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By Mobee_1

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Hi there everyone! I am looking for advice on what to grow in a border in my garden on the east coast of scotland - near Berwick. I am a bit stuck on what will survive in an expose spot near a cliff edge, where the wind whips around off the sea.. The border will also be in full sun for part of the day. I thought succulents would be the only option. Please help me readers??



I live inland near Jedburgh so I'm no expert on coastal plantings, but if you're in an exposed location the most important thing you can do is plant a hedge to filter the wind. Try something like Ulex europeaus (gorse), Escallonia or perhaps Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn). For other planting you could try Crocosmia (montbretia), Eryngium planum (sea holly), Sedum spectabile (ice plant), Armeria maritima (sea thrift) - basically anything with 'sea' in the common name or 'maritima' as the species! (Make sure they're hardy though). Hope this helps!

25 May, 2011


Hi Mobee,
...broom (cytisus), lots of lovely ones to choose from (not just yellow)...thrift...yarrow...some cornflowers...some fabulous succulents...
...and some yucca!

...lots and lots (sorry, don't know all the botanical names!)

25 May, 2011


The late Derek Jarman planted a beautiful coastal garden in Dungeness. If you google Coastal Gardens and look for Prospect Cottage it will give you loads of interesting plants that will tolerate the conditions that you describe.

26 May, 2011

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