These great plants stand up to coastal conditions beautifully.
Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans)
Actually from Madeira, this plant produces wonderful spikes of blue-purple flowers along the coast in poor soil and with practically no extra water. Bees love it.
Bright orange flower and big, purplish, banana-like leaves links seaside gardens with the tropics. Just don't plant it where wind will shred the leaves.
Shore pine (Pinus contorta contorta)
This Northwest coastal native makes a terrific windbreak, and takes well to shearing (like Japanese pines).
Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie'
Has grassy leaves and elegant orange flowers with a red eye. Multiplies and spreads from corms with little care beyond occasional weeding.
This 5-foot tall, 4-foot wide perennial produces its sky-blue flowers from summer through fall with little care. Spreads by rhizomes.
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