It’s not just the beach!

Life on the beach is pretty glam, let’s face it, but at Coastal Plants, we are not just about the beach! There are only a lucky few whose gardens front the sea, but there are many more that live within close proximity. The further inland, the less extreme the conditions, especially from a salt-laden winds point of view. All enjoy conditions that allow an exciting range of plants to thrive.

We are new, small and our plant range is currently more general-coastal than beach, but that will change. We are procuring and growing plants, often from seed (of local provenance when we can get it) and our range will expand and be grouped into zones/habitats as appropriate. Our potting mixes vary with the habitat-type (peat-free of course) and we add sand and other elements in as needed. We aim to provide plants (trade) to designers, architects and landscapers for private and public projects.

Vegetated shingle plants, Pagham, West Sussex

I’ve worked in and designed/installed many types of landscapes and gardens over the years; after many explorations and work in the UK and internationally, I’ve decided to focus on designing coastal gardens and growing coastal plants; it helps having a 4000m2 greenhouse (left over from growing living walls) and wondering what to do with it – and Covid travel restrictions have played a hand too! We are lucky here on the South coast to have so many amazing beaches with such a wide range of plants. I particularly love the vegetated shingle at Pagham, just a few miles from us. It’s a wonderful mix of native flora adapted to that environment, and garden escapes, which have also found a home there. It happens because of all the beach-houses that front directly onto the shingle. This mix (of native and adaptive) is fascinating and provides info and inspiration for our plant choice.

Cerastium tomentosum, Snow-in-Summer, just one of the garden escapees on Pagham beach.

So having said it’s not all about the beach, I’ve talked all about the beach! Seriously, here’s a shot of my garden, some five miles inland and on flat, alluvial gravels. At times windy, very free-draining (although a lot of coastal sites are heavy clay) and fertile (too much so maybe), I can grow plants here that you can’t grow ten miles Northwards, once you cross the South Downs.

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My garden, with Crambe (Sea Kale), Ballota, Cistus, Artemisia & Euphorbia

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