Coastal gardening presents some big challenges. There is constant strong wind, sandy soil that doesn’t hold water well and is lean on nutrients, and the salt! Oh, the salt. Of course, it has its benefits too. Nowhere else do you get such a sense of motion in the landscape, between the beauty of the waves and movement of the foliage in the wind. And if you can incorporate the ocean view into your garden design, working with your layout and plantings to make the view feel like it’s part of your garden rather than a far-off bit of scenery – then your landscaped areas can take on a sense of openness and grandeur that other gardens can’t touch. Over the course of the month, in between other posts, I’m going to be talking about some of the plants that thrive in windy seacoast conditions, design tips to make the most of your space, and books that you’ll find helpful if you’re gardening on the coast. To start, I want to talk about a few coastal gardening tips that might go counter to what you’ve learned about gardening elsewhere.