Framing the perfect view from a beachside home requires the right coastal garden. While the Southern California beach climate is typically idyllic, it can be a demanding environment for plants due to salt and wind. A palette of mixed grasses, palms, and Mediterranean shrubs for the microclimate near the beach lends authenticity to the landscape.
As some oceanfront homes have smaller lots, the strategic fusion of indoor and outdoor areas is a primary consideration. Creating privacy with planting for those residences adjacent to the busy ocean walk is a particular challenge. Multifunctional outdoor spaces are developed with a sequence of walkways that guide beach guests to amenities like outdoor showers, surf storage and lounge areas. Consideration for nighttime outside entertaining usually includes windbreaks and is often arranged around an outdoor fireplace.