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The Best Hedging for Coastal Areas

Hedging in coastal areas is often subject to quite harsh conditions. Salty air and high winds aren't ideal for all plants, but some are quite happy growing in these areas. On coastal sites near the sea, hedging protects from storm waves and wind, absorbs excess water, and reduces erosion. This type of hedging has been used for centuries and is becoming increasingly popular in coastal areas worldwide due to its ability to protect coastal communities from the impacts of climate change. Bowhayes have some excellent hedging for you, whether you are overlooking the sea and needing protection or just in an area that suffers from the salty air nearby. Generally, this type of hedging is hardy and will grow in any challenging position, including inland exposed areas, or it likes the more sunny, slightly moist air.


Which coastline hedging plants should I choose?

Oleaster - An extremely hardy evergreen shrub, perfect for hedging in coastal sites. This highly sturdy evergreen shrub uniquely produces its flowers in autumn, with orange edible fruits appearing in spring.

Griselinia littoralis - This dense, bushy, evergreen species provides safe habitat for birds who also enjoy its fruit as a food source. Griselinia makes an excellent hedge and screen and is commonly used in coastal locations due to its salt tolerance.

Red Robin - Is suitable for most locations and soil types, frost tolerant and happy in exposed positions. It provides striking year-round colour and is known for its bright red young leaves.

Privet - Can handle exposed sites and is suitable for most locations and soil types Privet is exceptionally hardy. This fast-growing shrub is tolerant of pollution, and due to its density, it creates a great screen, wind-proofing, and noise reduction.

Beech - Thrives well in well-drained chalky and acids soils and can handle exposed areas. The leaves are green in summer but turn to shades of yellow, red and orange in the autumn. Although deciduous, it usually holds onto some leaves, providing privacy and shelter during winter.

Box - Common Box is most popularly used for hedging and topiary. It is suitable for most locations and soil types. When used as a hedging plant, it provides dense foliage, which can be easily shaped and gives year-round interest.


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