Hydrangea Shrubs - Hydrangea macrophylla
Hydrangeas are great shrubs that flower all summer and autumn. They make
great informal hedges that require little shelter and thrive in windy
gardens. There are many colors and cultivars available. Choose depending
on desired color and size. Mophead or lacecap Hydrangeas are equally
good for a hedge in a coastal garden. The flower color can vary
depending on the pH and mineral content of the soil.
Check out this page for Hydrangea growing tips.
There are many varieties of Hebes available that are suitable for a
hedge. They vary greatly in size, flower and foliage color. You have the
choice between pink, blue or whites (and any color in between!).
Foliage color varies as well: dark green, mid green variegated or
Hebes tolerate a poor soil and require little to no care.
Prune them only when necessary and only a little bit. The Hebe varieties
with tough and leathery foliage withstand the maritime climate better
than the softer leafed ones.
Good varieties include Hebe 'Blue Gem', 'Midsummer Beauty', 'White Gem', 'Oratia Beauty', 'Sutherlandii' ...and many more.
Rosa rugosa 'Rubra'
These wild roses make great informal hedges and provide many benefits.
Their pink or white flowers have a magnificent perfume and are followed
by decorative orange-red rose hips. They can be included in natural
hedges and are great for attracting beneficial insects and birds to a
garden. They provide shelter and nourishment for a wide range of
These roses are easily grown in even in unfavorable
conditions. They are able to tolerate bad soil, weed competition and
exposure to wind and salt.
Check out this page for more in info on Rugosa Roses.
Pink Flower Carpet Rose
These compact roses make a lovely flowering hedge. They are disease
resistant and require little care. Available in pink, red, white, yellow
Have a look here for more info on Flower Carpet Roses.
Hypericum 'Hidcote' - St John's Wort
This semi-evergreen shrub has bright yellow flowers in summer and
autumn. They make lovely informal flowering hedges that are trouble-free
and require little care.
Height and spread 1.5 m. Hypericum is a good
flowering shrub for seaside areas.
Hardy Fuchsia Plants
Hardy Fuchsias make magnificent hedges with a long flowering season. There are many fuchsia varieties available but the more delicate ones are not suitable for this purpose.
Fuchsias are frost tender and benefit from deep planting and a thick layer of mulch to protect the roots in cold areas. In mild coastal areas, this is usually not a problem.
Fuchsia magellanica 'Ricartonii' - This is the so-called 'wild fuchsia'. This flowering shrub is a vigorous grower and can grow 2.5 m high. They can be grown as a formal or informal hedge. Trim them with hedge trimmers if you like a formal fuchsia hedge. Informal fuchsia hedges should be cut back hard every two to three years to keep the bushes dense and prevent them from going leggy.
This Fuchsia variety is excellent for seaside gardens.
Fuchsia 'Mrs. Popple' - This is also an excellent Fuchsia for a coastal garden. It grows up to 1 m high. Flowers are similar but larger than F. 'Ricartonii'
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