Garden Centre Retail has rounded up the best plants for your customer’s coastal garden.
Heuchera ‘Amethyst Myst’
alum root ‘Amethyst Myst’
Heuchera are more or less evergreen, clump-forming perennials with attractive, rounded, shallowly palmately lobed leaves and racemes or panicles of small, tubular flowers, often with colourful calyces.
‘Amethyst Myst’ forms a neat clump of wine-red leaves, suffused with silvery-grey between the veins, and deep red beneath, with sprays of small off-white flowers in early summer.
BEST USE: Flower borders and beds; Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs; City & Courtyard Gardens; Coastal; Cottage & Informal Garden; Patio & Container Plants; Rock Garden.
Iris ‘Hello Darkness’ (TB)
iris ‘Hello Darkness’
Iris may be rhizomatous or bulbous perennials, with narrow leaves and erect stems bearing flowers with 3 large spreading or pendent fall petals, alternating with 3 erect, often smaller, standard petals, in late winter, spring or early summer.
Tall Bearded irises are herbaceous rhizomatous perennials to 70cm or more, with flowers 10-20cm across, bearded on the falls, in late spring and early summer.
‘Hello Darkness’ is a vigorous, spreading plant with glaucous foliage to 65cm, erect, or lax at edge of clump. Standards are overlapping, purple with blue and violet tones, paling towards centre. Falls are drooping to incurved, velvety with crimped margins, deep purple violet approaching black. Beard fairly conspicuous, violet blue.
BEST USE: Flower borders and beds; Wall-side Borders; City & Courtyard Gardens; Coastal; Cottage & Informal Garden.
Sedum kamtschaticum var. kamtschaticum‘Variegatum’ (v)
variegated orange stonecrop
Sedum may be annuals or herbaceous or evergreen perennials with succulent stems and leaves and clusters of small, star-shaped flowers in summer or autumn.
‘Variegatum’ is a semi-evergreen perennial forming a low clump to 10cm in height, with fleshy, bluntly toothed obovate leaves margined with creamy-white and tinged pink, and loose clusters of starry bright yellow flowers in late summer.
BEST USE: Flower borders and beds; Garden Edging; City & Courtyard Gardens; Coastal; Cottage & Informal Garden; Gravel Garden; Patio & Container Plants; Rock Garden; Wildlife Gardens.
Salvia microphylla ‘Cerro Potosí’
baby sage ‘Cerro Potosi’
Salvia can be annuals, biennials, herbaceous or evergreen perennials, or shrubs. They have paired, simple or pinnately lobed, often aromatic leaves and 2-lipped flowers in whorls, forming simple or branched spikes or racemes.
‘Cerro Potosi’ is an evergreen shrub to 90cm tall, with neat, aromatic, light green leaves and magenta-pink tubular flowers from mid-summer to late autumn.
BEST USE: Flower borders and beds; Wall-side Borders; City & Courtyard Gardens; Coastal; Cottage & Informal Garden; Patio & Container Plants.
Echinops ritro L.
Echinops can be annuals, biennials or perennials with simple or pinnately lobed, spiny leaves and spherical blue or whitish flower-heads.
E. ritro is a robust, upright herbaceous perennial, with jaggedy-divided, prickly dark green leaves whitish beneath. Rounded, violet-blue flower heads on silvery, branched, leafy stems.
BEST USE: Flower borders and beds; Cut Flowers; Low Maintenance; Cottage & Informal Garden; Wildlife Gardens; Gravel Garden; Coastal.
Eschscholzia can be annuals or perennials, with finely divided leaves and solitary, long-stalked, poppy-like yellow, orange or red flowers, followed by conspicuous long seed-pods.
E. californica is a vigorous bushy, spreading annual to 30cm, with finely divided blue-green leaves and orange, yellow or red flowers to 7cm across in summer.
BEST USE: Flower borders and beds; Cut Flowers; Cottage & Informal Garden; Gravel Garden; Rock Garden; Coastal.
Eucryphia lucida ‘Gilt Edge’ (v)
leatherwood ‘Gilt Edge’
Eucryphia can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs or trees, with simple or pinnate leaves and solitary bowl-shaped white flowers in the leaf axils in summer or autumn.
‘Gilt Edge’ is an evergreen tree of dense, broadly columnar habit, with dark green, oblong leaves with a fine, pale yellow border, and saucer-shaped white flowers, 5cm across, in early to mid-summer.
BEST USE: Flower borders and beds; Low Maintenance; Wall-side Borders; Coastal; Cottage & Informal Garden.
Euphorbia characias subsp. characias‘Burrow Silver’ (v)
spurge ‘Burrow Silver’
Euphorbia can be annuals, perennials, shrubs or succulents, with milky sap and small flowers held within cupped, often colourful bracts.
‘Burrow Silver’ is an evergreen perennial with narrow, cream-edged, green leaves and large, showy clusters of similarly variegated flower bracts, containing small green-yellow, flowers from early spring to mid-summer.
BEST USE: Flower borders and beds; Drought Resistant; City & Courtyard Gardens; Coastal; Cottage & Informal Garden; Architectural; Gravel Garden.
Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum Kilimanjaro= ‘Jww1’ (PBR)
Japanese snowball [Kilimanjaro]
Viburnum can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with opposite, simple or palmately lobed leaves and clusters of small, often fragrant white or pink flowers, followed by red, blue or black berries.
Kilimanjaro is a pyramidal shrub with spreading, layered branches clothed in tapered, deeply-veined dark green leaves which turn red-purple in autumn. Dense spherical white flowerheads, produced in abundance during late spring, age to pale pink and are followed by masses of deep red berries maturing to black. Additional flowers are borne in late summer. Winner of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year in 2015.
BEST USE: Coastal; Cottage & Informal Garden; City & Courtyard Gardens.