There is no lack of beauty on the Oregon coast and vegetation is plentiful, occurring in every possible shade of green with vivid pops of color blooms shouting out. It is easy to think that anything can grow here because there is so much growth already. However, it is a windy and potentially harsh climate for many plants. While it doesn’t get hot enough to grow tomatoes without the help of a hothouse, you can grow many plants for their beauty and many plants to eat.
The Oregon State University Extension Master Gardeners suggest putting up a barrier or fence to protect plants from the wind. Know the pattern of the sun and shade areas in your yard too. They also say to make sure you know your growing zone. Most of Coos County is in USDA ZONE 9a with Coquille, Myrtle Point, and Powers in USDA ZONE 8b. Most of Curry County is in USDA ZONE 9b. These different zones can offer a variety of different growing options for your garden or landscaping project and knowing which zone you are in and planting climate appropriate plants will help you in achieving a green thumb.
Hardy annuals, such as geraniums, have been known to winter over and continue to bloom year round. Many herbs can grow into impressive shrubs, like Rosemary, and the tiny blue blooms attract bees for an early season meal. Plants and flowers can be used to repel pest insects while offering a splendid and fragrant setting. When growing vegetables, look for ones that have a short growing season and grow best in a cooler climate such as lettuce, kale, carrots, many bean varieties, and even artichokes. Be sure to have adequate drainage and a simple yet windproof, covering available for your tender plants in the event of heavy rain or wind.
If you do not have enough yard space for a garden or if you are lucky enough to live in a home along an ocean overlook where it might be windy more often, then consider buying a garden plot at one of the area’s community gardens.