Get coastal salt tolerant plants

What plants for planting at coastal, salt-laden areas?

The first thing to do is plant some windbreaks to slow that fierce wind down.
It’s better if you can filter the wind with hedging or netting rather than have a solid wall, which causes a lot of wind turbulence and damage on the leeward side.
A windbreak that filters the air will reduce the wind speed on its leeward side for a distance of about ten times its height.

Very large coastal windbreak plants:

(Sorry we don’t sell these)

  • Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra) has a height of 30 metres and spread of 7 metres.
  • Broad-Leaved Cockspur Thorn and it’s varieties (ie Crataegus x persimilis Prunifolia) has a height of about 8 metres and spread of 10 metres.
  • Common Elder (Alnus glutinosa) grows up to a height of 20 metres and a spread of 8 metres.
  • Holm Oak (Quercus ilex) has a height of 25 metres and spread of 20 metres.
  • Silver Poplar (Populus alba) has a height of 30 metres and spread of 25 metres. [1]

Medium sized coastal windbreak plants:

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  • Common Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) has a height and spread of about 6 metres.
  • Elaeagnus x ebbingei grows to about 4 metres high and wide.
  • Japanese Spindle (Euonymus japonicus) has a height of 4 metres and spread of 2 metres.
  • New Zealand Holly (Olearia macrodonta) has a height and spread of 5 metres.
  • Rugosa Rose (Rosa rugosa) has a height and spread of about 2 metres.
  • Tamarix tetrandra reaches a height and spread of 3 metres. [1]

Plants for a coastal position:

Once the windbreak is in place, quite a wide range of plants can be grown that are tolerant to coastal, salt laden air – here’s ourĀ coastal selection.

Plants and flowers by post:

Here at Boundary Nursery, our aim is to only send you good quality plants of the highest quality.
The majority of our plants are offered in two sizes in 9cm pots or the larger 11cm pot.

The reality is that a plant in a 9cm pot is only about a month of growing time behind a plant in a 11cm or a couple of months behind a 2 litre pot.
Our plants will grow away quickly in warm weather and with enough moisture.

An example of our 9cm plants:

Group of nine mail order plants
Group of nine mail order plants
Plant availability:

The plants offered are available throughout the year SUBJECT TO WEATHER CONDITIONS and whilst stocks last.
This is an on-line mail order catalogue which means that it is not a live stock list, and at times there may be a ‘blip’ in the plants availability.
Also some plants can only be offered in limited quantities due to being rare, difficult to propagate, etc.
Whilst others, due to their own requirements, can only be offered at certain times – please see our list for these.
We hope you will enjoy looking through our comprehensive catalogue of plants by post.

The care of your new plants:

Remember that in sunny weather, the plant roots will not be very far down into the soil and will be relying on you to supply it’s water requirements.
But be aware, if the soil remains too wet every day, then that could cause the roots to suffer.