Coastal and Windswept Locations – Coastal Plants

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Coastal and Windswept Locations – Coastal Plants
Coastal plants will thrive in windy and exposed positions often where they are subjected to salt sprays as well as gales. This list of coastal plants is selected for its hardiness in tough conditions. However some of these coastal plants may need a windbreak or some sort of shelter to get started at least in the initial years and only a very few of them can be expected to grow unprotected on the very edge of a cliff.

This is our recommended selection for coastal areas, full plant list can be found by using the a-z on the right hand menu or using the keyword search top right, if you need something specific.

AGAPANTHUS umbellatus

AGAPANTHUS umbellatus  >

African blue lily, Lily-of-the-Nile, Love flower
Largest flowered blue
AGAPANTHUS umbellatus 'Albus'

AGAPANTHUS umbellatus 'Albus'  >

African blue lily, Lily-of-the-Nile, Love flower
Largest flowered white
AGAVE americana

AGAVE americana  >

Century plant, Pulque
Large architectural grey leaves with spines, suitable for sheltered hot dry sunny locations
ANTHEMIS cupaniana
White daisy flowers, grey ferny foliage
ARTEMISIA 'Powis Castle'

ARTEMISIA 'Powis Castle'  >

Mugwort, Wormwort
Very dainty silver grey foliage
ASTELIA chathamica 'Silver Spear'
Striking silver, sword-like foliage, an excellent architectural plant for a patio tub or to lighten a dull corner
BALLOTA pseudodictamnus

BALLOTA pseudodictamnus  >

False dittany, Shrubby horehound
Grey-green foliage, pink flowers
BERBERIS thunbergii 'Atropurpurea'

BERBERIS thunbergii 'Atropurpurea'  >

Japanese barberry, Purple-leafed barberry
Best purple foliage berberis
BUDDLEJA globosa

BUDDLEJA globosa  >

Buddleia, Butterfly bush, Orange ball tree
Orange ball Buddleja
BUDDLEJA 'Lochinch'

BUDDLEJA 'Lochinch'  >

Buddleia, Butterfly bush
Mauve blue
BUPLEURUM fruticosum

BUPLEURUM fruticosum  >

Shrubby hare's ear, Thorow wax
Excellent evergreen for coastal situations. Sea green foliage and yellow flowers. Difficult to propagate
CASSINIA fulvida

CASSINIA fulvida  >

Golden heather
dark green leaves, yellow underneath on sticky yellow shoots
CEANOTHUS arboreus 'Trewithen Blue'

CEANOTHUS arboreus 'Trewithen Blue'  >

Catalina ceanothus, Catalina mountain lilac
Largest blue
CEANOTHUS thyrsiflorus var repens

CEANOTHUS thyrsiflorus var repens  >

California lilac, Creeping blueblossom, Redroot
Vigorous low spreading habit and terminal clusters of light or darker blue flowers. Ideal for growing on a bank or in coastal conditions
CENTRANTHUS ruber 'Albus'

CENTRANTHUS ruber 'Albus'  >

Bouncing Bess, Drunken sailor, Red valerian
White form
CHOISYA ternata 'Sundance'

CHOISYA ternata 'Sundance'  >

Mexican orange blossom
Bright gold foliage
CLEMATIS montana 'Tetrarose'
Deep pink. Ideal for coastal exposure
Silver foliage, white flowers

COPROSMA repens  >

Looking glass plant, Mirror bush
In exposed conditions this grows as ground cover but, given shelter, it can become a large shrub. Glossy green recurved leaves. Male flowers in dense clusters. Female flowers are smaller followed by orange-red fruits
CORDYLINE australis

CORDYLINE australis  >

New Zealand cabbage palm
All Flower APR-MAY
CORONILLA valentina subsp glauca 'Citrina'
Palest creamy yellow form with grey-green foliage
CORTADERIA selloana 'Gold Band'

CORTADERIA selloana 'Gold Band'  >

Pampas grass, Tussock grass
(AM form) yellow variegated leaves
CORYLUS avellana 'Contorta'

CORYLUS avellana 'Contorta'  >

Contorted hazel, Corkscrew hazel, Harry Lauder's walking stick
Catkin flowers, contorted stems
CUPRESSUS macrocarpa 'Goldcrest'
Erect. Rich gold colour best in the winter
CYNARA scolymus

CYNARA scolymus  >

Globe artichoke
handsome grey foliage with large blue thistle-like flowers
CYTISUS 'Porlock'
(Genista 'Porlock') - scented yellow flowers, strong vigorous grower


Hardy pink
Continuous flowering from JUN-SEPT
DODONEA viscosa 'Purpurea'
Oblong crinkled leaves with a purplish appearance
ERIGERON glaucus roseus
Lilac-pink daisy flowers, good in dry exposed conditions
ERYNGIUM agavifolium

ERYNGIUM agavifolium  >

Eryngo, Sea holly
Grows up to 6 feet with tall thistle-like flowering heads
ESCALLONIA 'Apple Blossom'
Delicate pale pink with neat foliage
ESCALLONIA rubra var. macrantha
Pink flowers, with tough foliage, good in coastal exposure
EUCALYPTUS coccifera

EUCALYPTUS coccifera  >

Ironbark, Mount Wellington peppermint., Tasmanian snow gum
attractive juvenile foliage. Extremely cold hardy
EUONYMUS japonicus

EUONYMUS japonicus  >

Japanese spindle
Forms an excellent evergreen hedge especially in exposed conditions
EURYOPS pectinatus
Yellow daisy flowers, fine grey foliage
FATSIA japonica

FATSIA japonica  >

False castor oil plant, Japanese figleaf palm
Excellent glossy foliage and an attractive habit which makes for an architectural or
FUCHSIA 'Riccartonii'
(HEDGING) - dainty red & purple flowers, excellent in exposed conditions
GARRYA elliptica

GARRYA elliptica  >

Quinine bush, Silk tassel bush
Long grey-green catkins (male)
GENISTA hispanica

GENISTA hispanica  >

Spanish gorse
forms compact, spiny mound, yellow, scented flowers
GREVILLEA rosmarinifolia

GREVILLEA rosmarinifolia  >

Rosemary grevillea
Dark green needle-like leaves and crimson flowers
GRISELINIA littoralis
Dense, upright shrub or tree with glossy emerald green foliage
HEBE 'Wiri Cloud'

HEBE 'Wiri Cloud'  >

Shrubby veronica
Pink flowers over a long period during summer. Compact small bushy shrub
HEBE 'Wiri Image'

HEBE 'Wiri Image'  >

Shrubby veronica
Racemes of violet flowers and pale green shoots
HEBE 'Wiri Mist'

HEBE 'Wiri Mist'  >

Shrubby veronica
White flowers in early summer. Effect in mass plantings
HELICHRYSUM italicum subsp. serotinum
strong aromatic leaves and yellow flowerheads from summer to autumn
HIPPOPHAE rhamnoides

HIPPOPHAE rhamnoides  >

Sallow thorn, Sea buckthorn
Silvery leaves and orange-yellow berries, completely wind and salt resistant, good for hedging
KNIPHOFIA 'Little Maid'

KNIPHOFIA 'Little Maid'  >

Red hot poker, Torch lily, Tritoma
Pale lemon flower spike about 18 inches tall


All flower JUN-SEPT We reserve the right to substitute with larger or smaller plants depending on the time of year.
LAVATERA 'Barnsley'

LAVATERA 'Barnsley'  >

Shrubby mallow
Flowers palest pink with red eye
LIBERTIA grandiflora

LIBERTIA grandiflora  >

New Zealand satin flower
Pure white ixia-like flowers
LUPINUS arboreus

LUPINUS arboreus  >

Tree lupin, Yellow tree lupin
Tree lupin flowers normally pale yellow but occasionally blue
Tiny maidenhair-like foliage, good climber or ground cover, small star-like greenish white flowers
OLEARIA x haastii
Tiny leaves, white daisy flowers
OLEARIA macrodonta

OLEARIA macrodonta  >

Arorangi, Daisy bush, New Zealand holly
Greyish green holly-like leaves, good for a coastal shelter
OLEARIA x scilloniensis
Elongated silver leaves, white daisy bush
OLEARIA solandri 'Aurea'
Fine gold foliage and small creamy-yellow flowers. Good in coastal conditions
PHLOMIS italica
White hairy stems and leaves with pale lilac flowers
PINUS radiata

PINUS radiata  >

Insignis pine, Monterey pine
(Syn. Insignis) - the very best tall growing windbreak in an exposed position


Australian laurel, Tobira
White stephanotis-like scented flowers in JUN-JUL, excellent for coastal planting
Architectural green foliage

QUERCUS ilex  >

Evergreen oak, Holm oak
Evergreen oak, excellent for windy or coastal conditions
ROSA rugosa

ROSA rugosa  >

Hedgehog rose, Japanese rose, Ramanas rose
ROSA rugosa 'Alba'

ROSA rugosa 'Alba'  >

Hedgehog rose, Japanese rose, Ramanas rose
White, single flowers
ROSMARINUS officinalis 'Prostratus'
Pale blue, semi-prostrate
RUTA graveolens 'Jackman's Blue'
Bluish grey foliage, good in coastal exposure. Severely toxic to skin in sunlight
SAMBUCUS nigra 'Aurea'
Golden-yellow leaves
SANTOLINA chamaecyparissus
Fine silver foliage, yellow flowers
SEDUM spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco'
Silver grey succulent leaves and yellow flowers
STACHYS lanata 'Silver Carpet'

STACHYS lanata 'Silver Carpet'  >

Lambs' ear, Woolly betony
(Syn. Byzantina) - whitish-grey felted leaves
TEUCRIUM fruticans

TEUCRIUM fruticans  >

Shrubby germander
Stiff growth, silver foliage, pale blue flowers

TRACHYCARPUS fortunei  >

Chusan fan palm, Windmill palm
A slow growing architectural palm which develops a hairy trunk. Please ask for quotations for larger sizes
ULEX europaeus

ULEX europaeus  >

Common gorse, Furze, Whin

ULEX europaeus 'Flore Pleno'
Double flowering gorse

VIBURNUM tinus  >

Compact growing evergreen shrub with white flowers in winter and spring followed by blue-black fruits
VIBURNUM tinus 'Eve Price'
Buds carmine opening white, compact habit
VIBURNUM tinus 'Lucidum'

VIBURNUM tinus 'Lucidum'  >

French laurustinus
clear white flowers
WEIGELA florida 'Variegata'
Palest pink flowers, handsome variegated foliage
YUCCA filamentosa

YUCCA filamentosa  >

Adam's needle, Silk grass, Spoonleaf yucca
Dwarfish yucca with white flowers
YUCCA gloriosa

YUCCA gloriosa  >

Adam's needle, Candle yucca, Palm lily
Stiff, strongest spine tipped green leaves. Huge flower spikes of creamy-white flowers when mature

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