Garden Variety

Hardy sea grasses grow alongside delicate blossoms in this bayside garden.

Petal Palette

Saxon Holt

Petal Palette

Cineraria: Perfect for cool, shady gardens, this annual comes in a variety of colors―from pinks and blues to white and purples―often with contrasting centers.

All Grown Up

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All Grown Up

New Zealand Flax: Capable of reaching 10 feet in height, these plants stay a manageable size when kept in containers. In areas with cooler winters, they might need to be moved to protected locations for the season.

Sea Hardy

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Sea Hardy

Foxglove: Because they're resistant to wind and salt air, these spires of bell-shape flowers work well in coastal areas.

Lovely Lilies

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Lovely Lilies

Calla lilies: These classic beauties bloom in winter and early spring in Kay and Jack Keohane's California garden. "I like callas because they're easy yet elegant," Kay says.

Coming up Roses

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Coming up Roses

Iceberg Rose: With a heady fragrance, few thorns, and an abundance of blossoms that grow in a bouquet-like cluster, this pure-white flower is an ideal choice for any garden.

Cover Up

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Cover Up

Strawberry geranium: This flowering plant expands from runners to act as groundcover in areas that don't get a hard freeze. "Their airy flowers lend lightness and contrast to the perennial beds," Kay says.

Take Your Pick

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Take Your Pick

Daylilies: Dividing clumps regularly will keep these flowering plants (which happily grow in less sun than their name indicates) healthy and prolific. Available in vibrant yellows and oranges and soft whites and melons, there's a daylily for every garden scheme.

Bountiful Blooms

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Bountiful Blooms

Lily-of-the-Nile: This glamorous plant's stems can reach 4 to 5 feet tall and produce as many as 100 small blue flowers. Once established, it requires little regular watering and can withstand some flooding if the soil allows for quick drainage.

On the Border

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On the Border

Native grasses line the patio near the boat dock for a natural, wild seaside look. "It's my favorite part of the garden," Jack says.

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