My Coastal Garden

These are gardens I began from scratch about five years ago. After putting in a perennial garden around our patio, I began tackling the hill behind the house. It's still a work in progress (what garden isn't!) mostly because I'm waiting for many of my favorite plants to get big enough to divide. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Back Yard Flower Close-ups Garden General Garden Lawn Medium (1,000 - 5,000 sq ft.) Patio

1 of 22: Welcome to my coastal home - - -

2 of 22: I love oriental lilies -- and so do the lily beetles that I battle against all season.

3 of 22: This is a view from the corner of the patio to the hill where I'm starting a new garden.

4 of 22: My favorite single peony -- it's called 'Honor.'

5 of 22: A lacecap hydrangea called 'Blue Wave' -- another garden favorite.

6 of 22: That tall plant is zebra grass. It gets to be about six feet by mid-summer.

7 of 22: I love the name of this daylily -- it's called 'Summer Wine.'

8 of 22: Another wonderful name for a plant -- 'Raspberry Sundae' peony.

9 of 22: This 'President Lincoln' lilac grows right under my kitchen window and its aroma fills the entire room.

10 of 22: Old-fashioned bleeding heart -- I remember these in my grandma's garden.

11 of 22: These bright blue blossoms are veronica 'Crater Lake Blue.'

12 of 22: These are old-fashioned roses that smell heavenly -- just like roses should!

13 of 22: A hardy little shrub rose called 'Cape Cod.'

14 of 22: This is my patio garden about three years ago -- before I even started working on the hill.

15 of 22: Here's another view from the patio garden to the hill behind our house.

16 of 22: These shasta daisies are great in our windy conditions. They're called 'Becky.'

17 of 22: 'Happy Returns' daylilies -- they seem to bloom all season long!

18 of 22: The hummingbirds just love this 'Serotina' honeysuckle!

19 of 22: This is sea holly -- perfect for a coastal garden.

20 of 22: These lupine pop up in unexpected places each year, but they're always welcome.

21 of 22: 'Eva Cullum' phlox -- just one of several types in my garden.

22 of 22: The patio garden in late July.

Comments / Questions

WOW! What a BEAUTIFUL yard you've created! Alot of time & effort has been spent on it for sure! You've done an awesome job! I'm a newbie...thanks for the insporation! :)

Kelly Leath 3 years ago

Your gardens are my inspiration!! Just beautiful!

Patty Roberts 5 years ago

Oh, to be able to have the wonderful selection of flowers you have!! We can't grow them here in the high desert. I have enjoyed looking at them. Thanks so much for sharing. Patty

Kimberjoie 6 years ago

Beautiful flowers!

Coastal Gardener 6 years ago

Elsabeth, the blue flower in picture 3 is "Blue Hill" salvia, and the one in picture 12 is a campanula. Both of the flowers in pictures 15 and 26 are coreopsis. The one in 15 is called "Zagreb" and the paler yellow one in 26 is "Moonbeam."

Elisabeth 6 years ago

Hallo, you have a nice garden.nCan you please tell me the name ofnblue flower in picture 3 and 12nYellow flower in picture 15nyellow flower in picture 26 right and left of the tall grassnThank youn

Lark 6 years ago

Hi Ellie, Thank you for walking through my gardens. It is so nice to have people that are interested in the same things you are. The dark daylilly is American Revolution, it is a favorite of mine. I never was interested in daylillies, but my Mom got me hooked. I don't like collecting any one plant, that can get you to going crazy and not having something blooming ALL THE TIME. My main objective was to have constant bloom in EVERY garden from April to October. Thank you for putting the names by a

Lark 6 years ago

Ellie, did you know that you can cut Ladies Mantle down to a couple of inches and that it will come back quickly and form a nice new clump. I heard this on one of the gardening shows. Sometimes the clumps start looking ratty and dry, so I tried it and in about 10 days it was forming nice new foliage.

Karen W 6 years ago

Thank You Ellie for the nice comments on my yard. I have a lot of work to do on my gardens. I can't wait till spring so I can get started. Besides that I've had it with winter. LOL I love the way your beds are coming along.

Karen W 6 years ago

Your work in progress looks beautiful. I love what your doing with the hill. thanks for sharing

Bill 6 years ago

Ellie, I found your site. Thanks for the tips. I like the peony. I had them in a yard when I was a kid. I did start a little curve away from patio, but as I see your photos I understand what you mean. I can't wait for this cold weather to leave Myrtle Beach, so I can start work on the garden.

Lark 6 years ago

Hi Ellie, I would probably terrace the hill with some natural looking stone. Your other gardens look very mature so this Spring I would do some major dividing. Maybe go on Craigs List in your area and see if there are some people that would swap plants with you. Your gardens are beautiful! Lucky you being in zone 6. Keep in touch and good luck with keeping that mulch in place. LOL

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