Gardening by the seaside has unique challenges and benefits. Often the climate is milder, less prone to frost and snow, but equally coastal gardens suffer from sea spray heavy with salt. Some of these gardens can be second homes, and so the garden must fend for itself for periods.
If a seaside garden is very exposed, it may be necessary to create a windbreak to create shelter before planting anything. A hedge is better than a wall or a fence, which can create wind eddies and be blown down. A mixed hedge can be formed from many of the shrubs listed below. If garden pots are unattended for periods, a good tip is to add water gel crystals to the soil, which will help to retain water; good also is a mulch, stones and shells look attractive.
Gardens near the sea need tough plants - These are just a few suggestions depending on your personal preferences; all are suitable for seaside gardens. There are many more plant and shrub suggestions at : Shrubs for seaside gardens and plants for seaside gardens.