What Types of Flowers Grow at the Beach?

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Flowers decorate a beach landscape.
Flowers decorate a beach landscape. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Steve Jurvetson)

There are many types of flowers that do well in a beach garden. They come is a wide array of colors and sizes and make for a brilliant landscape.

Characteristics

Plants that grow at the beach must be salt and wind tolerant and they must be able to withstand low-nutrient, sandy soils.

Ground Covers

The blanket flower plant produces bright red flowers with yellow rims that make excellent cut flowers. It blooms from May to September and grows to be between 18 and 24 inches tall.

Shrubs

The yaupon is an evergreen shrub with bright red berries. Its leaves are elliptical in shape and about 2 inches in length. The plant grows to a height between 6 and 15 feet.

Flower Size

An example of a plant with large blooms is the swamp mallow; its hibiscus-like flowers are 4 to 8 inches across and it blooms from June to September. Hypericum is a type of plant with small, yellow, star-shaped flowers. The plant will reach a height of 5 to 20 inches.

Exotics

Orchids, such as cymbidiums, require almost no care when grown at a southern beach. Their remarkable flowers are showy and have a very long life on the plant.

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