Kathy’s Gardening Guide: Coastal Landscape


We have been highlighting some of the most popular landscaping genres that I see here in Northeast Florida.

Many homeowners choose to stay within one type of landscaping design to create the beautiful ambience they are picturing. In the next month, you will learn what plants, palms and flowers are used to create a tropical landscape, Mediterranean landscape, traditional landscape and coastal landscape.


What do you think of when someone says coastal landscaping? Landscaping with minimal lines, very flowy, not neat and tidy. Coastal landscaping takes an organic approach to landscaping with plants “blowing in the breeze.” Most popular colors used are whites, greens, blues and splashes of pink. We usually cluster grasses such as muhly or fountain grass to create the windy look. Another great addition to coastal landscaping is the addition of climbing vines, such as confederate jasmine. Use a trellis or pergola to climb the vine to create your oasis. Coastal landscaping is very relaxing and reminds you of the beach, if it’s not already in your backyard!

When creating an whimsical coastal landscape, we can use a mixture of the following:

Palms: sylvesters, queen palms and bismarcks and ribbon palms.

Plants and flowers: muhly grass, fountain grass, gaillardia, gaura, dune sunflower, dwarf fakahatchee, foxtail fern, blue daze, confederate jasmine and sea oats on dunes.

With all landscapes, the key to success is knowing the sun/shade ratios in your yards, as well as what each plant requires and planting accordingly. Annuals are always welcome in any landscape to add seasonal color to your gorgeous design.

Happy planting!

Flower of the Week: Canna lily

Email Kathy at kathys.creative.gardens@gmail.com for any questions or gardening tips you would like to see in the future.

Kathy’s Creative Gardens & Nursery is located at 196 N. Roscoe Blvd. in Ponte Vedra Beach. (904) 655-7373.


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