The joy of owning a beach house revolves around all the time you get to spend outside, whether it is walking on the beach, dining alfresco or soaking up nature in your beach house garden. Your beach house is your sanctuary, your retreat from all the distractions that come with life. It is easy to cultivate the peace and tranquility we all yearn for to help us set aside our busy lives and sit and breathe for a hour, an entire afternoon or just to have a quiet cup of coffee. At Cottage and Bungalow, we are firm believers in setting aside time to take that much-needed break, and we enjoy bringing you products that can help you create an outdoor space of your beach home that you can call yours. The garden is the first place to start.
Why not add a touch of whimsy this year? These inspiring ideas may help.
Whimsical Elements of a Beach House Garden
Coastal Flowers That Pop
Selecting the right plants doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you’re starting out, choose perennials that are deer resistant and tolerate wind and salt spray such as African Lily, Allium and Poppies. Discover more coastal flowers in this post.
Now that you’ve chosen your in-ground perennials, fill in more spaces with some flowering annuals. Vintage containers are a fun way to add whimsy to the garden. You will discover a trove of eclectic containers at flea markets, garage sales, second hand stores and maybe even your attic! When the flowers are in full bloom you can display them on your mantle, dining table or kitchen counter. Check out these gorgeous, handcrafted vases from Bonnie Belt, one of our artists.
Lots of folks focus on the plants and pathways, but don’t forget about your vertical spaces, too! Lighting up your trees, the side of the house and other unexpected space adds a magical touch to your beach house garden. Check out these ideas from The Garden Glove for more creative suggestions.
Create a fairy tale nook with a playful seating area. Butterfly benches, dragonfly chairs and fish pedestals lend an otherworldly mystical feeling that will make your special space even that much more inviting. Get inspired with these fantastical pieces handcrafted by artisans here in the United States.
Unique garden walkways can offer a fanciful element for your beach house garden. Present the unexpected even beneath your toes. Pebble swirls, moss squares, tree rounds… anything you can dream up can become the red carpet of your garden. Here are some creative stepping stone ideas to consider.
Feathery Friends Forever
Don’t forget about our feathery friends! Keep them around for a long time when you add their own gorgeous feeding space in your beach house garden. Bring flight to your outdoor design when you openly welcome nature into the space. Explore our selection of bird and dog houses here.
Coastal living at its finest incorporates elements of nature and stylish accessories. Your beach house garden should be no different. Feel free to share your outdoor living spaces on our Facebook page!