We’re all too familiar with windy weather conditions not just from living in the UK but also with many of us bordering the coast. We know being exposed to blustery conditions can get the better of our surroundings – with our gardens bearing the brunt of it.
But we’ve got some ideas to help you enjoy your garden even in the howling wind. By selecting planting suited to windy landscapes, creating natural windbreaks and structural options for shelter.
Choosing native plants can save you a lot of hassle. As the plants are made from and for the surroundings you wish to plant them in. Plants adapted to growing in coastal conditions often have tough, leathery leaves that protect them for salt and frost damage. Planting that is suited to our gusty coastal environment include, Echium vulgare, Rosmarinus officinalis, Erngium variifolium, Armeria maritima, Verbascum, Rosa rubiginosa and many more.
Not only by introducing plants that are accepting of a windy climate can create a wind tolerant space but also a sheltered area, will provide a safe haven for you. A structure within your garden, which acts as a retreat and escape from the elements. This could include a pergola, arbour or a veranda.
A quick and inexpensive fix is of course fencing. Although fencing, can do the job just fine it’s also worth considering a more natural approach – like hedging. Hedging is great for providing shelter for other plants and wildlife.
Beech – Fagus sylvatica
A great alternative to an evergreen, good for providing winter colour, wildlife shelter and a dense windbreak hedge.
English Yew – Taxus baccata
A medium sized dark green bushy evergreen tree, which provide red fruits for birds in the winter months.
Holly – Ilex aquifolium
An excellent decorative hedge, that serves as a windbreak with its dense form, slow growing and a natural intruder deterrent.
Buxus – Buxus sempervirens
The buxus is a versatile plant, suited in various settings and heights and sizes.
Important: careful not to select too tall of a hedge that it shades the garden too much, especially in the cooler months.