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Planting & Design for Seaside and Shelter


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Planting & Design for Seaside and Shelter
  • Date of publication: 8 April 2013
  • ISBN-10: 1 85341 139 6
  • Paperback ISBN-13: 978 1 85341 139 7 (paperback only)
  • Pages: 106
  • Images: 85 colour photos and 26 line drawings, plans and map
  • Dimensions: 210 x 297 mm (A4 landscape format)
  • Weight: 430 grams (unwrapped)
Author(s): Deborah (Debbie) Jolley


Designing a garden by the sea poses special problems for the designer. High winds and salt spray can wreak havoc with planting schemes. The need to provide sheltered areas for sitting and entertaining may be difficult to achieve.

On the positive side, the proximity of the sea greatly reduces the chances of damaging spring frosts. The designer may choose from a far wider palette of plants than is possible further inland including the exotic and sub-tropical species currently in vogue.

A balance between providing sufficient shelter to satisfy the clients’ needs and allowing views to the sea to be maintained and enhanced is the challenge facing every designer.

Design and Planting for Seaside and Shelter explains the particular process of analysis needed for maritime environments, the effects of wind and salt spray and the microclimates created by sea and wind. The establishment and maintenance of shelter belts is fully explained and practical information on the choice and implementation of planting schemes. A suggested list of suitable plants for windswept sites is included.

Each chapter is accompanied by case studies of actual gardens with helpful information from the designers and gardeners involved.

Design and Planting for Seaside and Shelter provides the designer with a thorough understanding of the principles involved and will be an invaluable aid for designing and maintaining gardens by the sea.

This book is part of the series of Workshops on Garden Design, which is aimed at novice and newly-qualified garden and landscape designers.


Introduction; Key Factors Affecting a Maritime Site – the maritime climate, the effect of wind, direction of the wind, amelioration of the climate by the sea, orientation, access to water; Case studies: two contrasting small gardens – an exposed garden in Newhaven, East Sussex, and one in Aldwick Bay, Bognor Regis, West Sussex; Site Analysis in a Coastal Situation – views, access, shelter, outdoor sitting and entertaining, soil types, local plant life, negative aspects; Case studies: gardens on the sea front at Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, and at Rottingdean, West Sussex; Developing the Design – the concept or bubble plan, themes, a seaside theme, sunken sitting area; Case studies – garden at Winchelsea Beach, East Sussex, ‘Baywatch’ near Dublin, Ireland, nautical themes; Naturalistic Planting in Exposed Sites – endemic plants, native versus exotic plants; Case studies – West Mill, north Devon, coastal garden near Montrose, Angus, Scotland; Shelter and Windbreaks – artificial shelter belts, living shelter belts, first line-of-defence shrubs, hardy shrubs, shrubs of borderline hardiness, trees for windbreaks and shelter belts (deciduous and evergreen windbreak trees), combined artificial and living shelter (hedges, suggested hedging plants); Case studies – gardens with established shelter belts (Inverewe, north-west Scotland; Tresco, Isles of Scilly; the Old Vicarage, East Ruston, Norfolk; Trelissick, Falmouth, Cornwall; Redlap House, Stoke Fleming, Devon); Planting and Maintenance – native maritime plants, maritime plants from outside the British Isles, choosing suitable plants, planting and aftercare, renovation of existing shelter belts; Case studies – Prospect Cottage, Dungeness, Kent, garden at Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex; Plants for Maritime Conditions – shrubs, climbers and wall shrubs, perennials, annuals, grasses and bamboos; Conclusion; Bibliography; Gardens to Visit; List of Nurseries; Index.


Students of garden design and landscape architecture; landscape contractors.

Author / Compiler

Deborah (Debbie) Jolley

Deborah (Debbie) Jolley

Debbie Jolley  originally trained as a lawyer and practised in the City of London before studying garden design at the English Gardening School, then located at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Her design practice was based on the south coast of England in Kent and Sussex, where she was also able to pursue her passion for sailing. She became a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers (MSGD) and taught garden design at West Dean College, near Chichester.


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