Trevisker Garden Centre Padstow Coastal Plants

Coastal Plants

Here are some tried and tested plant varieties for the coastal gardener. These
are our favourites and our shared wealth of knowledge from the last 20 odd
years of trying to grow in very windy conditions!!

Range of Coastal Plants

Coastal Hedging

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Stipa Arundinacea is one of our all time favourites! It gives all year round structure, colour and movement. Looks great in coastal style planting and beautiful paired with Verbena and Erigeron Karvinskianus.

 

Stipa Tenuissima (Pony Tails) is such a fab grass for the coastal tolerance and look. Mixes really well with Echinacea, Achillea, Rudbeckia, Verbena, Salvia, Nepeta, Eryngium and Erigeron.

 

Phormium these are such an amazingly useful architectural plant! They come in pink stripes, yellow stripes, reds and greens and are evergreen so a great plant for all year round colour. They are perfect for a pot or a border and are almost zero maintenance.

 

Astelia is a little like a Phormium with its gorgeous architectural spear shaped leaves. Eventual height is around 1.2m. Lovely in a pot and very good coastally.

 

Cordyline Australis or Cornish Palm. These have a special place in my heart. They look tropical, thrive in our windy conditions, grow around 10-30ft and are very easy to grow.

 

Libertia these are the most gorgeous shade of green. They will get to about 90cm tall, have lovely bright white flowers and self seed if you let them.

 

Cortaderia Richardii or Pampass Grass may sound like something you planted in the 70’s but believe me – they are a beautiful and useful plant. Growth is 2.5- 4metres.

 

Furcraea is a rather special Yucca like plant with summer flower spikes that can reach 10-12 feet.

Grasses and Spikey Plants

Trevisker Garden Centre Padstow Coastal Plants

Stipa Arundinacea is one of our all time favourites! It gives all year round structure, colour and movement. Looks great in coastal style planting and beautiful paired with Verbena and Erigeron Karvinskianus.

 

Stipa Tenuissima (Pony Tails) is such a fab grass for the coastal tolerance and look. Mixes really well with Echinacea, Achillea, Rudbeckia, Verbena, Salvia, Nepeta, Eryngium and Erigeron.

 

Phormium these are such an amazingly useful architectural plant! They come in pink stripes, yellow stripes, reds and greens and are evergreen so a great plant for all year round colour. They are perfect for a pot or a border and are almost zero maintenance.

 

Astelia is a little like a Phormium with its gorgeous architectural spear shaped leaves. Eventual height is around 1.2m. Lovely in a pot and very good coastally.

 

Cordyline Australis or Cornish Palm. These have a special place in my heart. They look tropical, thrive in our windy conditions, grow around 10-30ft and are very easy to grow.

 

Libertia these are the most gorgeous shade of green. They will get to about 90cm tall, have lovely bright white flowers and self seed if you let them.

 

Cortaderia Richardii or Pampass Grass may sound like something you planted in the 70’s but believe me – they are a beautiful and useful plant. Growth is 2.5- 4metres.

 

Furcraea is a rather special Yucca like plant with summer flower spikes that can reach 10-12 feet.

Perennials

Agapanthus is the jewel in the Cornish coastal garden’s crown. Stunning large blue flower heads. We are so privileged that they like growing in our environment.

 

Verbena Bonariensis is a great tall, purple flowering perennial for windy gardens. Flowers from summer to autumn.

 

Crocosmia has beautiful sprays of red or orange flowers in August and September and can grow up to 1m tall.

 

Sedum Matrona or Spectabile flowers Aug to Oct, grows about 75cm and the bees and butterflies love it. There are few plants more forgiving of sun, coastal conditions and bad soil!

 

Nepeta Six Hills Giant (Catmint) is vigorous, mound forming with grey/green foilage & lavender blue flowers that mixes well with grasses.

 

Echinacea (Coneflower) is loved by bees, butterflies and us. It’s pinky purple flowers look amazing in drifts with coastal grasses. Eventual height is 1.5m.

 

Achillea (Yarrow) again goes fabulously well with Stipa Tenuissima in drifts. We love it as it flowers from June to September and comes in lots of yummy colours.

 

Eryngium (Sea Holly) are a great statement plant that grow to around 50cm and flower July to August.

 

Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan) are gorgeous large golden, daisy like flowers on medium height plants that flower Aug to Oct.

 

Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker) an imposing dramatic splash of reds, oranges, yellows and grows to 1m. Flowers July to Aug.

 

Perovskia (Russian Sage) is tall, 1.2m, with lovely silvery aromatic leaves and spikes of bluey flowers in Aug and Sept.

Alpines and Stone Wall Plants

Erigeron Karvinskianus is great paired with Sea Breeze. It’s long and prolific in flowering and Sea Breeze gives lots of ground cover.

 

Osteospermum Juncundum is a perennial that’s perfectly suited to growing in Cornish stone walls – there are also annual varieties that look great in a pot but don’t get the two mixed up! Long flowering, easy to grow and great ground cover.

 

Armeria or Thrift or Sea Pinks can be seen growing wild on the cliffs. They make beautiful evergreen clumps that are smothered in pink flowers.

 

Lampranthus have THE brightest flowers I think I’ve ever seen and cover the plant in the summertime. They have succulent leaves and are great for trailing over a wall.

 

Sedum are some of my favourite plants. There’s lots of different varieties that are happy trailing over walls in coastal locations.

Herbs

Lavender is a fragrant classic with purple flowers from July to September that are highly attractive to bees and butterflies.

 

Rosemary makes a lovely stand alone plant or short hedge with aromatic leaves and flowers in early spring.

 

Thyme is a small evergreen, aromatic and tasty herb. Great for a pot or the border. Doone Valley is my all time favourite plant – give the leaves a rub then sniff.

 

Bay Tree (Laurus nobilis) is an evergreen shrub that can grow up 7.5m but can be clipped into shapes and is happy growing in a pot. The fresh leaves are stunning in cooking.