What can be grown in coastal gardens, very much depends upon the amount of shelter that can be provided from the prevailing winds and the proximity to the coast. Wind and salt can make life very difficult for even the hardiest of plants, but pick out the right ones and provide them with the best start in life and the results can be stunning!
One of the best ways of increasing your choice of plants for the coast, is to provide a windbreak in your garden. It is surprising how much difference a hedge can make . Hedges are much better windbreaks than solid walls. Walls tend to create turbulence, whereas hedges filter and slow the wind down.
In addition ensuring plants are given the best start in life when planting and kept happy by feeding and watering correctly will strengthen plants to the elements.
THAT SPECIAL PLANT YOU WANT
This is a guide showing plants that are well suited to specific conditions. Whilst it is always easier to grow plants in the conditions that they prefer with a little planning you can still have that special plant that you really want. Perfect for the coast.
- Improve your soil conditions to suit specific plants.
- Create sheltered areas to overcome wind issues.
- Add shading and companion planting.
One of the best ways of giving a plant the conditions that will help it to thrive is to grow it in a container. Here you can control the conditions and environment far more easily. This saves you time and energy. For example you can:
- Aid drainage by filling the bottom of the container with grit.
- Use the best compost so that your plant will start life happy.
- Move the container to a more sheltered area when required.
- Move the container in or out of the sunlight as the plant prefers.
- Feed the plant regularly to keep it in good health.
- Adjust the watering of the plant to suit its needs.
Whilst the plant is young you can plant bedding plants around the edge of the container to give you increased colour in the garden!
A WORD OF CAUTION
Even though plants may have been thriving beautifully for a period the natural weather elements can take their toll on even the hardiest of inhabitants. High temperatures, strong sunlight, high winds drying during summer and bitterly cold during winter can all negatively affect the appearance of plants. This is often evidenced by:
- Wind: Blackened leaves from wind and salt burn which are a common sight after storms.
- Sunlight: Brown leaves, particularly around the tips and margins. This is often followed by the leaves curling and shrivelling. In some cases whole leaves can become entirely crispy and there may be some minor die-back of branches.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you do encounter damage then in the vast majority of cases the plant will grow through and overcome the issues of its own accord. However, in extreme situations you may need, or want, to prune out the damage to improve the plants visual appearance. After any damaging weather event pay particular attention to watering and feeding. This will strengthen the plant to the elements and improve its resilience to future weather conditions.
In addition there is also the issue of garden pests – see our Garden Pests Leaflet.
For further advice please call:
Stone Cross Garden Centre – 01323 488188
A list of Plants ideal for the Coast
Pinus – Nigra
Prunus – Cerasifera
Euonymus – Japonicus
Taxus – Yew
|Cortaderia (Pampus Grass) Elaeagnus
Lonicera Miscanthus Rhamnus
Rose – Rugosa
|OUR STAR BUY||Salix
|SLIGHTLY BACK FROM THE SEA||Arbutus
|Fuchsia Grevillea Heather
|Gypsophila Helianthus Kniphofia
If protected by a wind break almost any bedding plants can be used
|OUR STAR BUY||Betula (Birch)