Evoke a seaside theme by including a few small nautical accessories that will blend in with your planting plan. Limit the number to achieve a clean design and avoid a messy, cliched look.
Seaside Planting Sources
Recreate coastal shallow soils and drought conditions - for example, with gravel borders - to mimic plants' native environments.
Tall, spiky agaves mingle with low-growing sea thrifts and dark drifts of houseleeks. Crunchy gravel and a wooden deck complete the natural effect.
Seaside Furniture and Vacation Keepsakes
Choose outdoor furniture that picks up on a color or texture from elsewhere in the garden, and incorporate authentic items brought home from your vacation. But decorate sparsely enough to preserve spots for entertaining and relaxating.
Paint outdoor storage in bright colors that mimic beach huts, ice cream and other beachside staples. Use them to hide garden tools and and lawn care equipment.
Play Areas for Kids
An area with sand and water can continue your seaside theme and give your children a special place to play. Parents of young kids may prefer to install just a sand box, to avoide the potential danger of open water. Or, if sand's too messy, substitute small pebbles to make your \"beach\".
Invite your innner child to your coastal oasis: Make a hand-made swing! Use recycled, hardwearing rope and driftwood for the seat, and install it over bark chips.