Beach style design guide

Bring the beach home with these coastal-inspired design, decorating, and landscaping ideas

Beach patio design tips

This water-wise, easy-care oasis offers lessons for yards everywhere

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Plant a garden, save an ocean
Andre Gunther

Plant a garden, save an ocean

West Coast cities from San Diego to Portland are encouraging ocean-friendly gardens for all residents, not just those on the beach. The key elements: porous soil, climate-appropriate plants, and permeable paving to soak up or channel rainfall into the soil. Unlike heavily watered and hard-paved landscapes, which can send pollutants into storm drains and, ultimately, the ocean, sponge­like gardens prevent runoff. Find more guidelines at surfrider.org.

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