Coastal Hedging Plants
Hedge Plants for Coastal and Seaside Hedging
Some hedge plants are much happier and grow into better hedging in strong winds and salt airs than others. In some cases (Sea Buckthorn, Gorse etc) this is because they naturally occur by the sea or on hilltops, perhaps preferring poorer, sandy or chalky soils. Other plants (Escallonia, Griselinia) like the seaside for the same reasons we do - it is supposed to be warm and sunny, but also a little bit wet. There is a third group, made up of hedge plants that are just so tough they will grow anywhere (Cotoneaster, Roses, hawthorn). So this hedge plant list is dedicated to lovers of salt, sun, sand and wind... by the way most plants that will grow by the sea will also do well in windy positions inland.
Red Berried, evergreen andimpenetrable when well grown
Red Berried Cotoneaster - Cotoneaster simonsii is a semi-evergreen shrub much used for hedging. Cotoneaster simonsii is happy in almost any soil, and carries spectacular large red berries in autumn/winter. Trim after the berries fall - generally in January or February. To 2m
Orange berried, usually evergreen (except in hard winters) clips well.
Cotoneaster franchettii is a lovely near-evergreen shrub.
Cotoneaster franchettii carries pale pink flowers in spring followed by masses of orange autumn berries which are loved by the birds. If you want to bring more specieas into your garden, you might want to buy Cotoneaster franchettii for at least some of your hedging. Trim after the berries have fallen. To 2m
You can also buy Cotoneaster franchettii as container grown plants for summer planting and in sizes that are too large to plant bare-rooted. Click the Potted Plants link on the left of this page to see our range.
With Silver leaves, but deciduous this loves poor coastal soils. Evergreen Elaegnus ebbingei is a bit more formal but is unmoved by salt or wind.
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
Escallonia Donard Seedling
Like all the escallonias this loves the seaside. Glossy, scented leaves, charming flowers, good, clippable growth - this is a most amenable evergreen hedging plant (pink and white)
Escallonia Donard Seedling is one of the better hedging escallonias. It is a strong growing evergreen shrub with small glossy dark green leaves and a slightly arching habit.Escallonia Donard Seedling flowers through the summer when it carries an unending succession of pink buds that open to white flowers that are blushed with pale pink.
Like all escallonia, Donard Seedling needs a sunny spot (it hates frost pockets) and deep, well drained ground to do well. It is an outstanding subject for a coastal hedge
Donard Seedling will grow to 3 metres.
The best white hedging Escallonia. Large, very glossy dark and evergreen leaves and covered in bloom in June and July.
Escallonia iveyi - oftem misspelled Escallonia iveyii is a quick-growing evergreen white escallonia with shiny mid-sized scented green leaves. They have a stronger scent immediately after rain when they are reminiscent of Friars Balsam or Allspice. Escallonia iveyi is well suited to the milder areas of the UK - it is happy as far north as Leeds.
Excellent by the sea, escallonia iveyi produces masses of white, bell shaped flowers through the summer so is best trimmed in early autumn after flowering. It grows well in sunny or very lightly shaded, well-drained positions, but like all escallonia, iveyi loathes cold winds and damp or waterlogged sites. In cold inland situations, escallonia should be planted near a wall.
Don't want white flowers? Why not have a look at our complete range of Escallonia.
Plant at 50cm- 18” spacing for hedges. Good for hedges 90-300cm- 3-9’ in height.
Escallonia rubra macrantha
Similar to iveyii (above) but with crimson flowers. A rapid grower with the most highly scented leaves.
Full name Escallonia macrantha rubra is one of the more upright members of the Escallonia family. It is a fast-growing evergreen shrub with shiny green leaves that have a spicy scent reminiscent of Friars Balsam or Allspice. Escallonia macrantha produces sweetly scented bright rose-red bell-shaped flowers through the summer months so it is best trimmed in late summer after flowering. Escallonia is ideal for coastal locations as it tolerates salt winds and loves the mild climate. Don't be deceived however, Escallonia is tougher than it looks and takes temperatures as low as -10C without trouble. Once confined to the South-West, Escallonia grows over an increasing area of the UK as the climate warms.
It grows best in sunny or partially shaded, well-drained positions, and like all Escallonia, macrantha loathes cold winds and damp or waterlogged sites. In colder inland locations, plant Escallonia near a wall for a little bit of shelter and warmth.
An excellent specimen shrub, and good in a shrub border, Escallonia macrantha is also well suited to hedges 90-300cm- 3-9’ in height, when it should be planted at 2 per metre in a single row.
Don't want your escallonia red? Then follow this link to have a look at the rest of our range of Escallonia, red, white and pink
Also know as New Zealand Privet. Lighter green than privet with fleshier leaves, Griselinia handles salt and gales really well.
Griselinia - or New Zealand Privet is a strong growing shrub or small tree well suited to coastal locations. It is a New Zealand native - surprise, surprise and its Maori name is Kapuka. It grows in a climate very similar to our own and so thrives in the UK provided it has good drainage. Griselinia littoralis is a fantastic hedge plant, particularly where it is exposed to salty winds.
Griselinia littoralis is an upright grower with alternating, leathery oval leaves that are a glossy light green with paler undersides. The tiny flowers - similar in colour to the leaves and beautifully scented 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
This is to New Zealand Privet what Golden is to Green Privet. Variegated green and gold.
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.
A long list - all of these do well by the sea as long as the soil contains some nourishment and is not too sandy.
Wild Rose Hedge Plants
These freshly lifted, barerooted wild rose bushes are sure to swiftly establish into hardy plants that make perfect hedging stock. Your wild roses can make secure hedges by themselves; several of these bushes throw up a thicket of suckering stems, making an impenetrable barrier of seriously prickly, intruder proof thorns. All our wild rose plants are grown outdoors from seed.
Pruning and Trimming Wild Roses: Established plants are very durable and can be trimmed hard with a motorised hedge strimmer, anytime in late winter.
Planting Wild Roses in a Hedge: Any well drained soil is fine and it won't hurt to dig in some rose food before planting.
Native Roses: Dog Rose, Field Rose, Sweet Briar, Glaucous and Scotch Rose are all native to Britain. The Ramanas and Multiflora hail from Japan and Asia.
Which Wild Rose is best for Hedging? Ramanas and Scotch Roses have the strongest suckering habits - these roses can make a decent hedge by themselves. Dog Rose, Field Roses, Sweet Briar and Multifloras are the best climbers and ramblers - these plants need to be interplanted with trees like Hawthorn to give structure. Glaucous roses have lush foliage and pretty flowers, ideal for brightening up any mixed hedge. They are all great for wildlife and very thorny. Our mixed native hedge packsoften contain Dog, Ramanas or Sweet Briar roses.
Delivery information: The planting and delivery season for bareroot wild rose hedge plants is November through to February. You can place an order at any time of year to get your plants at the beginning of the following season. We will not charge your card until your plants are about to be shipped. You will receive an e-mail to notify you of the delivery date, your plants will come with planting instructions and we use a 24 hour courier service to deliver your wild rose bushes in top condition.
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
Sea Buckthorn - 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.
Feathery delicate looking foliage that is amazingly tough. This will grow in the teeth of the fiercest gale.
Tamarisk - 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