Shrubs for Seaside Gardens
Shrubs for seaside gardens
There is a great range of shrubs suitable for seaside gardens, which are easy to grow and provide lots of colour and interest. Coastal gardens are often less cold with fewer frosts which enables some of the slightly less hardy shrubs and plants, such as Escallonia and (some) Agapanthus to thrive. Below is a selection of ideal shrubs for Seaside Gardens with links and growing tips.
Ceanothus, a lovely evergreen shrubs with soft blue flowers usually in the spring. Ideal for Seaside gardens as Ceanothus is slightly tender and dislikes cold drying winds which burn the leaves.
Rhododendron, robust, easy to grow most are fully hardy and tolerate of sea spray and adverse conditions. Rhododendrons come in all sizes and colours to fit into all types of gardens- growing tips
Escallonia are ideal for coastal gardens being slightly tender the climate is ideal. Lovely evergreen shrub with waxy leaves and spring flowers loved by bees. Growing tips and more images
Rosemary is an ideal shrub for a seaside garden flowering in the spring Rosemary is great to have to hand for cooking as well. Many herbs Sage, Thyme and Rosemary are happy in seaside gardens.
Philadelphus common name Mock Orange because of it's lovely scented flowers Philadelphus is happy growing in seaside gardens. Growing advise
Mahonia is an evergreen shrub with bright yellow flowers in the winter. If you want to create a security hedge, especially if your seaside home is not always occupied, Mahonia can be grown as a hedge and have spiteful thorns.
Garrya elliptica an evergreen shrub, described as slightly tender common name silk tassel bush because of the long catkin like tassels which hang from the plant during the winter months.