Coastal-Style Gardens and Landscapes

Make your beach vacation last all year: Try these ideas for turning your garden into a "seaside" paradise.

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Learn to Garden © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Family Garden © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Do try this at home, even if you don't live near the sea: Tall, spiky succulents mingle with low-growing plants, such as sea thrift (Armeria maritima) and dark drifts of hen-and-chicks (Sempervivum). Crunchy gravel and wood posts that echo beach groins complete the natural effect.

To mimic the seaside environment, create the illusion of shallow soils and drought conditions, as with a gravel border.

Pair these beauties for a perfect marriage of plants in a coastal-style container garden: supple ornamental grasses that move with the faintest breeze and colorful, sun-loving annuals.

Instead of rock off-croppings around your water feature, create your own beach.

For the most beautiful and least time-consuming garden, coastal gardeners choose a variety of vigorous perennials that can handle sun, heat, wind and salt.

Hawthornes like 'Paul's Scarlet' are tough trees that can stand up to the sometimes harsh conditions of coastal areas, so you can add to the beachy vibe of your garden with just this plant selection. Hardy to USDA 4

Heat-loving, enduring perennials like crocosmia provide effortless color for the summer garden.

Colorful deck chairs add to the coastal feeling and provide a casual but comfy place to relax.

Paint your garden shed in bright colors to mimic beach huts.

Sculpture with a coastal theme carries your beachy garden design through the seasons.

Boating, fishing and other nautical elements add delight and interest to a planting bed.

Carry the beach theme to the garden swing: Use recycled, hard-wearing rope and driftwood for the seat, and cover the ground beneath with bark chips.

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