The garden and terrace are among the most popular areas of a beach house: it’s great to make use of open-air spaces for as long as possible, especially in the evenings when the cool breeze provides some respite from the summer heat.

Plants and flowers mustn’t be forgotten in this area: besides being true allies of the environment (especially if they are ‘friends’ of pollinating insects), they are living and breathing décor accessories, lending character to your outdoor space.

You need to consider many factors when making your choice: the local climate, the possibility of planting directly into the ground or the need to use a pot, the level of maintenance required and any allergies of the household.

Not sure what to choose? Here are some ideas!

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Requires constant watering but does not suffer if exposed to direct sunlight; can also withstand long months without much attention during the coldest months.

It can be grown both in a pot and in the ground.

A small lavender plant decorates the patio of this Provençal-style house in Lignano Riviera. The project includes a Palazzetto custom-made outdoor kitchen. Further details can be found at this link.


In addition to being hardy, this perennial plant is very useful for keeping mosquitoes away from the house. Not only that: the sprigs can be used to perfume cupboards, prepare herbal teas or distil essential oils for use in many different ways.

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Prickly Pear

It is widespread throughout the Mediterranean and can reach up to 5 metres in height. It can be grown in pots, in the ground or as a hedge, and requires the usual care for succulents. It’s very important that the soil is well- drained!

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It loves the sun (even direct sunlight) and is one of the most striking plants, thanks to a creeper covered in brilliant magenta flowers. It needs to be watered constantly, but the wow effect is definitely worth it.

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Fake Jasmine

This hardy climber can reach a height of up to 8 metres and doesn’t require much attention. It prefers sunny locations and warm temperatures but can also withstand sub-zero winters as long as it’s not for too many days in a row.

What plants have you grown at your beach house? Tell us about them in the comments!

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