Seaside garden: plant range from north to south

From Normandy to the Mediterranean, via the Atlantic, France offers beautiful coastal regions. Their gardens benefit from a mild climate which leaves many possibilities in terms of botany.

Discover our selection of plants for your seaside garden!

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Plants in Brittany

Breton gardens are known for their hydrangeas. If there are so many in this region, it is because they sport a beautiful blue hue, indicative of acidic soil. They are easily combined with many heather earth plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons and other magnolias. Echoing the blue of the ocean, we plant agapanthus with pretty spherical inflorescences! Brittany also hosts an exotic flora thanks to its mild climate. It is not uncommon to see palm or banana trees thriving in these western gardens.

Plants in the Mediterranean

Mediterranean gardens have their own unique plant palette. The gray and aromatic leaves blend with colorful flowers. As for the trees, we find the famous olive trees but also holm oaks and bougainvilleas. Among perennials, we can count lavender, rosemary, sage, thyme, mugwort and helichrysum. Within the hedges, the oleanders deploy their colorful flowers.

Plants in Normandy

Close to England, the Norman gardens benefit from a British influence. Thus, shrubs, climbers, perennials, grasses and annuals form beautiful mixed borders. Within these varied massifs, we find foxgloves, gauras, pennisetums, viburnums, phloxes, daylilies, clematis ... The pergolas are then lined with climbing roses and large trees such as willow or beech provide their beneficial shade. We do not forget the apple and pear trees, in order to make cider or perry!

Plants in the Southwest

From Vendée to the Basque Country, the ocean provides a mild climate but marked by strong winds. The gardens then benefit from various plants which withstand the drought caused by sandy soil. Tropical influence and local flowers combine for a colorful exterior. The birds of paradise and the cannas blow an exotic wind. They are raised by hollyhocks, centauries and chaste trees. The Landes are characterized by heather earth vegetation and conifers while further south, tree ferns are easily accommodated.

Which shrub to plant in the sand?

In order to create a hedge in your seaside garden, you should choose shrubs that tolerate sandy soil and spray. Sandy soil has the particularity of being very draining, water infiltrates quickly which makes it dry. The same is true with nutrients that do not stay attached to the soil surface. It is therefore important that your shrub is not demanding in terms of humidity and richness of the substrate. Here is a selection of shrubs for your seaside hedge:

  • Atriplex
  • Arbutus
  • Eleagnus
  • Euonymus
  • Griselina
  • Pittosporum
  • Teucrium
  • Black elderberry

Grasses: stars of the coast

Grasses are ideal in coastal gardens because their supple silhouette waves in the wind without being affected by the latter. Aesthetically, their golden stems seem to blend into the surrounding sand and easily make up any type of bed. This family of plants has the advantage of requiring almost no maintenance, which is useful if it is a garden of a second home. The stipas are 50cm high and form small green tufts that turn golden in summer. They are accompanied by miscanthus with purple to beige feathery ears and deschampsias with a vaporous silhouette. For a touch of color, put on Muhlenbergia capillaris and its charming pink cloud of rare lightness.

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