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Southend Council ‘By the Sea' Garden

By garden designers James Callicott and Tony Wagstaff. Inspired by the coastline of Southend-on-Sea, the pier and the surrounding beach, the Southend Council ‘By The Sea’ garden offers a peaceful idyll situated by the coast.

By garden designers James Callicott and Tony Wagstaff. Inspired by the coastline of Southend-on-Sea, the pier and the surrounding beach, the Southend Council ‘By The Sea’ garden offers a peaceful idyll situated by the coast.

This relaxed and practical space features cool, calming blues and naturalistic planting.

By garden designers James Callicott and Tony Wagstaff. Inspired by the coastline of Southend-on-Sea, the pier and the surrounding beach, the Southend Council ‘By The Sea’ garden offers a peaceful idyll situated by the coast.

A gravel path meanders through planting that reflects the sea’s waves and leads to a decking area, inspired by the local pier, which incorporates a section of railway track reminiscent of the original rails.

By garden designers James Callicott and Tony Wagstaff. Inspired by the coastline of Southend-on-Sea, the pier and the surrounding beach, the Southend Council ‘By The Sea’ garden offers a peaceful idyll situated by the coast.

The planting has been chosen to cope with a semi-exposed coastal location and is a mix of blue, purple, silver and white-flowered or foliage plants. Eucalyptus gunnii adds height to the garden and Buddleja davidii helps to balance the space and add fragrance.

By garden designers James Callicott and Tony Wagstaff. Inspired by the coastline of Southend-on-Sea, the pier and the surrounding beach, the Southend Council ‘By The Sea’ garden offers a peaceful idyll situated by the coast.

Plant list

Armeria maritima
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Verbena bonariensis
Stipa tenuissima
Achillea millefolium
Erigeron karvinskianus
Passiflora caerulea
Thymus serpyllum
Gypsophila paniculata 'Bristol Fairy'
Angelica gigas
Eryngium giganteum
Lychnis coronaria 'Alba'
Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low'
Fascicularia bicolor
Achillea ptarmica 'The Pearl'
Stachys byzantina
Ammi majus
Geranium 'Orion'
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Leymus arenarius
Crambe maritima
Geum rivale 'Lemon Drops'
Sempervivum arachnoideum
Eryngium planum 'Blue Hobbit'
Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'
Berkheya purpurea 'Silver Spike'
Angelica 'Ebony'
Geum chiloense 'Red Dragon'
Deschampsia cespitosa
Eryngium eburneum
Euphorbia characias subsp. characias
Stevia rebaudiana
Eryngium ebracteatum var. poterioides
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Golf Ball'
Buddleja davidii (any variety)
Erigeron glaucus 'Sea Breeze'
Osteospermum 'Cannington Roy'
Amsonia 'Blue Ice'
Limonium perezii
Molinia caerulea