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Looking for eyecatching plant for shallow planter in exposed seaside garden

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can anyone suggest something for this planter - it's right outside our front door so needs to be dramatic but we are just back from the shore so it's really exposed! You can see what the wind has done to my depressed little tree! Tried buxus balls but I think their rootballs were too big for the planter.

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  • turmericturmeric Posts: 820

    Firstly I'd check that the drainage hole in the pot is clear and not blocked up with soil.  Then what about Erigeron karvinskianus. Very pretty and quite tough and would billow over the edges?  You could add some thrift (Armeria maritima)?  Alternatively what about one smallish stunning Agave? Very stylish. or Festuca glauca or a phormium?  

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,085

    SEA KALE?

    NOT ONLY A CONVERSATION PIECE BUT EDIBLE TOO.

    https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Crambe+maritima

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • I was hoping to not have to do too much other than water it! I'll move the existing trees as they don't look very happy! 

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,627

    Great recommendations already. I do think, remove that green plant, clearly unhappy, and maybe look at Eryngium, the sea holly and have that in the middle with Erigeron Karvinskianus around the edges. Nice cool colours.

  • Perhaps some variety of cotoneaster? 

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,724

    Also very windy here, (10 minutes from sea) in pots, I have planted 3 Pittosporum crassifolium, they are evergreen and have fragrrant mauve flowers in spring, says ideal for coastal planing.  Also a Pittosporum Tobira the other side, scented white flowers, they grow right along the sea front, some sites say they are not hardy but they do fine there.

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,724

    By the porch I have 2 red phormiums, also.

  • frittererfritterer Cornwall-On-SeaPosts: 28

    This traiing plant, Convolvulus mauritanicus has survived 3 very windy winters down here in Cornwall:

    https://www.sarahraven.com/flowers/plants/container_plants/convolvulus_mauritanicus.htm

  • Heather?

  • I'd think of the Convolvulus too. But the constraining factor is the size of the rootball which does not look to me very large--so you'd need something which is evolved to suit a small pocket of rather droughty soil in sea winds. I don't think anything too statuesque will cope for more than a season in this size of container. You might have some luck with Agapanthus or Argyranthemum, or possibly Aeonium? 

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