Shrubs are the main structural element of any garden, after trees. In a coastal garden, they may form an intrinsic part of a shelterbelt or wind break strategy. They give form and hide boundaries etc. A coastal garden without sheltering shrubs is unlikely to create effective microclimates that give rise to a wider diversity of planting and wildlife.

Viburnum tinus, Escallonia, Euonymus japonica and Grisellinia are some of our frontline stalwarts.

Hebe, Berberis, Phormium and Oleria as coastal shelter
Gorse and Genista in a coastal gravel garden
Berberis and Spirea
Salix eleagnos (correct spelling) – rosemary willow, a great coastal shrub