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Selecting plants which can handle strong winds and salt sprays will be key in the design of your seaside garden

Coastal Gardens can be places of beauty. However, gardening by the sea can be challenging. The 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.

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Aeonium 'Blushing Beauty'

Among the loveliest of Aeoniums, award-winning 'Blushing Beauty' is a branched, upright succulent with tight rosettes of glossy, light green, spoon-shaped leaves, flushed with red round the edges. Adding incredible drama and interest to the garden or containers, this Aeonium produces pale yellow racemes of small, star-shaped flowers in spring on mature plants.

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Aeonium 'Jack Catlin'

Aeonium 'Jack Catlin' is an evergreen succulent perennial forming low clumps of showy rosettes, 6-8 in. wide (15-20 cm), of glossy, fleshy, brilliant burgundy-red leaves. They contrast beautifully with the bright apple green heart.

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Aeonium 'Sunburst'

Among the loveliest of Aeoniums, award-winning 'Sunburst' is an evergreen succulent with large variegated rosettes, 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), of fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves. Held on long bare stems, the leaves are a delightful combination of creamy yellow and green stripes and are adorned with coppery red tips when exposed to the sun.

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Aeonium 'Velour'

Aeonium 'Velour' is an upright, evergreen, succulent perennial with branching stems adorned with showy rosettes of glossy, fleshy, dark chocolate to purple leaves. They contrast beautifully with the bright green heart.

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Aeonium 'Zwartkop'

A truly captivating Aeonium, award-winning 'Zwartkop' is an evergreen succulent with large rosettes, 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), of glossy, fleshy, dark burgundy, pointed leaves. If grown in full sun, the foliage of this Aeonium turns almost black, adding incredible drama and interest to the garden or containers.

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Aeonium arboreum

Aeonium arboreum is an evergreen succulent with showy rosettes of shiny, fleshy, spoon-shaped, apple green leaves at the end of sausage-like branches. Attractive when not blooming, this Aeonium is particularly striking when it produces bright golden racemes of small, star-shaped flowers in late winter to early spring.

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Aeonium arboreum 'Atropurpureum'

Aeonium arboreum 'Atropurpureum' is an evergreen succulent with magnificent rosettes of glossy, fleshy, dark-purple leaves. If grown in full sun, the foliage of this Aeonium turns almost black, adding incredible drama and interest to the garden or containers.

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Aeonium canariense (Canary Island Aeonium)

Aeonium canariense is an impressive evergreen succulent with large velvety rosettes, 6-12 in. across (15-30 cm), of fleshy leaves. Fresh green when grown in part shade, the soft, fuzzy leaves become tinged with reddish pink when exposed to the sun.

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Aeonium decorum (Green Pinwheel)

Aeonium decorum (Green Pinwheel) is a bushy, rounded, well-branched, evergreen succulent perennial forming low clumps of small rosettes, 2 in. wide (5 cm). The fleshy, glossy pale green, reddish-tinted leaves display red edges. This Aeonium offsets readily, spreading over time to form a lovely ground cover.

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Aeonium haworthii 'Kiwi'

A very pretty Aeonium, award-winning 'Kiwi' is an evergreen succulent with small variegated rosettes, 3-5 in. across (7-12 cm), of fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves. Creamy-yellow in their center, the pointed leaves gradually change to soft green towards their edges, which are elegantly adorned with a rose-red ribbon when adequately exposed to the sun.

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Agapanthus 'Arctic Star' (African Lily)

Noted for its hardiness and vigorous growth, Agapanthus 'Arctic Star' produces large rounded clusters of trumpet-shaped, pure white flowers on sturdy, upright stalks atop a clump of beautiful, semi-evergreen, gray-green, strap-shaped leaves.

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Agapanthus 'Black Buddhist' (African Lily)

One of the darkest African Lilies, Agapanthus 'Black Buddhist' is a compact perennial with large rounded clusters packed with dark blue, trumpet-shaped flowers, each adorned with a dark stripe down the center of the petals.

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Agapanthus 'Blue Heaven' (African Lily)

Blooming perpetually through the entire season, Agapanthus 'Blue Heaven' is an upright, clump forming African Lily with profuse rounded clusters packed with up to 80 dark violet-blue flowers. Blooming from early to late summer, they rise on stiff, upright stalks atop clumps of large, evergreen, strap-shaped leaves.

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Agapanthus 'Bressingham Blue' (African Lily)

Native to South Africa, Agapanthus 'Bressingham Blue' is a flamboyant African Lily with showy, 4.5 in. (11 cm), rounded clusters of deep amethyst-blue flowers from mid to late summer. They rise on stiff, upright stalks atop clumps of beautiful, long, shiny leaves.

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Agapanthus 'Brilliant Blue' (African Lily)

Free-flowering, Agapanthus 'Brilliant Blue' is a compact semi-evergreen African Lily boasting loose clusters of rich blue flowers, adorned with a darker stripe running through each petal. After 5 years, it will produce more than 100 flowers each summer.

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