This doesn’t mean you can’t have variety and color in your beach landscape. It does mean that you should research salt tolerance before selecting expensive ornamentals for your garden.
The soil in beach landscapes is different that other regions. It contains more sand and far less nutrients than soil from other regions. The plants can’t absorb the plant nutrients in salty areas, so they will find it difficult to use what nutrients are in the soil. This makes plant selection critical in beach landscapes.
Fortunately, the choice of salt tolerant plants allows you to select plenty of great plants. Lantanas, ivy geraniums in baskets, kalanchoes, day lilies, and coleus provide color on the patio, in pots or in your garden. Crotons make colorful shrubbery or ornamentals and these plants obtain their full glory in the bright sun of
Beach landscapes are great when accented by seashells you collect yourself. Simply collect specimens you like, wash the sand and salt away, and use these gems just as if they were mulch, placing them over the soil in your garden. Select large specimens like conch for decorating the garden landscape. A large fishing net can be hung from a privacy fence and decorated with shells. Large glass buoys are also great garden landscape features whether hung along a fence or place in the garden design.
Southern beach landscapes are the perfect place for planting flowers such as orchids. The wonderful part about these fantastic display garden flowers is they require almost no care in humid beach areas. Simply water them during dry spells and let them grow. They will impress you with their blooms again and again. For beginners the cymbidium is an easy orchid to grow and is quite affordable for a first effort. You can build a garden arbor and hand orchids from it or hang the orchids under a large tree. You’ll love their beauty and your friends that visit you at the beach will be amazed at your green thumb, never knowing how easy these great plants are to grow in salty, humid beach areas. You don’t have to be a professional landscaper to make this work.
To make your beach landscape lush and tropical, you’ll need to select a species of turf grass that is very salt tolerant and chinch bug tolerant. With proper care, a little water during dry periods, the right turf grass will create a carpet-like lawn for your beach house.