Native Plants for Coastal Landscapes

Classroom B

Shoreline properties constitute the most valuable and vulnerable real estate in Florida, with landscapes that must endure the stresses of coastal weather and erosion. The contribution of the landscape to the value of these properties goes beyond aesthetic, often including physical stabilization of the land itself. Yet many of the native plant species of this ecosystem are unknown, underutilized or ineffectively sited by inexperienced landscape designers and installers. The result can be a substantial loss of money and plants, creating high maintenance, low sustainability landscapes.


Florida DBPR Board of Landscape Architecture: Course #0011357, 1 optional CE

ISA Certified Arborists: Certified Arborist: 1 | Municipal Specialist: 1 | BCMA – Management: 1 TW Climber Specialist: 1 | TW Aerial Life Specialist: 1  

FNGLA: 1 credit for FNGLA certified horticulture or landscape professional.


This class will review the forces at work in the coastal environment and discuss the growth habits of coastal native plant species in their appropriate locations. The instructor will review common plant siting errors. Attendees will gain knowledge of a broader palette of plants available for use in coastal as well as inland landscape designs as well as new invasive exotic threats to the dune environment. We will look at coastal landscapes as erosion resisting living shorelines, and review Florida Department of Environmental Protection regulations.

  • Salt tolerant plant culture and husbandry
  • Dunescape Zonation and relative stresses
  • Plant selections by Zone: grasses, forbs, shrubs, and trees
  • Guidelines for Maintenance and Management
  • Threats from exotic plant invasion
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Communities Design Garden/Landscape ISA Cert Arborist LA CE credits Plants