Kathy’s Guide to Gardening: Coastal Landscape

By Kathy Esfahani

We’ve highlighted some of the most popular types of landscaping I see here in Northeast Florida.

Many homeowners choose to stick with just one type of landscaping design to create the beautiful ambience they envision. Next month you will learn which plants, palms and flowers are used to create a tropical landscape, a Mediterranean landscape, a traditional landscape and a coastal landscape.


What do you think of when someone talks about coastal landscaping? Landscaping with minimal lines, very fluid, not neat and tidy. Coastal landscaping takes an organic approach to landscaping with plants ‘blowing in the breeze’. The most used colors are whites, greens, blues and pink splashes. We usually group herbs such as muhly or fountain grass together to create a breezy 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. The coastal landscaping is very relaxing and reminds you of the beach, if not already in your backyard!

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

Palms: sylvan, queens and bismarcks and ribbon palms.

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

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

Happy planting!

Flower of the week: Lily of Canna

Email Kathy at [email protected] with any gardening questions or tips you would like to see in the future.

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

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