Vegetated Shingle

Where beach shingle exists, a unique range of plants may grow. Valerian, sea kale and Eryngium are just some of the plants you will find. This look can be replicated easily in most coastal or beach gardens and we can subtly enhance and expand the range of plants used.

Red valerian and sea kale in flower
Vegetated shingle at Pagham, West Sussex – sea kale

We can easily interpret the above into a garden setting, provided we simulate, to a certain degree, the free-draining conditons. Indeed in the examples above (Pagham, W Sussex), many garden plants have escaped onto the beach, where they live quite happily – curry plant, Cotoneaster and Spanish broom are just a few examples.

A simulated shingle beach/gravel planting in a garden setting