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A friend of ours has recently bought a holiday cottage near us and we said we'd do something with his front garden as a housewarming present. The house is just yards from the beach adn catche the westerly salty winds. So can anyone suggest some good plants that will be colourful but cope with the salt air? (On the Wigtownshire coast the cliomate is very mild as it's washed by the Gulf Stream).
The only thing that comes to mind is grasses, maybe some of the darker red ones.
quickfind:gallovidian > "can anyone suggest some good plants that will be colourful but cope with the salt air? "
Haven't a clue but make sure you use native ones.
I'd suggest you take a look at what grows naturally in the area, and also peer into other local gardens and see what other people are growing.
For shrubs, hydrangeas and some fuchsias would be my first thought. For ground cover, thrift will grow right into the sea, so should do fine! Sea kale is another thought - unusual and incredibly tough.
This website looks like it could be useful - http://www.seasideplants.co.uk/
what about Sea Oats (Chasmanthium), heather, or lavender?
I almost hesitate to suggest it, because it is not a "native" plant, but it is not at all invasive. We call it a Montauk Daisiy over here and you see them in shore line communities. Scientific name is Nipponanthemum nipponicum and it blooms in the fall. I have several and find them very tolerant and easy to grow.
Well, we went for a selection of grasses and some thrift in a drifty kind of seaside effect in the centre (it was previously laid all to gravel!), plus a couple of tough shrubs and heathers at the edges.
quickfind:gallovidian > "Well, we went for a selection of grasses and some thrift in a drifty kind of seaside effect in the centre (it was previously laid all to gravel!), plus a couple of tough shrubs and heathers at the edges."
Sounds good Anthony - what were the 'tough shrubs'?
Sounds good. Lots of texture and colours that blend.
The shrubs were a golden berberis and a euonymous - both recommended as salt=tolerant, so fingers crossed!
Toes crossed, too?
quickfind:gallovidian > "golden berberis"
I've just planted one of those in our wind-blasted front garden - we were told it's very tough!
We have a red version in the 'wind tunnel' at the side of our house, and it does extremely well.
On Cape Cod in Massachusetts (USA) lots of wild beach roses grow all over the place. They are everywhere, growing beautifully. They smell heavenly, too. Easy to grow and salt air doesn't bother them at all. People dig them up to grow them in their yards, too.
They are an old fashioned type, over 100 years old. Their flowers aren't as bushy as other roses but when the breeze barely touches them you can smell their perfume, it's that strong.
They are called "Beach Roses" or "Salt Spray Roses".
Here is a link so you can see what they look like:
"The Rugosa roses, native to China and Japan, which have naturalized themselves here over the last hundred years, are commonly know as the "beach roses" or "salt spray roses." They form large colonies, over time, in the sand dunes along the ocean shoreline. With their formidable armament, wrinkled leaves and bold colored flowers, they defy the forces of nature; living where it seems nothing but the coarsest wild grasses can survive."
In fact, here is the entire webpage link with lots of other info on them:
Here is another link:
Here is a bunch of different colored ones you can order online.
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