At first it may seem that Coastal gardens are particularly challenging when it comes to choosing trees, shrubs, hedging plants and ground cover with the constant salt laden onshore winds. In fact there are a great number of plants that will thrive in these conditions and in particular many that dislike cold inland positions and appreciate the milder conditions near the sea.
Below is a long list of plants in all shapes and sizes, all well suited to maritime situations. Some are very common seaside plants like Escallonia and Griselinia, others are a little less common but deserve to be more commonly planted, our particular favourite is the Daisy Bush, Olearia macrodonta with its beautiful silvery foliage that looks great all year against the blue sea and sky backdrop!
Alnus incana, the Grey Alder is a tough species that thrives in difficult and wet sites where its nitrogen fixing roots help prevent soil erosion, suitable for hedges and screens.
Italian Alder is a fast growing tree with an attractive conical shape. Suited to wet and chalky sites. Pretty heart shaped leaves and useful for windbreaks.
The Bay Laurel, Laurus nobilis makes an excellent bushy evergreen hedging plant, especially near the coast and its aromatic leaves will always be welcome in the kitchen.
A great evergreen variety of Berberis making a dense and fairly fast growing prickly hedge, masses of rich orange flowers appear in late spring followed by edible barberries.
This purple variety of Berberis is a deciduous medium sized extremely prickly shrub. Yellow flowers are followed by vibrant red fruits complimenting the red leaf.
A fast growing prickly evergreen shrub making a very dense security hedge. Masses of rich yellow flowers in late spring are followed by spherical blue fruits.
Blackthorn or Prunus spinosa is a tough and floriferous native shrub often seen in mixed wild hedgerows, masses of the Damson-like Sloes appear in Autumn.
Buxus Sempervirens or Common Box is one of the most popular evergreen plants for low hedges. Its neat compact habit also makes it ideal for topiary.
A very low growing variety of Box also know as Buxus Sempervirens suffruticosa. Perfect for edging vegetable plots and paths. Easy to maintain as only grows at 5-10cm per year.
A popular choice with its pretty emerald green rounded leaves and mound forming habit. A versatile plant suited for both hedging and ground cover.
Box variegated is a very attractive variety of Box with irregular creamy white margins to the leaf edge. Is similar in habit and growth to Dwarf Box.
Silvery green prickly foliage of Sea Buckthorn, a plant that thrives in coastal conditions, has tiny yellow flowers in spring followed by bright orange berries.
Cotoneaster Franchetii is an excellent hedging plant with ovate grey green foliage white flowers suffused red and bright autumnal fruits. A semi evergreen for coastal planting.
Arching branches of Cotoneaster Lacteus have masses of tiny white flowers in summer and bright red berries in autumn. A very pretty evergreen hedging plant.
A versatile little hedging shrub, its aromatic silvery foliage contrasts well with many other plants and the profusion of button shaped yellow flowers in summer adds to its appeal.
Olearia Haastii makes a good low hedge with its dense habit. Glossy oval dark green leaves are white and felted underneath with yellow centred white flowers. Good coastal plant.
A very good plant for coastal conditions the Olearia Macrodonta has large sage green holly like leaves with a silvery underside. Fragrant creamy white heads of flowers in summer.
This large evergreen shrub has grey green leaves that have a scaly silver underside. Small perfumed white flowers appear in autumn followed by orange berries in spring.
The young leaves of this attractive evergreen shrub begin as green with silvery scales and gradually develop a broad central splash of rich yellow and pale green.
Another very colourful variety of Elaeagnus, this variety has silver-scaly young tender leaves developing into a lustrous combination of rich yellow and green.
Probably the most familiar of the Elder family this deciduous native shrub has clusters of white flowers followed by small black elderberries. Suits chalky and coastal sites.
A popular choice for a pretty evergreen hedge ideal for coastal planting. Apple Blossom has waxy dark green leaves and delicate pink flowers in summer.
Glossy deep green leaves cover the branches of Red Escallonia with tubular crimson red flowers in summer until autumn. This evergreen is well suited to coastal areas.
This is a small, dense bushy shrub with a colourful golden edging to the green leaves. In winter these attractive variegated leaves also take on a tinge of red colour.
This stronger growing species has large oval glossy deep evergreen leaves. The insignificant flowers that appear are occasionally followed by pretty pink berries.
This small evergreen shrub has a dense bushy habit of growth. The green leaves have a pretty silver edging and in winter take on a tinge of pink. Also useful for ground cover.
Few shrubs give so much early spring colour at such modest cost, Flowering Currant makes an excellent and rather alternative hedge - or a more mainstream border shrub.
With its brilliant display of bright yellow flowers, Gorse is one of the most floriferous native plants and one of the most thorney, these plants thrive in dry and acidic soils.
These accommodating evergreens are rising stars in hedging plant circles, Griselinia has the kind of upright shape that just lends itself as a hedging plant, and they look great all year.
White flowers followed by red berries make a fantastic show against the deep blue green leaf colour of Ilex Meservae Blue Princess. Makes an excellent dense hedge.
A traditional hedge very popular due to its dense impenetrable yet attractive nature. Ilex Aquifolium has tiny white flowers and red berries on females plants. All are seed grown.
An really pretty holly Ilex Argentea Marginata is a female form with creamy margins on green leaves and bright red berries. This variety can be planted in coastal areas.
Large ovate glossy leaves of Aucuba Japonica Variegata have speckled yellow markings making it an attractive alternative to the more common laurel hedge. A versatile plant.
Lavender Grosso is the most widely used lavender for oil and cut flower production. The mid blue flowers over grey green foliage appear late in the season in August.
Hidcote is one of the most popular lavenders being a more compact variety. It makes an excellent low hedge producing purple-violet flowers from June onwards.
Lavender Imperial Gem is a bushy variety of English Lavender with tightly packed rich purple flowers above silvery foliage. It can be used as a substitute for Lavender Hidcote.
Lavender Munstead is another popular variety of the small evergreen shrub similar to Hidcote but with masses of mid blue flowers from June onwards.
Lavender Provence Blue is planted extensively in southern France but will tolerate the damp British climate. Deep blue flowers complement the grey green foliage.
Lavender White Edelweiss is a strong bushy but compact variety of lavender. The grey green foliage sits well against the white flowers which start as pink buds.
Slower growing than green leylandii but with the same growth habit, Cupressocyparis Leylandii Castlewellan Gold has golden yellow foliage becoming bronze green.
A popular choice for anyone wanting a fast growing evergreen. Leylandii Green is a conifer with a dense columnar habit making it excellent for filtering noise and pollution.
This medium sized evergreen Hedging Honeysuckle shrub has very small dark green leaves making a superb tidy formal hedge. Tolerant of salt winds and shady conditions.
Although it is a great deciduous hedge in its own right, the Field Maple is more commonly seen mixed into native hedgerows, beautiful golden yellow autumn foliage.
Sorbus are small and compact deciduous trees chosen primarily for thier colourful berries and foliage in autumn. They are easy to grow and popular with wildlife.
Quercus Robra the majestic English Oak is a well knownand much loved parkland tree. Produces acorns in the autumn and is greatly valued for its timber.
The Lombardy Poplar, Populus nigra italica is a fast growing and very distinctive deciduous tree, great for architectural planting where space permits, or for a tall narrow screen.
The rich gold markings on the foliage of this semi evergreen large shrub makes Ligustrum Ovalifolium Aureum a great alternative to green privet for a bit of colour.
Ligustrum Ovalifolium is a popular versatile semi evergreen widely used for hedging. It is fast growing creating a lovely dense hedge with medium sized dark green leaves.
Often used in mixed hedges Ligustrum Vulgare is a semi evergreen with shiny green leaves and white flowers followed by black fruits in autumn attracting wildlife.
Pyracantha Orange Glow makes an excellent prickly evergreen security hedge but is also very attractive with the white flowers appearing in June followed by orange berries.
Another colourful display this time with yellow berries from this much to offer plant. As with all Pyracantha a superb security hedge. Fast growing at 30-60cm per year.
The Rosa Rugosa Rubra has an upright prickly habit making it one of the best roses to make a rose hedge. The fragrant rosy red single flowers are followed by large red hips.
Upright stems of Rosa Rugosa White are covered with masses of small thorns making an excellent pretty security hedge. Fragrant white flowers through summer and autumn.
Rosa Spinosissima or Rosa Pimpinellifolia makes an excellent attractive dense thicket with highly scented single delicate yellow flowers followed by dark almost black hips.
The aromatic sweet smelling foliage of Rosa Rubiginosa is accompanied by bright pink flowers in summer followed by deep orange hips. Creates a good vigourous hedge.
Viburnum Tinus, Lauristinus is a large evergreen bushy shrub with glossy dark green foliage. White flowerheads appear out of pink buds from November through to May.
Viburnum lantana is our native Wayfaing Tree, a familiar wild hedgerow plant especially common on chalky soils, the fruits mature to red and black from white flower clusters.
Catkins appear with the green leaves in spring on this large deciduous tree. Salix Alba Vitelina has beautiful egg yolk yellow new shoots if pruned hard every other spring.
The stunning Scarlet Willow has brilliant orange scarlet stems. Salix Alba Chermesina should be pruned every other spring to ensure the full effect of the stem colour.
Our carefully chosen selection of salt tolerant species that will thrive in windy seaside areas growing into a robust barrier with many flowers and berries through the seasons.
A plethora of rich pink double flowers are produced to cover the branches from mid to late spring of this compact small tree. A highly ornamental choice for the garden.
The masses of double scarlet flowers which appear in mid to late spring are stunning on this shrubby little tree. They are an easily grown addition to a smaller garden.
Deep green lustrous leaves of this delightful small evergreen Arbutus unedo are a splendid backdrop for white pendant flowers in Autumn with maturing fruits from previous year.
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