink Grapefruit' (Yarrow)

From deep rose to creamy pink! Good-looking, compact, bushy and heat loving, Achillea millefolium 'Pink Grapefruit' is a stunning Yarrow with its masses of long-lasting clusters of bright deep rose flowers fading delicately to creamy pink as they age.

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Achillea millefolium 'Pomegranate' (Yarrow)

Good-looking, compact, bushy and heat loving, Achillea millefolium 'Pomegranate' is a stunning Yarrow with its masses of long-lasting clusters of rich velvety red flowers which immediately catch the eye. Its pleasantly aromatic, semi-evergreen, green fern-like foliage is disease resistant and nicely compliments the cheerful flat umbel flowers.

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