Distinctive plants that will add color to your seaside property

Want to create a glorious display of color from spring to fall?

You too can do it with these plants that are ideal for seaside gardens.
It’s no secret that seaside gardening can be challenging—after all—coastal plants have to be able to stand up to strong winds as well as salty soil and ocean spray. And since that’s asking for a lot, we’ve chosen a handful of the toughest coastal plants available on the market.

Let’s start with one of my wife’s favorites:
Portulaca
It sports beautiful flowers on a low, creeping plant ideal for the front of a planting border. They’re great for window boxes, hanging baskets, and other containers in seaside gardens. Ours are in hanging planters. Drought-tolerant and tough-as-it-comes, portulaca or (moss rose) is a perfect plant for salty soil. This delicate pretty blooms in a range of shades from white and magenta to yellow, orange, and red.
Yarrow
I love the easy-growing yarrow. It is perfect coastal plant for any sunny garden—best part is it’s virtually pest-free and holds up to cold, drought, and windy conditions. Look for selections with blooms in shades of rich yellows & vibrant oranges, terra-cotta’s, deep red, bright pink, pure white and multi-colored varieties. They propagate so be prepared to find more plants than you originally planted.
Verbena
You can certainly create a cottage-garden feel with this delightful plant that’s perfectly suited for seaside gardens. Verbena displays clusters of lavender-purple flowers all summer long on stems that can grow up to 6 feet tall. The flowers—which are a good coastal plant—attract a range of butterflies and are wonderful in cut-flower arrangements.
Lavender
What’s better than lavender in front of roses in seaside gardens? Both of these coastal plant beauties will fill your garden with scent—and with the addition of lavender, it will camouflage the bare rose stems. Lavender is an easy-care sandy soil plant that’s ideal along the beach.
Daylily
Daylilies are amazing & frankly thrive anywhere you plant ’em! It should be no surprise they’ll do extremely well in seaside gardens. The grassy foliage and tall flowers come in a wide range of shades, from bright reds and deep purples to golden-yellows, eye-catching oranges, and creamy white. We’ve got about 12 varieties on our plantation.
Sea Oats
Aggressive spreaders as “all get out”—they are native to areas of North America. This ornamental grass thrives just about anywhere you plant it (even in shade) so it works well as a coastal plant. Sea oats bears unique plumes that seem to flutter in the ocean breeze and boast attractive bronze foliage in fall.
Red-Hot Poker
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 a wonderfully heat/drought-resistant grower. It happens to be a favorite of hummingbirds.
Gaillardia
Ideal for its long bloom season in seaside gardens; it flowers nonstop from summer to frost. Imagine that? It’s also wonderfully drought-resistant, so it thrives in the sandy soil near lakes and oceans. Want more reasons to love it? Gaillardia is perfect for both cutting and attracts a multitude of gorgeous butterflies.
Hydrangea
Though they look delicate, hydrangeas are an ideal plant for sandy soil and hold up especially well on windy days. Consider them a beautiful addition to partly shaded sections of any seaside garden.

Because these plants for salty soil are so dependable, they are good choices for any yard, whether your view is to a seaside garden, the ’burbs … even on a mountaintop.

Happy planting sea siders!

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