The mild, moist climate of seaside gardens can provide an exceptionally favourable environment in which to grow plants.

Plants must be tolerant of salt laden winds or evergreens need to be established to shelter more delicate plants from the salt. The most satisfactory forms of shelter are those that filter the wind not blocking it entirely.

Plants that survive well have tough, leathery leaves or very small or narrow leaves, some plants have virtually no leaves at all. Certain plants succeed by the sea by covering their leaves in tiny hairs.

Below are plants that are suitable for growing in a coastal environment:

  • Aeonium
  • Arbutus unedo
  • Acanthus spinosus
  • Agapanthus
  • Ajuga retans
  • Alchemilla mollis
  • Alliums
  • Anemones
  • Aquilegia
  • Armeria
  • Astrantia
  • Aubretia
  • Berberis darwinii
  • Buddleia davidii
  • Betula pendula
  • Bougainvillea X buttiana
  • Bryonia dioica (common bryony)
  • Callistemon
  • Campsis radican
  • camellia japonica
  • Crambe
  • Cyclame
  • Chamaecyparis lawsoniana
  • Chaenomels
  • Clematis
  • Cordyline australis
  • Cotinus coggygria
  • Crataegus
  • Cupressus macrocarpa
  • Cyanara
  • Dianthus
  • Diascia
  • Eccremocarpus scaber
  • Echeveria
  • Eleagnus
  • Eucalyptus
  • Erigernon speciosus
  • Eryngium oliverianum
  • Euphorbia
  • Fagus sylvatica
  • Fatsia Japonica
  • Garrya elliptica
  • Gleditsia
  • Grisselinia
  • Hebe
  • Hedera helix
  • Hemerocallis
  • Hydrangea Ilex aquifollium
  • Jacaranda mimosifolia
  • Juniper
  • Knautica macedonica
  • Kniphofia uvularia
  • Laburnum anagyroides
  • Lonicera periclymenum
  • Lathyrus odorata
  • Lavandula
  • Miscanthus sinensis
  • Magnolia
  • Mina lobata
  • Musa basjoo
  • Nerine bowdenii
  • Oenothera
  • Olearia haastii
  • Osteospernum (Cape Daisy)
  • Papaver orientalis
  • Phygelius capensis
  • Parthenocissus quinquefolia
  • Pinus montezumae (Mexican pine)
  • Polemonium caeruleum
  • Prunus serrula
  • Pyrus salicifolia pendula
  • Quercus ilex
  • Salix
  • Santolina
  • Senecio
  • Solanum crispum
  • Solanum dulcamara
  • Sorbus aria
  • Sorbus aucuparia
  • Stachys lanata
  • Tamarix tetrandra
  • Taxus baccata
  • Thalictrum delaveii
  • Trachycarpus fortuneii
  • Tropaeolum speciosum
  • Veronica spicata
  • Wisteria floribunda.

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