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Coastal

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Developing a coastal area into garden is one of the most challenging situations for any gardener. With harsh elements to work with – sandy soils, salt wind, strong gales and minimal moisture – it is best to focus on what will grow naturally in that area. The old saying ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ applies here.

Initially there must be some shelter established. Pohutukawa, Ngaio, Karo, Flax, Taupata are the main species to do this. In very exposed areas, plan to do this the first year, along with some other structural planting of the garden (flax, toetoe, hebes etc) and complete the garden the following year.

The water, sand and headlands are the main focus in a coastal garden, with the plants becoming the frame for your view. Keep it simple with groups and repetitions. Stones, driftwood and shells combine well in these plantings to blend it into your environment.

Some extra compost/topsoil in each planting hole with a fertiliser tablet and Rainsaver will give good results. But there is no substitute for choosing the right plants for the site. Work with nature on this one, accept the harsh lessons and continue on – the rewards will be a stunning garden!
 

Plant Suggestions for Coastal gardens
  Botanical Name Common Name
1
  Metrosideros Pohutukawa & hybrids
2
  Cordyline australis Cabbage Tree
3
  Phormium tenax Harakeke Flax
4
  Phormium cookianum Wharariki Flax
5
  Pittosporum crassifolium Karo
6
  Myoporum laetum Ngaio
7
  Corynocarpus laevigatus Karaka
8
  Astelia chatamica Silver Spear
9
  Cortaderia toetoe Toetoe
10
  Poa cita Silver Tussock
11
  Brachyglottis Silver Cloud  
12
  Meuhlenbeckia astonii  
13
  Coprosma Cutie  
14
  Phormium Emerald Gem Dwarf Flax
15
  Hebe Inspiration  
16
  Hebe Inspiration  
17
  Poa cita Silver Tussock
18
  Hebe speciosa Blue  
19
  Disphyma australe NZ Ice Plant
20
  Hebe La Seduisante  
21
  Hebe speciosa  
22
  Hebe Inspiration  
23
  Brachyglottis greyii Coastal Daisy
24
  Coprosma Cutie  
25
  Brachyglottis greyii Coastal Daisy
26
  Brachyglottis greyii Coastal Daisy
27
  Arthropodium Renga Renga Lily
28
  Helictotrichon Blue Oat Grass
29
  Carex spp Sedge Grass
30
  Pimelea prostrate Blue NZ Daphne
31
  Coprosma acerosa  
32
  Myoporum debile  
33
  Myosotidium hortensa Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not
34
  Xeronema callistemon Poor Knights Lily

By no means limit yourself to the plants suggested. Substitute as appropriate for your site and situation.

 

 


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