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Coan Waterfront Landscape, Camano Island, WA beach style landscape
 

Coan Waterfront Landscape, Camano Island, WA

From the street, a round rock pathway leads to a small seating area next to the water with a small fire pit. Low maintenance, drought resistant and salt tolerant plantings were used in mass and clumps. This garden has become the focus of the neighborhood with many visitors stopping and enjoying what has become a neighborhood landmark. Photo by R. Scott Lankford
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deestewart1 wrote:
This is fantastic! How is this constructed? - Is the gravel path laid on hardcore and the planting through a membrane? Does the gravel shift much given the slope and coastal location?
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deestewart1
Thanks very much for your kind reply - I'm a garden designer looking to create something similar in NW England. So, by 'plantings', you mean the larger grasses and shrubs and both these and the ground cover plants were planted into soil, mulched and they then sprawl over the gravel? Looks lovely!
February 6, 2014 at 1:09am     
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That's correct. The ground covers were planted in fertile mulch. The rest 1 g. and 5 g. shrubs grass's and plants were pit planted. The path was made as infertile as possible but the ground covers spread out and over the edges. Most of the plantings will work in NW England. We have a similar climate here but with a marine influence.
February 10, 2014 at 10:24am     
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kittyaudubon wrote:
A clump of tall reddish-brown spires - On the right side of the path, there is a clump of tall reddish-brown spires. They are in front of the ceonothus, and in between the two grasses. I looked at many salvias, but none resembled the spires in the picture. Are they Heucheras? Continue to be in awe of this exquisite design. Thanks :)
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Hi there, I believe the red spires are Salvia nemerosa 'Pink Friesland'. Thanks for asking.
January 2, 2014 at 1:44pm     
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kittyaudubon wrote:
Why does the Thymus serphyllum Red Mother of Thyme look purple? - Was it planted from flats or seed? Also what are the tall dark red flowers on the right in front of what I think is ceonothus? It's all so beautiful!
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Sorry for the miss information, I believe the plant you are asking about is Salvia.
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Thank you. Do you know which variety? Are they annuals? Perennials appear more more shrubby. Thank you for your beautiful work.
September 3, 2013 at 6:03pm   
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robyndavis wrote:
Beautiful! We live on the North Shore of Long Island, NY- also coastal but different zone. - Would these plants grow in our location?
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danisvan
I live on the North Shore of LI as well and have a ton of different types of Thymus, they are all doing great here, they are drought resistant and have a nice smell to them. I bought them at Martin Viette Nurseries, they carry them every spring in different types and colors.
September 27, 2013 at 11:39am     
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wavellan
Stunning! I love the way this looks. This is by far one of the most beautiful gardens I have seen.
February 26, 2014 at 7:35pm   
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cbrent11 wrote:
What is the reddish plant next to the Iris on the right? Is it 'Broom Plant'? - From islandgirl Reston Virginia
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Hi There,
The reddish ground cover is Thymus serphyllum, red mother of thyme. It is a ground cover, evergreen, drought resistant and blooms May through July. Low maintenance, it is also deer resistant.
May 24, 2013 at 12:28pm   
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leehutson wrote:
What is the ornamental grass? Will it grow in Columbia, SC? - What is the ornamental grass? Will it grow in Columbia, SC?
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The grass shown should have no problems with growing in South Carolina.
May 1, 2013 at 1:22pm   
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Pedro Faia
Hi there! What is the name of the purple ground cover, by the way?
March 30, 2014 at 3:27pm   
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insideout13 wrote:
Does this grow in East Texas and what months of the year does it flower?
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I am in NC 80-90 degrees right now and I don't know what zone this is :(
August 8, 2013 at 7:57pm   
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Hi There, sorry for the late response, but I just returned from a week out of the office. Thyme can be planted almost any season. It is rated for all zones so this shouldn't be a problem for you. It does need water in the hottest areas, and especially if you are establishing it now. Be sure to give it a good soaking once a week. Thymus serphyllum is usually planted in 4" pots at about 18" on center. Good luck.
August 12, 2013 at 9:44am     
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laupall wrote:
Need for my back yard ,I am going to have a circle with shell rock and a fire pit in the middle ..around it th - Do the purple flowers spread .And if so is it fast growing. Thank you ,it is so beautiful!
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cainshmain
2-3 months is excellent. i am in Ontario Canada, zone 5 (i think Cdn. zones are different than U.S. ones though. 2-3 in Ontario is perfect, maybe i will try planting it and see if that's what I get. I am concerned otherwise that it looks messy or stringy afterwards. do you know? once blooms finish, is it then just greenery, or ?
thanks!
November 16, 2012 at 5:54pm   
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marymoo24
I'm in Ottawa, ON, and have lots of Mother of Thyme. After it's finished blooming, it stays green and looks great. :o)
August 24, 2013 at 9:45am   
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Deborah Loizides wrote:
Where is this location"
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Pacific Nw Coast
September 9, 2012 at 11:14am     
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This is on Camano Island Washington. Looking north over Saratoga passage.
September 11, 2012 at 1:10pm     
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carkyb wrote:
Deep color of thyme - Is there a specific variety of creeping thyme that will produce the deep purple/lavender shown in the stone walkway to beach? If so, so you know where I could find the seed? What I have found so far is much paler. Thank you, Carolyn
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Yes, Thymus will grow in almost all regions.
August 13, 2012 at 11:21am   
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Thanks
August 13, 2012 at 4:06pm   
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Marcela Skinner wrote:
Beautiful! - I live in Virginia Beach, would those plants grow in my area? Also, what type of tree would work well with this type of landscaping?
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Here is a list of nurseries that sell ornamental grasses in the Virginia Beach area. Take the photo you like with you and talk to them about what similar grasses you can plant (or Lowes etc). The nursery can help you identify the purple low growing ground cover,, too: it may be Purple Verbena (read about it here and also scroll to the comment from Hampton VA http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/251/#b ) Nursery can help you with a tree, too, but this multi trunk olive tree might be nice (Olea europae "Majestic Beauty" ) or a similar multi-trunk tree. http://www.lgyp.com/Ornamental-Grasses-in-Virginia.htm

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The Thymus serphyllum should grow in your region. It takes very little water and tolerates light foot traffic. A slow growing works well in a seashore planting such as this. I suggest pinus contorta.
July 20, 2012 at 2:56pm   
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Millcraft wrote:
Is that Phlox?
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How spectacular. Would this plant grow in south east Queensland Australia where the winters are mild and arid and the summers wet and humid?
May 26, 2013 at 9:24am   
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Thymus serphyllum should survive there. It does well in drought, so the wet summers may give it some trouble. I think if you plant it in a sunny, sandy loam it would survive. Try a small one to see the success and habit of the plant and let me know if it works.
May 29, 2013 at 10:40am     
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jenn_ramage wrote:
Are the Blue Irises drought -resistant too? - Hi, This is just gorgeous. I thought it might be worth noting that all of the plants you have listed except the blanket flowers and the stonecrop are listed as deer resistant...are these two deer resistant as well? Also, is the iris drought tolerant once established? We are considering this planting plan for our lakehouse and trying to decide whether to add a sprinkler system. This is so beautiful!
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Hi Scott, Which variety of ceanothus would you recommend for this type of coastal planting?
August 2, 2012 at 1:43pm   
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I use variety Concha also victoria works.
August 6, 2012 at 4:03pm   
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belle2105 wrote:
What are the purple flowers and the tall plants in teh middle of them? - What are the purple flowers and the tall plants in the middle of them? Thank you.
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The purple flowers are Thymus serphyllum, red mother of thyme. The plant in the center is blue oat grass, Heliotrichon sempervirens. The taller grass behind these are Miscanthus gracillimus, Maiden grass and also siberian iris, iris siberica. Hope this helps.

Scott,
April 27, 2012 at 4:08pm     
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Jean Marsh Design wrote:
NICE!! - More comment than question, just want to say beautiful work.
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Thank you for your comment. It is most appreciated. This is also a low maintenance, drought and deer proof garden.
April 6, 2012 at 12:18pm   
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meangrandma wrote:
Plants - We live in Gig Harbor, WA, would these plants grow here? If so, what are these? Thanks
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Hi There. The Thymus serphyllum is one of the perfect plants. It is evergreen, year around, green in summer, turning bronzy in fall. It can be easly mowed at 3". If you mow it after the bloom, it tidies it up spent flowers and encourages growth. It doesn't like too much water, it doesn't like fertilizer and can burn. It also can take light traffic, and like most thymes it is fragrant and you can use it for cooking.

There are many native plants ideal for your area. One of the most forgiving is the Oregon grape, Mahonia aquifolium. There are many varieties but the native one is tough, evergreen, sun or shade, salt tollerant and blooms with bright yellow flowers, followed by edible berries that are blue, (they are sour and have a big seed). The birds often get a little looped on the fermented berries in the fall.

This is a medium shrub. There are many more natives that work in your yard, from low ground covers to trees, sun or shade. If you give me a setting or range of sizes I can help more, or you can contact me at, www.Scott@Lankfordarchitecture.com

Scott,
March 27, 2012 at 10:51am   
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Hello Scott,
Again, love much about this design photo. My question is.....can I use many of your selected plantings in Southern IN. We've purchased a 2.5 acre lot that offers a slight gradual slope from the NE corner to the SW corner. The lot is surrounded by woods. Plenty of deer, wildlife. We plan to place the house approximately mid-way to give us a reasonable amount of space in back for family entertainment and outdoor privacy, similarly in front without too much front yard to mow! My husband and I are retired so I thought "terracing" would minimize the areas that need mowing. My main question is can I use the plants you've described in my location. We have plenty of lakes and one within 2 miles of the house....however, not on the water. It's Lake Monroe - which is a reservoir - not salt water. .........
I like your work.......too bad you're so far away.
July 7, 2012 at 10:24am     
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Genevieve Schmidt added this to Breeze Into Coastal Landscapes
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.
3. Create a beautiful approach. I love the partially hidden aspect of this beachy seating area. Lots of gardens have two strategically placed Adirondack chairs, but rarely has this familiar pairing been so alluring. An opening in the tall grasses offers a glimpse of the seating area — a safe promontory at the edge of the sea.Sense of place is amplified by the crunchy pebbled pathway, the soft mounds of grasses and ground covers that encroach on either side, and the pleasing knowledge that one will soon gaze upon the water at the end of this journey.
Marianne Lipanovich added this to Lay of the Landscape: Coastal Garden Style
The loose, sandy soil of the seaside allows for great drainage, but it also means that nutrients are quickly lost. In nature, this can mean plants that are widely spaced rather than densely packed. But a spare look doesn't have to mean monotone, especially when you're in charge of the space. In this garden, purple ice plants lining the path to the sea's edge lead your eye to the sitting area and invite you to explore. The entire space resembles the natural bluffs beyond, with just a bit more planning and control than nature usually provides.
Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates added this to Hardscaping Shows Its Soft Side
This gravel path leads to the desired destination, at low cost and with nominal environmental impact. Can’t you hear the crunch of the gravel underfoot and feel the warmth it gives off? And wouldn’t a heavily built path look out of place in this setting? Select locally sourced gravel to lighten your footprint even more, with the added benefit of giving the composition a sense of place.
Genevieve Schmidt added this to 8 Ornamental Grasses for Coastal Gardens
This landscape features two favorite coast-loving grasses. The smaller grass in the foreground is blue oat grass, Helictotrichon sempervirens, which is an evergreen sun-loving grass that demands good drainage but is otherwise unfussy. The only maintenance blue oat grass needs is to have its foliage combed every few months to remove the beige leaves. To comb, put on rubber gloves and run your fingers through the grass. The old leaves will stick to the rubber and come out easily.The second type of grass in this shot is maiden grass, Miscanthus sinensis or "Gracillimus". This grass reaches about 5 feet tall and wide, and so makes a bolder statement in the landscape. The purple flower plumes in fall are a wonderful accent when seen against a coastal sunset. Unfortunately, maiden grass isn't evergreen and must be cut back to 6 inches tall in late winter or early spring.More:5 Hot Cool-Season Grasses5 Smokin' Warm-Season Grasses
Red Mother of Thyme (Thymus serphyllum) grows well in a variety of climates, including the often harsh environment found along the coastline. For the best show, give these plants lots of sun, just a little water and a place to show off!
Here is another variation: a lake of purple with a single bridge across it, made by planting waves of purple on either side of the path. Again, notice the grasses dotted throughout, giving structure to the planting. Without these accents, a mass planting simply looks like a formal mass of plants as opposed to a more natural and flowing form.
LuAnn Brandsen added this to Pathway Plantings That Please the Senses
Creeping mother of thyme is a favorite low spreader and can even withstand foot traffic. Other plants that gracefully sprawl include lamb's ears, dianthus and cranesbill geranium.
Secret Gardens of Sydney added this to How to Design a Coast-Loving Garden That Lasts
Plants can be aranged to give a dry-creekbed appearance, highlighting arid coastal conditions.
Annie Thornton added this to Great Design Plant: Blue Oat Grass
How to use it. This particular grass is a delight when massed, used in a container or used as an accent plant. The soft, fine evergreen foliage also creates a soft and soothing foundation for companion flowers.
9. Secret pathway with a stunning view. A simple stone pathway leads to a perfect waterfront view. Fragrant thyme and beautiful Siberian irises complete this dreamy outdoor space.
Donald Pell - Gardens added this to Wild Gardens Bring Excitement and Beauty to Landscapes
Masses of blue oat grass and thyme here are simple enough to not distract from the grand landscape beyond. This beautiful composition is simple and affordable. The experience of moving through tall grasses and watching their movement in the wind is among my favorites in the garden. Their height and density act as a living wall that is a perfect solution for defining and privatizing a space.

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nogreenthumbs added this to Front Yard
April 3, 2014
ground cover
amycoletti added this to amycoletti's Ideas
April 3, 2014
Grass for pond/beach
David Chang added this to landscape plants
April 3, 2014
red mother of thyme
lrbatt added this to Living Room Ideas
April 3, 2014
everything
nancyburnes added this to Gardening/Landscaping Ideas
April 3, 2014
Red Mother of Thyme - Thymus Serphylum
Walter Rygiol added this to Things I Love...
April 3, 2014
Very cool landscaping
lizzydee56 added this to lizzydee56's ideas
April 3, 2014
chairs
sjih added this to HenrichLandscapeConceptSoilPlacement
April 3, 2014
sedum spectiblis, galliardia, Siberian iris, miscanthus gracillis, lavender hidcote, and iberis sempervirens
tnetland added this to Outdoor landscapes
April 3, 2014
purple
sharilowe added this to sharilowe's ideas
April 3, 2014
garden ideas
wilhouse added this to back corner and edges
April 2, 2014
love the use of the purple flowers, rocks and tall grasses without too much other complications
8628102 added this to 8628102's ideas
April 2, 2014
Thyme- drought and supposedly deer resistant.
caroledman added this to caroledman's ideas
April 2, 2014
Pink
caroletienne added this to Carol
April 2, 2014
Ocean side garden
monicaschaefferc added this to jardines
April 2, 2014
Camino
laineyh added this to laineyh's Ideas
April 2, 2014
Phlox
belindaray added this to garden
April 2, 2014
Creeping mother of thyme is a favorite low spreader and can even withstand foot traffic. Other plants that gracefully sprawl include lamb's ears, dianthus and cranesbill geranium.
youkon101518 added this to Outdoor
April 2, 2014
Just wow !
Wooden Window added this to Outdoor
April 2, 2014
Windswept and colorful, this path way is inviting and easy to maintain
npritha added this to npritha's ideas
April 2, 2014
dry creek
scottlarue added this to Landscape Ideas
April 2, 2014
Path to beach
judyblue9 added this to judyblue9's Ideas
April 2, 2014
Pretty
elakarnas added this to Living Room Ideas
April 2, 2014
painting
raleighm added this to raleighm's ideas
April 1, 2014
Landscape
K Lee added this to Garden Wants
April 1, 2014
Pink Creeping Thyme
kkeeton4 added this to kkeeton4's Ideas
April 1, 2014
Love
jmiura2 added this to jmiura2's Ideas
April 1, 2014
Washington
marg2525 added this to marg2525's Ideas
April 1, 2014
Very serene & calming
miggity20 added this to stacys modern home ideas
April 1, 2014
Texture color for landscaping
belindaray added this to outside
April 1, 2014
3. Create a beautiful approach. I love the partially hidden aspect of this beachy seating area. Lots of gardens have two strategically placed Adirondack chairs, but rarely has this familiar pairing been so alluring. An opening in the tall grasses offers a glimpse of the seating area — a safe promontory at the edge of the sea. Sense of place is amplified by the crunchy pebbled pathway, the soft mounds of grasses and ground covers that encroach on either side, and the pleasing knowledge that one will soon gaze upon the water at the end of this journey.
Passionate Home added this to Outdoor living
April 1, 2014
everything
pr619 added this to pr619's Ideas
April 1, 2014
Flowers
siesta7 added this to Landscape Ideas
April 1, 2014
ground cover & bushes
emilychinn added this to Kitchen Ideas
April 1, 2014
colors
lmnopc added this to Garden & Outdoor Spaces
April 1, 2014
STUNNING
jgarner12 added this to Ideabook deux
April 1, 2014
Well, the fact that it's Camano Island is enough to love about it, but it's so sinuous and elegant, too.
Janie O'Brien added this to webuser_3915184's ideas
April 1, 2014
landscape
Dobre Elena added this to Landscape Ideas
April 1, 2014
.
jordanjjlyon added this to jordanjjlyon's Ideas
March 31, 2014
Grass, purple, pebbles
michellepawl added this to Landscaping - Front
March 31, 2014
mixed height grasses with groudcover and rocks
Maurice Pare added this to maurice_pare's Ideas
March 31, 2014
Fleurs mauve c'est quoi?
kdantin added this to Backyard Retreat
March 31, 2014
layering of rocks with purple flower plumes
puppium added this to backyard
March 31, 2014
low flowers
estefyybottero added this to estefyybottero's Ideas
March 31, 2014
Olon
mesihka added this to outside
March 31, 2014
Thyme
miakarma added this to lakehouse
March 30, 2014
Path
kadmarsh added this to greenspace
March 30, 2014
Maiden grass for privacy
jorasanu added this to Outdoors - fences etc
March 30, 2014
Recreate this in our front-yard. Too water intensive?
cherylshepard added this to Exterior Ideas
March 30, 2014
purple ground cover
mdstaz added this to mdstaz's Ideas
March 30, 2014
Purple plants
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