seaside themed planter

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Hi ladies,
I have a bag of seashells that I would like to use in a seaside themed planter. Can you give me some plant suggestions? Planter hasn't been bought yet, so any size, and it will be in full sun on our deck. I'm thinking Whitstable meets Dungeness, rather than anything flash, but planter will be in London so no sea air. Any ideas?
I use to go the BBC website for plant info but it seems to closed down - what sited do you use for inspiration and advice?
Thanks in advance smile

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 05-Aug-12 23:47:28

Whitstable meets Dungeness, eh?

In that case, how about (space permitting) crambe cordifolia? Eryngium? I believe Derek Jarman got into trouble with the nature conservation bods for using non-native plants, but I guess you're just aiming for the general style and look? Anyway, the best gardening site is the Royal Hortocultural Society. There are some useful ideas here - most coastal plants are very tough and should be able to withstand sarf London. One think to beware if I'd that the shells (if you use them as mulch) will make the compost quite chalky and so acid-loving plants won't be happy.

Viperidae Sun 05-Aug-12 23:54:07

I live at the seaside and, if my garden is anything to go by, you should just put in a few silvery, spiky things and cover everything with fecking sand angry

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 05-Aug-12 23:57:45

A bit of driftwood or a rusty iron article or two would also add to the Prospect Cottage ambience.

HeathRobinson Mon 06-Aug-12 00:06:13

Well thank you so much! I have had a slight change of theme now... The plan is to buy young daughter (5 yrs) playhouse, place on our deck and paint like a beachhut. next to 'beachhut' a small raised bed 'garden' with childfriendly plants strewn with shells and beachcombed stuff we seem collect when we go to the seaside. Plants maybe like thrift, some red poppies. What do you think? Young Rugosa is pretty good at deadheading, so they'll need to be pretty bombproof

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 06-Aug-12 23:40:11

That sounds fabulous! I want to paint my shed like a beach hut.

Thrift is good, poppies too. Maybe you could add something like nigella or nasturtiums which your daughter could grow from seed? They're pretty bombproof.

UnrequitedSkink Mon 06-Aug-12 23:42:14

Some grasses maybe?

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 06-Aug-12 23:42:23

Oh and if you find a large bit of driftwood/ artfully rusted metalwork, you could grow a clenatis or honeysuckle up it.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 06-Aug-12 23:45:26

Unrequitedskink - Oh yes. Festival glauca would be great, as it's blue.

Grockle Mon 06-Aug-12 23:49:10

I live by the seaside and was going to paint my shed like a beach hut but went for a toned down version. I love it.

We have lots of heather & gorse growing along the clifftop as well as pink daisies - sort of osteospermum things? Other things like sea lavender and sea purslane might need more salty water. And palm trees. Lots of palms.

FreelanceMama Tue 07-Aug-12 00:04:15

grasses are lovely for giving some motion like waves, you could try a few edibles too if your daughter is a bit hands-on, e.g. Chives and as someone said, nasturtiums. A child's windmill is quite nice to add too.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 07-Aug-12 00:06:18

I won't actually paint my shed like a beach hut - it's just a daydream - but I think I'll go for a slightly two-tone effect with contrasting window frames, etc.

Grockle Tue 07-Aug-12 09:34:51

That's what I did, maud - Cuprinol Shades. I went for a greeny one (I think it is thyme or willow) and cream. It looks lovely & everyone comments. I now need to do the chicken house but can't decide if I should do it the same colour or just dark green like the fence behind it.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 07-Aug-12 09:38:21

That sounds lovely, Grockle. I'm thinking silvery grey for mine.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 07-Aug-12 09:45:36

That does sound lovely, Grockle. I'm thinking silvery grey for mine.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 07-Aug-12 09:46:15

::smacks forehead on desk::

Grockle Tue 07-Aug-12 11:21:44

You only need to do it once maud wink

Silvery grey sounds lovely. You could get some glitter spray paint to Make it sparkly as well.

Disclaimer: I have just discovered glitter spray paint so everything that stands still long enough is now sparkly chez Grockle. I am quite sure that DP will be delighted when he returns on Friday.

I also have a can of glow in the dark spray paint...

Where did that B&q ad come from?

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 07-Aug-12 14:03:29

Weird double-postings from this phone - first post seems to vanish, so I post again and then lo and behold, both appear. Gah.

I think I might forego the glittery paint, but it is tempting. DD is watching Gnomeo and Juliet and it's making me want to adorn my garden with gnomes too.

::tasteful::

Grockle Tue 07-Aug-12 14:19:30

We have gnomes--

blush

My plagerie will be a gnome free zone. It will be whimsical yet tasteful. Rather like Grandpa in my pocket meets vita sackville west white garden.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 07-Aug-12 16:39:47

Whimsical yet tasteful is exactly what I aim for even with the judicious addition of a few gnomes.

Grockle Tue 07-Aug-12 16:44:10

And me. But with burnt patches from the dog weeing on the lawn, footballs and assorted toys strewn everywhere and little piles of weeds/ branches I have pulled down but not yet dealt with, it looks rather more like the local dump.

Perhaps I need more gnomes

Could you maybe call it a toy mulch?

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