HEDGING PLANTS FOR COASTAL AND SEASIDE LOCATIONS
Some hedge plants are much happier, and grow into better hedging in strong winds and salt airs than others.This may be because they naturally occur by the sea or on hilltops, perhaps preferring poorer, sandy or chalky soils or because seaside microclimates tend to be warmer than inland ones or even because fierce winds restrict competition. So this hedge plant list is dedicated to lovers of salt, sun sand and wind.
WithrSilver leaves the deciduous Elaeagnus angustifolia does well in poor coastal soils. Evergreen Elaegnus ebbingei is a bit more formal but is unmoved by salt or wind.
Probably needs no introduction. Escallonia is an ideal seaside hedging plant and we grow Escallonia Apple Blossom (pink and white), Escallonia iveyii (white) and Escallonia rubra macrantha (red).
Also know as New Zealand Privet. We also grow Griselinia in a variegated form.
Oleaster - Elaeagnus angustifolia is a beautifully large shrub with silver, fragrant spiny foliage and silver fruit, Oleaster will grow well in coastal areas and in any soil except shallow chalk. This Oleaster is also ideal for small gardens or where space is limited, and works very well as part of a hedge. To 4m
Variegated New Zealand Privet - Griselinia littoralis variegata
Variegated New Zealand Privet - so called because of the similarity of its foliage to that of our own privet or Griselinia littoralis variegata is a strong growing hedging plant which thrives in exposed and coastal locations. It is a New Zealand native - its Maori name is Kapuka where it grows in a climate every similar to our own. It is a fantastic hedge plant, particularly where it is has to handle salt sea gales.
The oval leaves are alternating, quite leathery - which is why New Zealand Privet handles the wind so well and a glossy light green with dark green centres and paler undersides. The tiny flowers - similar in colour to the leaves are carried in clusters of 50-100 in May. The fruit is a small blackish berry. Plant at 50cm- 18” spacing for hedges. Good for hedges 1.20-400cm- 4-12’ in height 2 plants per metre
A naturally occuring cross between a holly and an oak with the best characteristics of both. Not prickly, evergreen and great for windy spots and by the sea.
Holly Oak - Quercus ilex
Holm oak is probably the finest broadleaved evergreen in the UK. It is a large, densely leaved, roundheaded tree with dark green, holly like foliage, rough bark and catkins in June. Holm Oak is a good seaside plant, not only as a tree but also as an excellent windproof hedge. It is versatile, equally at home as a large topiary subject and as a specimen tree in parkland or on the edge of woodland. Quercus ilex is much faster growing than English Oak, Sessile Oak or Turkey Oak. Pot grown. To 30m
One of the plants that likes the seaside for its salt and poor soil. Lovely silvery foliage, but serious thorns make it an excellent deterrent
Hippophae Rhamnoides is a tall shrub or small tree. This prickly native deciduous plant carries silver green leaves and orange berries in the autumn/winter. All soil types are suitable, and - living up to its name the plant is excellent in coastal and exposed areas. It always needs good drainage.
Tamarix tetranda is a large evergreen shrub or small tree. The Tamarisk produces pink flowers freely in May/June. An excellent wind resister, it grows well in exposed and coastal areas and will even put a toe in the sea. It is also fine inland in full sun in any soil except shallow chalk. Prune very hard after flowering. To 8m