As we enter the summer season, many of us are getting our beach houses ready. Landscape architect Arta Abdyli comes to Pik Ark with some tips about the best plants to use in your summer house garden. If you are planning to design your beach garden, these tips will help you choose the right plants to adapt to the climate of the coastal areas, as well as create a unique and functional design at the same time.
Landscape Design: The best plants for a beach house garden
Designing the landscape of a beach house has its challenges: high temperatures, fog and strong winds can be a problem in coastal areas.
The best coastal garden plants tolerate hot coastal sun, extreme winds and sandy soil.
The planting scheme for a beach garden includes plants that bloom every year, such as: catmint, salvia, lilac, peony. These plants can withstand salt, and do not require constant maintenance.
These silver-leafed plants can withstand extreme temperatures. Pots of Echinacea in pink and white can be planted for an informal look.
Combination of long herbs like Anemanthele lessoniana with orange leaves; and reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’).
A very natural look with a mix of purple, orange and green plants – a soft palette that combines with the blue sea water.
Many areas of the coastal landscape are in very sunny places, and shrubs or trees for coastal use should be tolerant to sea salt. Strong winds are common on the beach and the soil is sandy, meaning water retention can be a problem for plants in a coastal garden.
Below are some of the most widely used coastal plants: Trees (Ilex vomitoria) and shrubs (Myrica cerifera). Larger trees with a high salt tolerance include (Juniperus virginiana) and (Magnolia grandiflora). Combine these with herbs like Miscanthus Sinensis or Muhlenbergia.