25 Beach Garden Ideas: How To Make a Beach Garden

Guess what? You don’t have to live near the seashore to inject nautical-inspired themes into your yard.

Beach landscapes ideas can work well in urban and rural places. So, even if you don’t reside near the coast, no one’s stopping you from decorating your space nautical decors.

Rattan garden furniture, paired with salt-tolerant plants, is one of our favourite combos for coastal-themed outdoor. But we have more beach garden ideas to share with you in this post.

Check out these fascinating designs and get ready to have a backyard that bespeaks the ocean!

1. Surfboard garden sign

Surfboards are one of the essential items that a beach garden theme must have. A welcome sign like these can already add a touch of the coast in your humble backyard.

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What a smart way to welcome your fellow ocean and surf-lovers friends into your outdoor space!

Surfboards garden signs

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2. Or go for surfboard backyard fence

If you have old surfboards in your shed (or know someone who has), for the love of the ocean don’t throw them away. Give them a second life as fences in your garden.

Lined surfboards as a garden fence

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3. Garden gate with ship’s chain

These wooden posts decorated with rusty ship’s chains are an excellent garden gate idea for your beach-themed driveway. This nautical decor goes hand-in-hand, evoking the zest of the ocean.

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4. Nautical lounge area

An uninspired corner space of this garden is transformed into a cosy and fun beach patio. A beach sign and ship wheel is hung on the wall, the DIY benches and cushions come in hues of blue, and are constructed from an old cable drum.

The brick wall on the side adds warmth, perfectly blending in the light grey wall.

Nautical inspired garden lounge area

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5. Boat garden pond

An old boat may not be ideal for island hopping use, but it can fill-in the job well as a garden pond. Lay boards across the front and back of the boat to create a simple seating area.

Top tip: Place cinder blocks under both ends of the pallet if you want to have a “boat dock”.

DIY boat garden pond

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6. Beach pebble landscape

This pebble garden design idea gives off the look of a shingle beach. It’s ideal for front yards and landscaped areas with pebbles or small to medium-sized cobbles.

Beach pebble garden landscape

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7. Give palm trees a spot to your yard

The sight of palm trees can make us think of a beach landscape. You don’t have to go for the gigantic ones; some are small enough to make good container plants.

Use the trees as a source of shade and place it near your beach sun loungers.

Palm trees near garden sun loungers as a source of shade

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8. Fish mailbox

Let your mail and letters get swallowed by this big fish. Adding an interest to a simple yard space, this fish mailbox provides a great piece for seashore landscaping.

This will surely catch the attention of your neighbours!

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9. Add your own lighthouse

It could be as big as the actual lighthouse you see on the offshore or create a miniature that can fit in your small garden. If you’re going for the first one, we recommend putting it near your swimming pool or a large water feature.

But if it’s the latter, it would make a great decoration for small garden ponds.

Garden with a lighthouse, large pond and boat

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10. Make use of old boats as fixtures

In addition to water ponds, boats also make an excellent garden sofa. Take a look at this DIY project; it brings a much needed freshness and modern feel to the patio.

Old boat used as a garden seating area

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11. Ship anchor on a flower or pebble bed

An anchor alone already gives the impression of the sea. Use your flowerbed as the seabed and drag the ship anchor at the centre.

Pick something that has a damaged rusty look and a large one, if possible. This can create a focal point to your washed ashore garden.

Rusty ship anchor on a flower or pebble bed

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12. DIY pirate ship playground with sandpit

Your children will definitely jump for joy when they see this dazzling pirate ship playground in your backyard! Surround the ship with sandpit and small pebbles to make it look like the pirate has left it on the shore.

DIY pirate ship playground with sandpit

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13. Seashell mailbox for an added charm

Admit it; you used to collect seashells when you were a kid. Check your treasure box and see if the scallop shells are still there.

If yes, then it’s time to take them out and make use of them. A great project you start doing this weekend with the kids is this seashell mailbox.

DIY seashell mailbox

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14. Urban seaside garden theme

The owner of this simple seaside backyard created a raised platform deck where a small beach hut is placed. Add striped folding chairs on the side so you can enjoy the view of your garden.

The ground level is filled with pebble stones and there’s a built-in fire pit too for a chilly night hangout.

Urban seaside garden theme

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15. Coastal landscaping with white river rocks

Ideal for small and corner garden ideas, this low maintenance coastal-inspired landscape features a white river rock. There are plantings around the fence for a clean look in the backyard. Plus, cleaned pavers in preparation for sealing.

Coastal landscaping with white river rocks

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16. Yard hammock beach style

Besides surfing boards, hammocks are a staple when going to the beach. Having one in your garden, attached around the two tree trunks or a pergola, will give you a beach-vibe relaxing spot.

Yard hammock beach style

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17. Beach mural garden wall or fence

One of the easiest ways to achieve a coastal garden theme is to paint your fence or bare wall like a beach! Have a look at this nautical-inspired mural on a wooden fence.

This concept would look amazing if you have a pool or an outdoor hot tub installed in your yard, while surrounded with a fence like this.

Beach mural garden wooden fence

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18. Add a lifeguard tower

Lifeguard towers are commonly found on recreational beaches and public swimming pools. But you can also have one in your garden!

If you have a pool, set up a lifeguard chair and add a parasol for shade.

Garden pool lifeguard tower

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19. Beach bonfire experience

Create a beach bonfire experience in your backyard with a fire pit on a designated patch of sand. The owner of this garden separated the lawn to the white sand by creating a circular border.

Garden beach bonfire experience

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20. Go fancy with beach entry pool concept

Zero-entry is one of the features that you can spend on creating a backyard swimming oasis. The open space that leads to the pool resembles a sand beach, creating a tropical vibe in the area.

Add a wood plank bridge and complemented by palm trees and a vast number of green plants around.

Beach entry pool concept

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21. Turn your shed into seaside escapade

Garden sheds can be more than just tool storage; they can become seaside escapades, too! You can turn your ordinary outbuilding into a nautical-inspired space.

Paint it white and use plenty of deck chair striped fabric to conjure up a seaside scheme.

Shed seaside escapade

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22. Take a cue from the coasts

The raised redwood deck and hot tub on this lower paved patio evoke a nearby coastal green feeling. There are strings of bistro lights that emit a soft glow, like starlight, above the tub.

Nearby coastal garden theme

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23. Cobble-embellished wall for outdoor shower

The design of this outdoor shower gives off a luxury public shower. The wall is embellished with cobblestones, north side edges of the shower.

A laurel hedge and wooden garden gate provide privacy.

Cobble-embellished wall outdoor shower

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24. DIY beach cobble fire pit

This do-it-yourself fire pit project deserves a spot in your top favourite DIY list! The buff-coloured Mexican beach cobbles and boulders are set in mortar.

White sand topped with pieces of shells fills the gas-fed fire pit. The overall appearance brings the beach to the garden.

DIY beach cobble fire pit

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25. Corner garden turned into white sand area

Ideal for small backyards, the unused corner of your garden can be turned into a sandy retreat like this one! This idea is perfect if you love going to the beach but can’t find the time for regular visits.

Add decomposed granite, sand, driftwood, and grassy plants to complete the seaside look.

Corner garden sandy retreat

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Who doesn’t want an oasis in their own backyard? No wonder why the beach garden theme is being hyped up by many homeowners, particularly those nautical enthusiasts.

If you’re one of them, we hope our treasured design inspirations will help you find what you’re looking for. From furniture, DIY projects to planters, lighting – the list goes on.

Let us know below your favourites from the list!

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