Bexhill promenade Mediterranean flora plantings


Alphabetical Checklist of the Bexhill Mediterranean promenade plantings.

Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex. UK.

The plantings are a selection of species from the Mediterranean biomes of the world. Their floral diversity may support local pollinating insects and I had thought to do some surveys to establish if any bee communities are supported. I have so far noted Colletes daviesanus and Anthophora quadrimaculata visiting flowers here. There are not many floral resources along the built-up promendae at Bexhill and the plantings may be helping some bee communities to survive locally.

Achillea vars.
Agapanthus spp.
Artemisia ludoviciana

Silver Wormwood. Asteraceae. A native of North America

Astelia chathamica

Silver Spear. Astelaceae. New Zealand grass-like plant.

Carex comans
Ballota pseudodictamnus

Shrubby Horehound aka False Dittany. Low nutrient soils. Lamiaceae.

Aster x frikartii ‘Mönch’
Bupleurum fruticosum

Shrubby hare’s-ear. Mediterranean.

Calamagrostis x ‘Karl Foerster’
Ceanothus impressus

Santa Barbara Ceanothus. Rhamnaceae. Endemic to Californian coast.

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Plumbaginaceae. Low shrub of Africa and Asia.Blue flowers.

Cistus x dansereaui decumbens

Cistus ‘Peggy Sammons’
Cistus ‘Silver Pink’
Cistus x dansereaui. Decumbens
Cistus x purpureus
Convolvulus cneorum

A Bindweed. Convolvulaceae.

Corokia x virgata Frosted Chocolate
Cotoneaster microphyllus

Himalayan evergreen shrub

Crambe cordifolia

Greater Seakale. Brassicaceae. Caucusus.

Crocosmia spp.
Cytisus purpureus

Purple Broom. A native of SE Europe. Dry loamy or acidic soils tolerant of sun exposure.

Cytisus x kewenensis
Dierama spp.

Elymus magellanicus

Blue Wheatgrass. Poaceae. South American mountains.

Eryngium bourgatii

Mediterranean Sea Holly. Dry stony places in Spain and the Pyrenees.

Euonymus japonicus ‘Compactus’

A form of Japanese Spindle.

Euphorbia characias

Large Mediterranean Spurge. Imposing perennial of rocky ground in the Mediterranean.

Euphorbia cyparissias

Cyprus Spurge.

Euphorbia x martini
Euryops pectinata

Asteraceae. Golden Daisy Bush or Golden Euryops.

Euryops = from the Greek “eurys” = large and “ops” = eye referring to the showy flowers. pectinatus = from the Latin meaning pectinate (i.e. with narrow divisions like a comb referring to the divided leaves).

In its natural habitat, this attractive plant may be found on rocky, sandstone slopes in the south-western Cape. It is endemic to this region.

Golden Euryops is a shrub up to 1.5m in height and has distinctive soft, grey-green foliage. The leaves are 40-100mm long and are toothed in a fern-like manner. Bright yellow daisy flowers are borne nearly all year round with the main display in spring.

Geranium ‘Brookside’
Geranium ‘Patricia’
Geranium sanguineum

Geraniaceae. Bloody Cranesbill.

Native Europe and Temperate Asia. The name refers to the red colour of the leaves in autumn.

Hebe albicans

White-flowered shrub native to parts of New Zealand.

Hebe pimeleiodes

An evergreen shrub from New Zealand.

Hebe ‘Blue Clouds’
Hebe rakaiensis
Hebe ‘Red Edge’
Hebe x francisiana
Helictotrichon sempervirens

Blue Oat Grass. Poaceae. Native to Central Europe apparently.

Lavandula angustifolia

Lamiaceae. Common Lavender

Lavandula small vars
Libertia grandiflora

Iridaceae. Lily endemic to New Zealand.

Limonium platyphyllum

Florist’s Sea Lavender.

Lotus hirsutum

Often listed as Dorycnium hirsutum, this is a Mediterranean subshrub found growing wild in Portugal. It is a choice silver-leafed plant for areas of the garden that are warm and sunny, with the kind of sharp drainage, especially in winter, found on rocky hillsides. In gravel gardens and large rockeries, it will produce spreading evergreen or semi-evergreen shrubs which, from mid-summer onwards, form small heads of creamy pink flowers at the tips of stems and on sideshoots.

Nepeta x faassenii

Faassen’s Catmint

A garden hybrid the seeds usually sterile but propagation from cuttings. Long flowering time – 5 to 9 so a good resource for wild bees? any nectar or pollen?

Origanum vulgare

Lamiaceae. Oregano. Mediterranean member of the mint family famous for use in cuisines and closely related to Marjoram, another of the pot herbs.

Osteospermum spp.
Osteospermum vars.
Ozothamnus ledifolius

Tasmanian bushy shrub white flowers.

Parahebe perfoliata

Scrophulariaceae. Southeast Australia. Blue-flowered drought tolerant subshrub.

Perovskia atriplicifolia

Russian Sage. Lamiaceae. Very fragrant Central Asian mint family with blue flowers.

Phlomis chrysophylla

Lamiaceae. Goldleaf Jerusalem Sage.

 Phlomis lanata

Phlomis italica

Lamiaceae. White-leaved endemic Phlomis of the Balearic islands.

Phlomis russeliana

Lamiaceae. North Africa to western Asia including Turkey.

Phygelius aequalis

Scrophulariaceae. Cape Fuscia.

Yellow trumpet-shaped flowers.

Phygelius capensis


Cold Hardy Cape Fuscia.

Pink trumpet-shaped flowers.

Pittosporum tenuifolium

‘Tom Thumb’

A Hardy shrub of New Zealand.

Rosa rugosa

Rosaceae. Eastern Asian. Often in coastal sand habitats in Japan and other regions of Eastern asia..

Rosmarinus officinalis

Lamiaceae. Rosemary.

Another famous culinary mint from the Mediterranean. Often grows to a good shrub. Also found in the plantings is prostratus, the low-growing form.


Rudbeckia fulgida

Asteraceae. Orange Cornflower.

Perennial stoloniferous daisy shrub which is native to Eastern North America.

Ruta graveolens

Common Rue. Rutaceaea.

Native of Balkan peninsula. Long regarded as a medical herb and formerly but now rarely in cookery.

Santolina chamaecyparissus

LavenderCotton. Asteraceae. Western and Central Mediterranean apparently.

Salvia nemorosa

Balkan Clary. Lamiaceae. A native to Central Europe.


Salvia x superba

A hybrid between several wild species of Salvia.

S x sylvestris

Salvia officinalis

Sage. Lamiaceae. Famous culinary herb of Mediterranean. Flowers blue, white or pink.

Santolina rosmarinifolia

Asteraceae. Yellow flowered. Southern France and Iberia. Another species of Cotton Lavender. Aromatic evergreen shrub of dry rocky ground.

Schizostylis coccinea

Crimson Flag Lily.

Sedum telephium, S. spectabile varieties.
Spiraea japonica

Rosaceae. Japanese Spirea.

A deciduous, perennial shrub native to Japan, China and Korea. Southwest China is the centre for biodiversity of the species.

Stachys byzantina

Byzantine Woundwort. Lamiaceae. Leaves densely felted. Flowers 5-7 rocky and grassy habitats in Turkey.

Stipa gigantea
x Halimiocistus sahucii

A hybrid dwarf evergreen shrub between Cistus and Halimium. Leaves simple, opposite and flowers with broad petals.

x Halimiocistus wintonensis

Another low-grower enjoying sunlit warm positions. Flowers cream with crimson marks at the base of the petals. Foliage blue-green.

Below. September 2016


Below. July 2017

%d bloggers like this: