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East facing windy coastal garden ideas??

Hi all,

I'm in the process of getting our east facing front garden done up. It's on the NE coast of Scotland, so quite cool, usually quite dry and VERY windy. I can't emphasise enough how wild it gets in autumn- winter here as our street runs roughly n-s and most houses on the street don't have high walls. The garden gets all the morning sun and the edge furthest from the house gets some after lunch in summer. I'm planning a gravel/ pebble covered surface with salt tolerant plants and grasses that can take wind, plus I figured some low lying alpines might be ok in a low rockery as the soil is well drained, assuming they'll get enough sun if not right next to house? Also trying to work out what windbreaks to add which will allow some wind through but also not block out light in different angles? does anyone have suggestions on how to divide a garden sensibly to use light carefully and ideas for coastal shrubs which are more evergreen and not too 'scruffy' looking which could maybe act as a natural fence eventually.

sorry for the long-winded message!

thanks Julia.


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,265

    Hi Julia. I have copied and pasted a link from (the much disliked by some) Thompson and Morgan. Its just that they have a comprehensive list of plants shrubs and trees that will suit your conditions and you can then do your research to see what you like.

    Good luck!

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • juliamhjuliamh Posts: 2

    Thanks Ladybird, will take a look :)

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