Many of us drool over the prospects of having a home at the seashore. Living near the beach may be glamorous, but it's not without its unique challenges -- especially if you care about gardening and landscaping. Some plants simply don't perform well in salty soils and salt-laden breezes. So it behooves plant-lovers in seaside communities to seek out "beach plants" -- plants that are truly "worth their salt" for seaside landscaping.
Rosa rugosa is one beach plant I use as an example in this article on landscaping by the seaside. But by all means supplement your reading on beach plants by observing what other folks in seaside communities are having success growing. Don't forget to draw inspiration from wild beach plants, too. At one of my favorite beaches on the New England (U.S.) coast, the following are just some of the wild beach plants that flourish:
Don't forget to include beach-themed hardscaping in your seashore landscaping, too.
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