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How To Plant An Exposed Site...
Exposed gardens can present difficult growing conditions for a keen gardener, they are not always necessarily situated on a hill side or up a mountain it may be a coastal garden but what ever the situation of the garden it can potentially pose huge problems. The wind and sun can scorch a plants leaves as well as quickly drying out the soil so water retention may be a problem, then the plants could have difficulty becoming established. Wind can cause massive damage up rooting plants breaking branches and stems and then there is snow and ice as well as freezing conditions to consider.

A shelter belt is definitely required and wind tolerant hedges and trees certainly need to be considered these would filter any harsh gusts of wind. Erecting a fence can be costly and if the garden is very open there is always the possibility of it blowing down.

Once a windbreak is established you have created an area to grow a wider range of plants.


Plants that are suitable for exposed gardens...

Larger Shrubs
Acer
Aucuba
Buddleja
Chamaecyparis
Crataegus
Cytisus
Eleagnus
Enkianthus
Forsythia
Griselinia
Hydrangea
Juniperus
Ilex
Laurel
Ligstrum
Mahonia
Picea
Pine
Ribes
Rosa rugosa
Sambucus
Syringa
Thuja
Viburnum
Yew


Medium to low growing shrubs
Berberis
Buxus
Ceanothus
Cistus
Cotinus
Cotoneaster
Erica
Escallonia
Euonymus
Fuchsia
Genista
Hebe
Helianthemum
Hydrangea
Hypericum
Juniperus
Lavender
Pyracantha
Rose
Spirea
Thuja


Perennials
Acanthus Mollis
Achillea
Alchemilla Mollis
Anemone
Anthemis
Arabis
Armeria
Artemisia
Aster
Astilbe
Aubrieta
Aquilegia
Bergenia
Campanula
Chrysanthemum
Crocosmia
Dianthus
Echinops
Erigeron
Erodium
Erynigium
Geranium
Heuchera
Iberis
Kniphofia
Lavender
Leucanthemum
Lynis
Lysmachia
Osteospermum
Poppy
Potentilla
Phormium
Rudbeckia
Saxifraga
Scabiosa
Sempervivum
Solidago
Sedum
Viola


Grasses
Astelia
Carex
Cortadia
Deschamsia
Festuca
Miscanthus
Ophiopogon
Panicum


Bulbs
Allium
Bluebell
Crocus
Chinodoxa
Tulip


Annuals
Alyssum
Antirrhinum
Calendula
Cosmos
Gazania
Godetia
Poppy
Zinnia

Herbs
Chives
Rosemary
Thyme

Climbers
Hedra
Jasmine
Parthenocissuss


Trees
Acacia
Acer
Alnus
Ash
Birch
Callistamon
Conifer
Corylus
Eucalyptus
Fagus
Laburnum
Poplar
Quercus
Salix
Sorbus


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"Exposed gardens are often subjected to strong winds and cold conditions find out what to grow in these awkward to plant gardens."