What to Grow on the Coast
For most plants, the sandy soil of the coast lacks essential nutrients. Pack your garden with these hardy, coastal picks that can survive and thrive in a seaside environment.
What works for you will depend on where you live, so shop for plants at a local coastal nursery, where you can get growing tips specific to your climate. In any region, shore up your garden by planting hedges to block ocean breezes, and amend sandy soil with organic compost.
Raised beds (left), filled with lady's-mantle, Russian sage, chives, and anise hyssop, help control soil quality.
A full-sun East Coast native, it takes wind and salt, reaching 2 to 3 feet. Zones 5--10
Native species are suited to most U.S. coastal zones. Their silver leaves ward off salt spray. Zones 3--10
Ideal for hanging baskets on seaside patios, the mostly South American natives bloom in shade.
Fragrant, long-flowering natives can be 8-foot hedges, best on East and Northwest coasts. Zones 2--8