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,

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