Information About Seaside Gardens
Best Seaside Garden Plants: Choosing Plants For A Seaside Garden
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
If you're lucky enough to live near the beach, you'll want great seaside plants to show off your garden. Choosing seaside plants is not difficult, once you learn what to look for, and this article can help.
Seaside Vegetable Garden: Tips For Growing Vegetables On Coast
By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Most plants have little tolerance to high levels of salt, especially vegetables. The sodium draws moisture out of the plant and it can burn roots. This article will help with growing veggies near the sea.
Plants For Gardening With Salt Water Soil
By Jackie Rhoades
Salty soils occur when sodium builds up in the soil. Even runoff from winter salt spray can create a microclimate in need of salt resistant gardens. This article can help with choosing salt tolerant plants.
Tamarisk is planted preferably in fall but also until spring it if doesn’t freeze in your area.
This moderately hardy shrub resists freezing and cold down to more or less 23°F (-5°C).
- Tamarisk requires sun to flower correctly.
- It likes light and well drained soil, even sandy soil is fine. It abhors moist soil.
- Avoid planting it near a house or a living space such as a terrace, because its flowers tend to fall and spread everywhere.
- Follow our guidance on planting.
Tamarisk requires abundant watering upon planting, and thick mulch that will reduce the risk of freezing for the soil and roots.
The speediest tamarisk propagation technique is to prepare tamarisk cuttings.
- Preparing tamarisk cuttings is most successful at the end of winter and in spring. You may also try preparing the cuttings in December from fibrous stems that are around 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) long.
- Collect the cuttings from green stems (that haven’t yet formed any hard wood).
- Place the cuttings in special cutting soil mix or a blend of soil mix and river sand.
- Place your cuttings in a sheltered place over the winter.
- Here is the process on how to prepare cuttings.
Once it’s well established, it will release thousands of seeds every year: a very prolific shrub!
What to plant:
There are more than 100 species, and most are native to North America. While the majority reside in sunny meadows and prairies, others prefer semi-shaded woodland locations, boggy environments, and even salty coastal areas. Because the different species are found growing in a wide range of environments with different soil conditions, consider a goldenrod’s native habitat before choosing a variety for your garden.
Where to plant:
Goldenrods grow from either clump-forming crowns or by rhizomes. Clump-forming types are better suited for manicured garden beds and borders because they won’t spread aggressively. Plant the more rambunctious rhizomatous types where you can contain their spread or in a naturalistic garden setting where they will be less intrusive.
Most crave full sun, with the exception of woodland species which grow well in partial shade.
They will thrive in just about any average garden soil with decent drainage. Some species also adapt well to heavy clay, sandy, or rocky soils. Avoid planting in overly rich soil which can lead to leggy growth.
How to plant:
Like many wildflowers, goldenrod is extremely easy to grow from seed, which can be sown directly outdoors in fall or spring or started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before your last frost date. If you plant the seeds in late fall or early winter, they will begin to germinate when the temperatures warm the following spring. No matter when you plant your seeds, be sure to sow them on the soil surface because they need sunlight to germinate.
Whether you're growing seedlings or nursery-grown plants, provide adequate space between them (anywhere from 1 to 3 feet, depending on the size at maturity) to permit good air circulation and to keep spreading types from encroaching upon neighboring plants.