Garden on the shore, Sandymount

A garden adjacent to the sea, overlooking Sandymount Strand. We conceived the garden as a 'gift' to passers by - the owners have a long private back garden, so this garden is very much for the enjoyment of all. It is dynamic, ever-changing and lively, with swirling lines of plants filled in with frothy and billowy sections.

The garden after paving has been completed but before any planting has taken place.

Parking for one car is set in a sea of well-prepared soil. The owners had originally wanted a lawn, but we persuaded them that it would be difficult to maintain and seldom used, as they had a large, sunny and private back garden. Our aim was to give the house a degree of screening and also to give passers by an interesting and vibrant garden to enjoy.

Planting work begins. Bags of manure in the background will be used as a top-dressing after planting. This will keep moisture in the soil, improve soil structure as worms pull it down into the sol and keep down weeds.

A few months in and already plants are starting to do their thing.


The plants were all planted in large curvaceous swirls and lines.

Echium pinaniana and Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant' are both excellent seaside plants.

Echiums can reach up to three metres in height and are a magnet for bees.

Always changing throughout the year, and also as the years pass and plants move from place to place, this garden requires two full days of skilled maintenance per year, but has no requirement for weekly care such as grass cutting or watering.

Late winer (February)


Agapanthus 'Sunfield'    24
Allium 'Purple Sensation'    25
Betula jacquemontii    7
Callistemon citrinus    1
Carex petrerii    24
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'    1
Clianthus puniceus    1
Cordyline australis    1
Cornus capitata    1
Crocosmia 'Lucifer'    7
Echium pininiana    6
Eryngium planum    7
Euphorbia longifolia    8
Euphorbia characias 'Wulfenii'    15
Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow'    8
Euphorbia mellifera    2
Geranium macorrhisum 'Spessart'    8
Grevillia rosmarinifolius    1
Hebe buxuifolia 'Nana'    25
Hebe vernicosa    30
Hoheria glabrata    1
Hosta 'Sum and Substance'    8
Iberis sempervirens ' Snowflake'    12
Trachleospermum jasminoides    2
Liriope muscari    16
Magnolia sieboldii    1
Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'    32
Ophiophogon planiscapens nigra    7
Phormium 'Yellow Wave'    3
Phyllostachys bissettii    2
Pittosporum tobira    1
Polygonatum odoratum    1
Polystichum setiferum    8
Romneya coulteri    1
Salvia azurea    5
Scabiosa 'Blue Diamonds'    12
Sedum broderi    16
Sempervivum fimbricatum    24
Thymus x citrodorus 'Golden King'    24
Verbena bonariensis    7
Viola 'Freckles'    24