Monday, 11 July 2016

A - Z of coastal tolerant plants continued

Buddleja - attract the butterflies and beast to your garden. to stop them from seeding, deadhead as soon as they've finished blooming.Cut back hard in spring. After a severe salt storm they may appear dead but have faith, they will return. look out for the deep deep purple - it is pure heaven.

Broom - a lovely colourful splash to cheer the heart. Comes in all colours.
By Alexis CESAR - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Bergenia is one of those plants we tend to ignore but a large clump can create a splash of colour in a tricky area.

Bergenia cordifolia (Inflorescens).jpg
By Christian Hummert (Ixitixel) (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

And bluebells of course. They grow all along the cliffpath here so I am hoping to buy some English ones to have in the garden to grow alongside the snowdrops, daffs and crocus.
By MichaelMaggs (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Camelia is a must for a spring garden, they infuse the garden with colour when most things are still dormant. Easy to grow - plant away from early morning sunlight. I was so pleased to find two mature plants already here when we moved in. I've  now planted out the two I've had in pots for years, waiting for our move to go through.

Cordyline of course, tough, architectural and cheap. A good structural  specimen to plant around.
By Photo by and (c)2006 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man). Location credit to the Chanticleer Garden. - Self-photographed, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Crocosmia (or Monbretia) grows wild all along the cliffs and this picture taken from wiki shows it growing in an exposed site. A very good doer, needs to be curtailed if it finds itself in a comfortable place. Separate regularly to keep it flowering. Great for a dull, difficult area as its requirements are few.
Montbretia at Halzephron.jpg
By Tim Green - Flickr: Montbretia at Halzephron, CC BY 2.0,

In June the red rose blooms ...

Pat Austin

and the pink ones and yellow ones, and orange ones.

May and June were beautiful months - plenty of sunshine but not too hot, not too cold - Goldilocks sort of weather. We have had some nice surprises, a lovely philadelphus, some rather pretty roses and of course, I've been shopping.

This year I am keeping my new roses in pots until I decide if they are going to tolerate it here. I bought a couple of Harlow Carr, Charlotte, Sceptered Isle, Abraham Darby and a lovely pink one that had lost its label. I was very glad to find one of our favourite roses, Compassion, growing nicely up the fence, and there is also a vigorous and very pretty rambler romping through the trees.

The pots of fuchsias and lobelia I planted up early in teh spring and now in full flower and the strawberries are over. Courgettes are an everyday addition to our table and the tomatoes and cucumber won't be long now.

I can tell from the front gardens near by that roses do well and I am very happy about that. I've also noted other wonderful things - a very nice deep purple hebe that I will beg a cutting from and pieris also seems to do well. 

For those of you interested in seaside gardening you can find me on Pinterest where I have a lovely board dedicated to those here to see it

John has spent the last few weeks laying a patio around the area where he plans to put his shed - once we took the old one down I really coveted the extra space but I suppose he deserves one corner for himself. I can grow things up it and put pots all around and it will become part of the garden. we are thinking of running a rose arbour from it, but that will be a job for another year. There are other priorities to see to first.

The magnolia tree is slowing putting out new leaves but I am not sure it will ever bloom. it is still half naked and I read somewhere that they don't like to be pruned, so it looks pretty odd, the top half bare and the bottom half sparse. we will give it a chance though, see how it goes. The arum lilies planted below it have been beautiful.
Sceptered Isle

The weather has been dry so until this week we've managed to mow weekly and it really benefited from a feed early in the season. as you can see from the photo below one side of the garden is shady and the other sunny so I have the chance of growing a range of plants for different sites. the shady side already has large daisies, loosestrife, fatsias, ferns, bamboo (that might have to go) and I have added some white astilbe that shows up very well and lightens the darkness  very nicely. Next year there will be tall white stately foxgloves too.

I could never grow sweet peas at Ael Y Bryn but here I have discovered they do rather well, after a shaky start. they are now taller than me and I am picking a bunch a day to keep the blooms coming.
I have forgotten what variety I bought but they are lovely.

Stipa gigantica

Next time I will show you the progress on the shed and continue the A - Z.