How to help a garden thrive by the beach

The Mornington Peninsula is a beautiful region to live in. Locals love living by the coastline and the lifestyle that comes with it. But living by the coast can bring along challenges when it comes to gardening. Not every plant and tree species can thrive with the weather conditions that come with being so close to the coastline.

Look at the plants native to the Mornington Peninsula. You’ll find species that thrive near the coast, creeks, hills and plains. Recent numbers from the local council show that around 30 per cent of the native vegetation remains in the area. Around 60% of this native vegetation is still present on private properties around the Peninsula. So think twice before you try removing any plants from your yard. It could be a native and rare plant species.

There are various weather conditions from the coast that can make growing plants challenging. Your stunning ocean views can bring with it sandy soils, salt spray, and strong winds. To guide you on your gardening journey we’re sharing with you our top Mornington Peninsula Gardening Tips. Here we’ll explore the perfect plant varieties that will thrive in your beachside garden.

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Native plant selection

Whenever possible, it’s always best to choose native plants for your garden. These plant species thrive in your local area because they’ve adapted and grown to withstand the toughest beach climates. You’ll find plenty of great local nurseries within the Mornington Peninsula that sell these native plant varieties.

To help you choose plants native to the Mornington Peninsula he’s our top picks:

Native Flax Lily

This native lily is a versatile tufting plant. It’s able to flourish in deep shade and full sun. Over spring it blooms with attractive blue flowers and edible blueberries in summer.


This iconic coastal tree species is well known for its unique sculptural shapes and twisting branches. These can be pruned in their early stages to form dense hedges.

White Sallee

These medium-sized trees are hard to miss with their grey-green leaves and red stems. Its pale trunk makes this species a great standout feature in any backyard.

Hop Goodenia

This small to medium size shrub grows stunning yellow flowers throughout the year. It’s a fantastic option if you’re looking to establish a fast-growing, informal hedge. This thrives in sun, shade and a wide variety of soil types.

Cut Leaf Daisy

This can be grown as a colourful low shrub or groundcover. It blooms beautiful purple flowers throughout the year. Perfect for planting in rockeries and small garden beds.

Coast Banksia

Looking to attract more native birdlife to your yard? This coastal Banksia boasts alluring yellow flowers that birds love to feast on. Its grey trunk also provides a nice contrast from the rest of the trees in your yard.

Garden features for protection

Seaside gardens are constantly exposed to high winds. These winds are so strong that they can cause some plants to bend, sway, and snap under pressure. Another issue with strong winds is the sandblast that occurs. Intense winds can shoot blasts of sand and salt directly onto your garden. This can effectively kill seedlings and damage even the most mature plants.

One of the best ways to counter these stormy conditions is to make sure you only establish plants that are native to beachside areas. But there are plenty of other solutions if you’re committed to choosing weaker plants that may not survive the strong winds. A common solution for Mornington Peninsula Gardening is to install windbreaks. Windbreaks help shield your plants from intense gusts of wind.

You can create your own windbreaks by installing fences or growing rows of dense shrubs and trees.

Maintaining the structure of your garden

If the soil of your garden has a high percentage of sand in it then chances are not everything is as stable as it looks. Choosing the right grasses can help stabilize the ground near the perimeter of your garden. Here are some of the best grass options for Mornington Peninsula gardening:

Common Tussock Grass

This elegant looking grass is perfect for erosion control. It thrives in any soil and displays feathery flowerheads over summer.

Coast Spear Grass

You’ll often find this tussock grass used in coastal reserves and parks as a soil or sand binding plant. Its seeds help to attract native birdlife and butterfly species.

Lomandra Little Pal

This compact native grass is perfect for contrast planting and erosion control on banks. So it could be the perfect addition alongside a backyard pond. This particular species can also thrive in shady spots.

Get great gardening assistance from Jim’s Mowing

Here at Jim’s Mowing Mornington Peninsula, we’re passionate about helping seaside gardens thrive. With years of experience, we fully understand the challenges of gardening by the coast. With our Landscaping and Garden Makeover service, we can assist you in establishing your garden.

Our professional gardeners can help you with plant selection and supply. We know plenty of local nurseries that supply beautiful plants that are native to your region. Our gardeners can also assist with fertilising, mulching, and installing borders. So for all the help and advice, you need for gardening in Mornington Peninsula, contact us today on 131 546.