These plants stand up to coastal conditions beautifully
Actually from Madeira, this plant produces wonderful spikes of blue-purple flowers along the coast in poor soil and with practically
no extra water. Bees love it.
Bright orange flower and big, purplish, banana-like leaves links seaside gardens with the tropics. Just don't plant it where
wind will shred the leaves.
This Northwest coastal native makes a terrific windbreak, and takes well to shearing (like Japanese pines).
Has grassy leaves and elegant orange flowers with a red eye. Multiplies and spreads from corms with little care beyond occasional
This 5-foot tall, 4-foot wide perennial produces its sky-blue flowers from summer through fall with little care. Spreads by
Growing 5 feet tall and wide, its soft, feathery flower heads sway in the slightest breeze.
An artichoke relative (obvious when you look at the two plants side by side), this has edible stems and thistle-like flowers. But most people grow it for its architectural good looks. It gets very tall (to 12 feet) in the Northwest. Do not plant in mild-winter climates, where it has become an invasive weed.