Potted plants add color and interest to a beach cottage landscape design project. Those of us living inland can use the same plants in pots for our beach-themed house. Place potted plants by the entry, line a walkway, or group the plants on a deck or patio to create privacy. Shrubs, ornamental grass and perennial flowers selected for a beach cottage must withstand salty air. Clemson University advises the use of salt-tolerant plants at homes as much as one-quarter mile from the shoreline. Fortunately, nature has provided an array of plants, including flowers, to offer beauty to your beach cottage landscape design.
Perennial flowers for full sun
Shrubs for full sun
Scarlet plume (Euphorbia fulgens) that grows up to 5 feet tall, and elephant bush (Portulacaria afra) or rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) that grow up to 3 feet tall are all shrubs that are highly tolerant of salt.
|Lilyturf, blooming in late summer|
Plant shrubs in a container at least twice as wide as the root ball. Place tall plants in the center of pots when the flower pot is viewable from all sides. Place tall plants in the back of flower pots against a wall or railing. Use short plants or ground cover to fill empty areas of the planter. Use moisture-retaining potting soil. Water often, sometimes daily, to keep the plants hydrated. When mixing annual flowers in with the salt-tolerant flowers, shower the flowers with the garden hose after a windy storm to rinse away salt residue.
Bring nature to your flower pots by placing colorful marbles or shiny stones on the soil surface. Place up-lights behind containers to add subtle streams of light. Uplighting with planters helps to illuminate walkways and steps.
© Barbara Raskauskas.