How to bring the beach to your back garden

Everybody has great memories of trips to the beach, whether it’s on home shores or a sunny beach abroad.

Unfortunately, as much as we would like to, we can’t spend all our time on a beach. So we’ve come up with a few ways you can turn your back garden into a small slice of coastal paradise.

Make a back garden beach hut

Give your old shed a facelift and transform it into your very own peaceful beach hut.

  1. Choose your colours – will you go stripy, have a statement door and white surrounds or go for a vivid multi-coloured look? We’ve got over 200 colours to choose from to help you create whatever style you like.
  2. Give your shed a clean and sand down to make sure you’ve got a smooth surface for painting.
  3. Divide your zones with decorators tape to prevent unwanted paint splattering the surrounds and create clean lines for your chosen pattern.
  4. Accessorise with a deck chair, side tables and maybe a beach ball or two!

 

Bring the beach to you

No beach is complete without a spot or two of driftwood! Unfortunately scavenging directly on the beaches, while not being illegal, isn’t always good for the beach environment. But you can easily buy replica driftwood online or pop down to your local garden centre for a ready-to-go version.

If you’re lucky enough to have an old rowboat, you could recycle this and turn it into a planter.

  1. Drill four holes along the bottom of the hull (or whichever side will be the bottom of the boat).
  2. Fill the bottom of the boat with eight inches of gravel and cover with topsoil. Leave roughly eight inches between your soil and the boat’s gunwale (edge in civilian-speak).
  3. Add four more inches of compost and work it all together. There still needs to be a gap between the soil and gunwale otherwise it could wash away.
  4. Choose your most colourful flowers and start planting.

 

Plant some coastal foliage

There’s loads of plants that you can find around the coast for inspiration that will work for your garden too. You can easily find these from stockists online and if you’re lucky, your local garden centre may stock them too.

Sea kale resembles normal kale and is edible too! It’s a small plant that can add depth to your garden and flourishes in spring.

Sea breeze resembles daisies with purple petals and is self-seeding too. It will fill the small gaps in your garden and attracts wildlife like butterflies too.

Sea lavender is incredibly durable and is equally at home in dry conditions as it is in damper climes. It’s a wiry explosion of delicate purple flowers and requires very little maintenance.

No beachy garden is complete without grasses either! There’s plenty of grasses that can grow all year round like festuca glauca (or ‘Elijah blue’) which thrives in contained areas like a rockery or flowerbed. Grasses will really help you enjoy the sea breeze too!

 

Get rid of the lawn

Most coastal gardens have one thing in common: there’s no lawn. Replace your green grass with pebbles, rockery or go the whole hog and add a sandy area which is great for kids.

You could even add a water feature to bring a touch of the ocean to your garden too.