Perfect Plants for The Coast

Posted on: November 1st, 2016 by Stone Cross Garden Centre No Comments
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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.

  1. Improve your soil conditions to suit specific plants.
  2. Create sheltered areas to overcome wind issues.
  3. 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:

  1. Aid drainage by filling the bottom of the container with grit.
  2. Use the best compost so that your plant will start life happy.
  3. Move the container to a more sheltered area when required.
  4. Move the container in or out of the sunlight as the plant prefers.
  5. Feed the plant regularly to keep it in good health.
  6. 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

AREA TREES HEDGING   SHRUBS   PERENNIALS     CLIMBERS ANNUALS ALPINE/GRASSES
FULLY

EXPOSED

Alnus

Carpinus

Crataegus

Eucalyptus

Ilex

Pinus – Nigra

Populus

Prunus – Cerasifera

Quercus (Oak)

Syringa

Elaeagnus

Euonymus – Japonicus

Ilex

Olearia

Sea Buckthorn

Taxus – Yew

Thuja

Cortaderia (Pampus Grass) Elaeagnus

Festuca

Lonicera Miscanthus Rhamnus

Ribes

Rose – Rugosa

Rosemary

Sambucus

Santolinia

Senecio Tamarix

Agapanthus

Saxifragia Verbascum

Erigeron

Sedum

Verbena

Eucalyptus Alyssum

Antirrhinum

Calendula

Diascia

Poppy

Wallflowers

Artemisia

Anthemis

Erigeron

Festuca

Helianthemum

Miscanthus

Pennisetum

Saxifragia

Silene

OUR STAR BUY Salix

 

Griselinia Phormium

 

Eryngium

 

Pyracantha Gazania

 

Armeria (Thrift)
SLIGHTLY BACK FROM THE SEA Arbutus

Cercis

Gleditsia

Laburnum

 

Berberis

Cotoneaster

Escallonia

Forsythia

Hebe

Laurel

Lonicera

Osmanthus

Pittosporum

Privet

Abelia

Agave

Bubbleja

Callistemon

Ceratostigma

Ceanothus

Cistus Choisya

Convolvulus

Coprosma

Corokia

Cotinus

Cytisus

Fuchsia Grevillea Heather

Hibiscus

Lavender

Leptospermum

Leycesteria

Potentilla

Ribes

Roses

Trachycarpus

Ulex

Viburnum

Yucca

Alchemilla

Alchillea

Centaurea

Dianthus

Echinops

Euphorbia

Erysimum

Euryops

Geranium

Gypsophila Helianthus Kniphofia

Lychnis

Nerine

Papaver

Phlox

Rudbeckia

Stachys

Campsis

Hydrangea

Jasmine

Muehlenbeckia

Passion Flower

Solanum

Trachelospermum

Virginia Creeper

Begonia

Cosmos

Impatiens

Marigold

Pansy

 

If protected by a wind break almost any bedding plants can be used

Aubretia

Carex

Hypericum

Phlomis

Phlox

 

OUR STAR BUY Betula (Birch)

 

Laurel Cordyline Crocosmia Solanum

 

Osteospermum Nerine

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