This page will serve as a guideline for those inquiring about flora that will do well along the Pacific coast. Research into micro climates originated with conversations with nurseries in Lincoln City, Oregon.
The micro climates may vary from block to block or from one side of the lake to the other. A gardener at the Pacific coast will have alkaline soil closer to the ocean. With this type of soil one would need to add compost and possibly an acidifying amendment to balance pH. The further away from the beach, the less alkaline the soil will be.
It is strongly suggested you become acquainted with your own micro climates, as well as soil pH. A good starting point is to observe what plants your neighbors have in their gardens.
Portland Nursery suggests the following resources for further research:
Taylors Guide to Seashore Gardening
The Pacific Northwest Gardeners Book of Lists Sunset Western Garden Book
Reference sources used in this flier:
Taylors Guide to Seashore Gardening-Boston, New York 1996
Duranta ‘Sweet Memory’ Sky Flower - Evergreen shrub bearing attractive blue flowers in summer.
Escallonia spp. Escallonia - Fast growing evergreen shrubs. Dependable flowering in summer and fall. Can be used as a hedging alternative.
Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’ Coast Silktassel - Another great native! Large shrub, to 10-20’. Heaths & Heathers. Known in the botanical world as Erica and Calluna, great evergreen choice for the coast. Most are low and spreading.
Hebe - Evergreen shrubs, provide interesting texture (flowers too!). Sizes vary depending on variety.
Hippophae rhamnoides Sea Buckthorn - Usually an open, mounding shrub, to 8-10’. Flowers are small, but the fruit is very showy and lasts through winter.