Tough plants for Coastal gardens

October 30, 2019


Plants in coastal gardens need to be tough!


They have to withstand seasonal gale-force winds, resist the damage caused by salt-laden breezes and  grow in sandy soils.

Plants selected for gardens at holiday homes also need to be able to endure periods with little water.


Sounds like a tall order?

...Luckily there are attractive plants which fit the bill; pick the right ones and you’re sure to have success!


(Photo: Alan Rudnicki)

*Strelitzia reginae


(Photo shared from, Veronica Navallez-Guaracha)

*Salvia leucantha & Agave attenuata







*Tough, leathery grey leaves

that reflect the heat and often have a protective covering of hairs.


 *coastal silver oak (Brachylaena discolor)

(Photo shared from


 *Arctotis sp.

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 *mock olive (Buddleia saligna)

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*Leaves with hairs

slows down air movement past the stomata, which reduces water loss.


 *lamb's ear (Stachys)

(Photo shared from The herb gardener)


 *beach sage (Salvia africana-lutea)

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 *kooigoed (Helichrysum petiolare)

(Photo shared from



*Leaves with a shiny or waxy coating

that reflect the sun, reduce surface evaporation and deflect salt.


*white milkwood (Sideroxylon inerme)

(Photo shared from


 *mirror plant (Coprosma)

(Photo shared from, photo: tesselaarusa)


 *num-num (Carissa macrocarpa)

(Photo shared from Aliaa Shemari on Pinterest)


 *pig's ear / plakkie (Cotyledon orbiculata)

(Photo shared from


 *aloe / aalwyn (Aloe sp.)

(Photo shared from The Gardener magazine)


 *indian hawthorn (Raphiolepis sp.)

(Photo shared from



*Tiny needle-like leaves

whose leaves roll up to reduce evaporation.


 *buchu (Agathosma sp.)

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 *confetti bush (Coleonema sp.)

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 *rosemary (Rosmarinus sp.)

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 *Erica sp.

(Photo shared form Arnelia)




store water in thick fleshy leaves: 


 *rock rose (Echeveria sp.)

(Photo: Cape Garden)


 *Crassula sp.

(Photo shared from Plant lust)


 *vygies (eg. Lampranthus sp.)

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*Plants with lighter leaves on one side

to turn the lighter side upwards to reflect the sun away – when stressed.


 *wild olive (Olea europaea) 

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*Gazania sp.

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*Buddleja sp.

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*Plants with a strong internal skeleton

support the leaf and prevents wilting during dry spells.


*thatching reed (Elegia tectorum)

(Photo shared from


 *crane flower (Strelitzia reginae)

(Photo shared from @yublueforest on Instagram)



*Agave sp.

(Photo: Cape Garden)



Happy Coastal Gardening!







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