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When designing for the coast, using elements that reflect the theme of the ocean can help your landscape fit into the surroundings. In this garden, the flowing carpet of blue succulents echoes the calming ripples of the sea. Bonus: Succulents perform well in often-sandy coastal soils and tolerate salt winds with ease.
Pale hardscape colors just feel right among the sunshine and sand of coastal communities. Not only do lighter paving colors echo the white sands of the beach, but they don't soak up so much heat from all the sunshine, so they're more comfortable to walk on.
This curvaceous walkway brings to mind the meandering path of a small river flowing into the bay. The ornamental grasses and thyme make a natural accompaniment, as they both have a sense of flow and movement.
Of course, you needn't tone down your personal style just because you live on the coast. For many people, the seaside is associated with holidays and happy times as a child, so why not incorporate that festive spirit into your landscaping? These chairs have a sense of fun, yet their swooping shape still fits in with the curving lines of the water's edge.
The craggy boulders here double as seating and give a nod to the rocky hillside around. Creeping thyme softens the flagstone patio and makes it an inviting place to sit by the fire.
While many coastal gardens are designed to reflect the natural lines of the surrounding landscape, this is a gorgeous example of a contemporary approach. The olive trees have a cloudlike appearance that softens the architecture, and the motion of the grasses as they sway in the wind brings a lively feeling to the home.
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Above all, your coastal garden should have a comfortable place to gather and enjoy the view. This patio and firepit area is nestled into the landscape for wind protection and a harmonious look.
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