Many people think it is hard to grow flowers living near the beach because of the sandy soil. However, there are so many beautiful perennial flowers you can add to your coastal gardens that will grow well and even flourish living by the water.
Here is a list of nine flowers I grow in my beach-side garden each year that thrive in the sunshine and can grow well even in poorer soil.
1. Russian Sage
Russian Sage is a hardy perennial plant with lavender colored flowers. It blooms from early summer up until October. It is easy to care for and prefers full sun and dry soil.
2. Black-Eyed Susans
Black-Eyed Susans are a perennial native to North America. This is a flower that attracts butterflies. They prefer full sun and spread easily. They are good for borders and for cut flowers.
3. Cone Flowers
Cone Flowers are also known as Echinaceas. They come in pinkish/purple and white colors. Butterflies and birds are attracted to the heads of the flowers. They bloom mid-summer and can withstand the heat. They prefer the sun, but will grown in shady conditions too.
4. Shasta Daisies
This flower blooms 2-3 feet tall with white petals and yellow centers. It prefers full sun in well-drained soil. This flower is easy to grow and will multiply easily.
5. Lamb’s Ear
This plant is good for full-sun and spreads very quickly. The plant can withstand poor soil and weather conditions. It does not like moist soil. The plants have woolly leaves like a lamb’s ear and it produces stalks of pink or purple flowers. It is good for the border of a garden.
Daylilies tolerate a variety of conditions and bloom each year without much attention. They come in a variety of vibrant colors. Daylilies are good along fences or walkways.
This perennial herb enjoys the hot sun and dry soil. It can be used in the kitchen or to add a beautiful border to your garden. It flowers from early summer into fall. Cut some of the flowers and leave them next to your bed and take a whiff before falling asleep for a nice, peaceful night.
This flower is drought resistant. It also attracts butterflies to your garden and is easy to care for. This flower does spread quickly, so be careful where you plant it in your garden.
This is my favorite flower. It is also the first flower I think of when I think New England. This plant comes in a variety of colors – blue, pink, purple, white and rose. The flowers on the plant change color based on the pH level of the soil. Hydrangeas enjoy moist soils and enjoy a mixture of sun and shade throughout the day.
Comment with your favorite flowers you plant in your coastal gardens.