As we head into the colder months and the fine autumnal weather begins to turn, gardeners all over the country are preparing for seasonal rain and frost. But there is one thing that is often not taken into account – the wind. Whether you have a coastal garden or a particularly exposed corner, finding the right plants to withstand the onslaught of high winds can sometimes be a difficult task.
A relatively common plant, these hardy, low growing perennials are found all over the coastline as they thrive in windy conditions. Their daisy-like flower heads are a great way to bring colour to the garden in late summer through to autumn and they provide an excellent source of nectar for bees and butterflies.
The problem with using fences as a windbreak is that the wind will whip up and over the fence, dropping down the other side and causing turbulence. Trees such as hawthorn are perfect for breaking up the wind and reducing its velocity which is why they are so often used as hedgerows.
Salvias (also known as sages) are perfect for windy gardens as they are low-growing, provide beautiful flowers and fragrance, and gracefully sway in the wind.
Sometimes called cranesbills, hardy geraniums are a super popular choice for most gardens. This is because they are easy to grow, are super tough and need little in the way of maintenance. Their beautiful flowers come in a wide variety of shades and provide colour right through until the autumn months when they happily withstand the onslaught of high winds and poor conditions.
A lovely culinary herb to have in the garden, fennel is a perennial plant that blooms with yellow flowers in early summer, providing nectar to a range of insects. Fennel is a hardy herb that can tolerate poor conditions like drought, wind and rain.
Also known as Mexican feather grass, this ornamental grass is most happy swaying around in the wind. Its wispy yellow-green leaves and silver flowers are the perfect backdrop for brightly coloured flowers.
Alliums, also known as ornamental onions, look stunning amidst ornamental grasses and their beautiful flowers are a stunning array of fireworks from late spring through to summer.
Head on down to our store in Goonhavern or Chacewater for a wide range of beautiful plants for your garden. You can also follow us on Facebook for all the latest deals and seasonal offers, speak to a friendly and helpful member of staff by calling 01872 575088 or email us directly by heading over to our Contact Us page.