Plants for Exposed Sites

The biggest threat in an exposed garden is dehydration. These plants have adapted to harsh, windy conditions by either storing water in their leaves or roots, or by reducing their loss of water through their leaves.
From: DK Books - Learn to Garden
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Butterfly Bush

Buddleja davidii ‘Fascinating’; Large, fast-growing, deciduous shrub whose lilac-pink flowers are irresistible to butterflies. H 10 ft (3 m); S 15 ft (5 m).

Blackthorn or Sloe

Prunus spinosa ‘Purpurea’; A hardy tree or shrub with sharp spines that makes a good hedge. Its edible black fruits are favored by both birds and gin drinkers. H 15 ft (5 m); S 12 ft (4 m).

Sea Kale

Crambe maritime; A perennial native to coastal areas with tough, leathery leaves and large clusters of small, white flowers. Stems can be eaten as a vegetable. H 30 in (75 cm); S 24 in (60 cm).

Juniper

Juniperus squamata ‘Meyeri’; An evergreen, coniferous shrub with blue-green foliage. Originally from the Himalayas, so tolerant of extreme weather. H 12–30 ft (4–10 m); S 20–25 ft (6–8 m).

Othonna

Othonna cheirifolia; Evergreen shrub with fleshy leaves and daisylike yellow flowers in summer. H 24 in (60 cm); S 3 ft (1 m).

Rose

Rosa ‘Hertfordshire’; Ground-cover rose, with large clusters of flat, carmine-pink blooms, freely produced from summer to fall. H 18 in (45 cm); S 3 ft (1 m).

Curry Plant

Helichrysum italicum; Small, evergreen shrub with strongly aromatic, silvery gray leaves. H 24 in (60 cm); S 3 ft (1 m).

Griselinia

Griselinia littoralis; Good as single plants but also useful as hedging or a coastal windbreak. Vigorous. H to 25 ft (8 m); 15 ft (5 m).

Tamarisk

Tamarix x ramosissima; Deciduous shrub with feathery leaves and tiny pink flowers. Withstands winds and sea spray. H 15 ft (5 m); S 15 ft (5 m).

Cinquefoil

Potentilla fruticosa ‘Red Ace’; A compact, deciduous, flowering shrub that is fully hardy and tolerant of poor soil. H 3 ft (1 m); S 5 ft (1.5 m).

Pineapple Broom

Cytisus battandieri; Pineapple-scented flowers in mid- to late summer. H 15 ft (5 m); S 15 ft (5 m).

Blue Fescue

Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’; Tufted, evergreen grass, with spikelets of blue-green flowers in summer. H to 12 in (30 cm); S 10 in (25 cm).

Yellow Horned Poppy

Glaucium flavum; Branched gray stems of golden yellow or orange poppylike flowers, in summer. H 12–36 in (30–90 cm); S to 18 in (45 cm).

Sea Buckthorn

Hippophae rhamnoides; Silver-green, deciduous shrub often used for windbreaks, hedges, and to stabilize sand dunes. H 20 ft (6 m); S 20 ft (6 m).

Corn Cockle

Agrostemma githago; A fast-growing annual that requires full sun and flowers best on poor soils. H 24–36 in (60-90 cm); S 12 in (30 cm).