A Seaside Garden in June

This 15m x 30m south-facing seaside plot descends steeply to a shingle beach overlooking the English Channel. When the owners moved there, little was growing in the heavy clay, apart from a threadbare lawn. The simplest solution was to cover the entire plot with a weedproof membrane concealed under pebbles, apart from flower beds which were positioned haphazardly, and filled with plants, onlyy to be uprooted by winter winds. The answer lay in creating raised beds from lengths of driftwood, elliptical in shape with the highest side facing the wind. Only then were plants sufficiently protected that they could take root and flourish‚ salt tolerant varieties such as marigolds, sea campion, thrift, cotton lavender, camomile, phlomis, salsify and aquilegia.

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