What to Grow on the Coast
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.
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