Handy tips for gardening near Dromana beach
If you live near Dromana beach or partake in gardening in Mornington Peninsula, you need to heed our recommendations for salt-tolerant plants.
Any sea-side garden needs to make the most of salt-resistant plant species so that keeping your garden alive is not an uphill battle.
Read on to learn more about the kinds of plants that suit bayside locations.
Why is it important to choose salt-tolerant plants if you live near Dromana beach?
Salt is a powerful force in nature, and when you live near the sea-side, it is all around you, in the air.
That means that it usually will accumulate on the leaves of the plants in your garden. You might have noticed this while gardening in Mornington Peninsula.
If your plants are not salt-tolerant, they may suffer damage in a high saline environment, like living near Dromana beach.
Rather than forcing ordinary plants to thrive near the sea, choosing those that naturally do well in those conditions makes sense.
So which plants should you choose?
Pick these beach-loving native plants if you want to attract wildlife
Fortunately, native species of plants are often salt-resistant, but they can also attract local birds and other native animals.
If this is one of your aims when gardening in Mornington Peninsula, then select native plants such as coast banksia (Banksia integrifolia), Norfolk Island hibiscus (Lagunaria patersonii), and weeping myrtle (Agonis flexuosa).
Try coast rosemary (Westringia fruticosa) and coast tea tree (Leptospermum laevigatum) for a dense shrub that will provide critters with plenty of room to hide away.
For tips on attracting wildlife with your planting choices, read our article ‘How to attract native insects and birds to your garden.’
For a low maintenance Dromana beach garden, select succulents
Succulents are popular because they require very little care and minimal water and are salt-tolerant.
They really are the set and forget plants when gardening in Mornington Peninsula.
If you’d like to try planting some succulents in your garden, choose from Australian native succulents such as Disphyma and Carpobrotus.
Often succulents have attractive flowers, and Disphyma crassifolium ‘Hot Stuff’ is no exception, with bursting bright magenta blooms.
Carpobrotus glaucescens is also known for its dramatic pinky-purple flowers, which means you get a pop of colour in your Dromana beach garden for very little time or effort.
Opt for exotic plants that withstand salt and wind
If you’d like to try something a little more exotic while gardening in Mornington Peninsula, here’s a tip. Opt for species like the New Zealand Christmas tree (Metrosideros excelsa) which profusely flowers in red through December and January. Another ideal shade or screen tree is the Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa).
If you need something more shrub-sized for your Dromana beach garden, try hibiscus, oleander (Nerium oleander), and Indian hawthorn (Raphiolepis x delacourii).
While gardening in the Mornington Peninsula, select from lower growing varieties like marguerite daisies (Argyranthemum frutescens), agapanthus, or pelargoniums. They are all colourful options.
When you’re at a loss with your beachside garden, talk to the experts
There are many possible sources of information about growing plants in conditions like those near Dromana beach.
You can read print gardening magazines and online blogs. You can even talk to the owners of various nurseries and get advice.
We want you to know that at Jim’s Mowing, we’re about more than just mowing.
We can help you with landscaping or a garden makeover designed to suit sandy soils and salty air.
We can assist you if you live in any of the following suburbs:
- Capel Sound
- Cape Schanck
- Carrum Downs
- Chelsea Heights
- Crib Point
- Frankston North
- Frankston South
- HMAS Cerberus
- Langwarrin South
- Merricks Beach
- Merricks North
- Mt Eliza
- Mt Martha
- Patterson Lakes
- Red Hill
- Red Hill South
- Rosebud West
- Safety Beach
- St. Andrews Beach
Contact us today to get started.