Magazine article Sunset

Dune Blooms

Magazine article Sunset

Dune Blooms

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Five tough coastal plants that give a beachy look almost anywhere BY KATHLEEN N. BRENZEL


Erigeron glaucus

NATIVE TO California and the Oregon coast.

LOOKS LIKE a clumpforming plant (to IV2 feet tall) with lavender flowers. 'Sea Breeze' has large pink blooms; 'Wayne Roderick' ('W.R.') grows 8 inches tall.

USE IT in low, wide containers, or in sunny rock gardens with fastdraining, sandy soil.


Fragaria chiloensis

NATIVE TO Pacific Coast beaches and bluffs.

LOOKS LIKE white flowers on a low mat of dark green leaves in spring. Blooms are followed by red fruits that draw birds.

USE IT in pots or as a groundcover (it spreads by runners). In hottest areas, give it some afternoon shade.


Armeria maritima

NATIVE TO coastal areas around the world. A.m. calif arnica grows wild in California, Oregon, Washington, and B.C.

LOOKS LIKE tiny pink pompoms above grassy foliage. Shear off faded blooms to keep it going.

USE IT to edge paths or borders, or in containers. …

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