Coastal Plants to Grow in Suffolk County (Part 1)

If you live by the sea and want to decorate your garden with plants, then you should take a few precautions: coastal and seaside plants must have tough foliage to withstand sea spray, be tolerant of soil pH and adapted to sandy soil.

You will easily find plants that are resistant to strong winds, windbreaks or beds for the most fragile plants.

Here are 9 of them, easy to maintain and that will brighten up your property! This post will later be followed by part 2, with 6 other varieties of coastal plants to grow in Suffolk County.

Suitable Coastal Plants

1. Lavender

This plant can grow everywhere in Suffolk County. Indeed, lavender is easy to maintain and consumes little water and is more or less resistant to climatic conditions.

It grows in sandy or stony, well-drained and dry soils. It will find its place in the gardens by the sea.

Coastal plants add to the aesthetics of the marine environment and it also attracts many insects thanks to its herbaceous flowers. If you are looking to grow coastal vegetation, Tide Water Dock Building has got you covered with its 40 years of experience.

Good to know: lavender is a medicinal and aromatic plant.

2. The Gaura

It is an elegant plant, often used in massifs to give volume and height since it is sometimes considered as a sub-shrub. Easy to maintain and rustic, it is becoming more and more popular in gardens by the sea.

The gaura is quite resistant to sea spray and is therefore well adapted to coastlines. It appreciates stony and therefore well-drained soils.

3. The Heather

Heather is an elegant sub-shrub. It is a very good ground cover in some areas, forming a colourful mat. It flowers for a good part of the year.

This hardy and easy-care plant appreciates sandy, stony and, of course, heather soils.

Note: It will need soil with an acid pH to develop quickly.

Good to know: Heather thrives in the wild and has edible flowers.

Coastal Greens

4. The Aloe

Aloe is a fat plant with a rosette-shaped foliage. It is well known to the general public for its medicinal, cosmetic and nutritional uses.

This plant can be planted in your garden if you live in Suffolk County. Aloe loves full sunshine and appreciates sandy or even stony soil. A drained and dry ground perfectly suits it.

5. The Crassula

This fat plant is a perennial with evergreen foliage. It is an interesting plant because its shape, size, hardiness and flowering vary according to its varieties. Like most succulent plants, it is easy to maintain and requires little water.

The crassula is often seen in the rockeries along the coasts.

6. The Euphorbia

Euphorbia has 2,300 species and its rapid growth is an asset to decorating your garden! This makes the plant very original because it can be found in any shape, foliage and size. It is rustic but does not appreciate the humidity in winter and its flowering also varies from one species to another.

Good to know: euphorbia adapts to everything and grows everywhere, it is a plant with few requirements.

Coastal Grasses

7. The Salicornia / Samphire

The salicornia is the seaside plant par excellence. It only grows in salty and sandy soil. Perennial samphire can be used to retain sand from the dunes.

Good to know: the annual samphire is also used as a vegetable, unlike its perennial cousin, which has a bitter taste.

8. Fescue Plant

Fescue is a grass and a perennial. All its charm comes from its foliage which can be blue, silver or green.

It has many advantages.

It is easy to maintain and requires little water.

Very resistant to cold, heat and drought, it can withstand exposure to the sun or light shade.

It appreciates all soils and can be used in containers or in the ground.

This plant can easily be found in all types of gardens, including those by the sea.

9. The Oyat of the Dunes

This grass, as its common name suggests, grows in the sand dunes. It is often seen by the sea. This perennial is drought-resistant.

This grass helps to fix the dunes thanks to its root system. Its vegetation and roots preserve the shoreline, slow erosion and retain sand.

It will find its place in your garden very well!

When planting in the coastal region of Suffolk County, you should ensure your plants are not affected by the coastal winds and high salt levels. If you have spent a huge amount to install a beautiful dock on your property, you definitely don’t want it to look dull around. Tide Water Dock Building is reputed to provide coastal planting in Suffolk County, as well as high-quality marine construction services such as Bulkheads, Floating Docks and Seawall Construction.

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