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.
Silver Wormwood. Asteraceae. A native of North America
Silver Spear. Astelaceae. New Zealand grass-like plant.
Shrubby Horehound aka False Dittany. Low nutrient soils. Lamiaceae.
|Aster x frikartii ‘Mönch’|
Shrubby hare’s-ear. Mediterranean.
|Calamagrostis x ‘Karl Foerster’|
Santa Barbara Ceanothus. Rhamnaceae. Endemic to Californian coast.
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|
A Bindweed. Convolvulaceae.
|Corokia x virgata Frosted Chocolate|
Himalayan evergreen shrub
Greater Seakale. Brassicaceae. Caucusus.
Purple Broom. A native of SE Europe. Dry loamy or acidic soils tolerant of sun exposure.
|Cytisus x kewenensis|
Blue Wheatgrass. Poaceae. South American mountains.
Mediterranean Sea Holly. Dry stony places in Spain and the Pyrenees.
|Euonymus japonicus ‘Compactus’
A form of Japanese Spindle.
Large Mediterranean Spurge. Imposing perennial of rocky ground in the Mediterranean.
|Euphorbia x martini|
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.
Geraniaceae. Bloody Cranesbill.
Native Europe and Temperate Asia. The name refers to the red colour of the leaves in autumn.
White-flowered shrub native to parts of New Zealand.
An evergreen shrub from New Zealand.
|Hebe ‘Blue Clouds’|
|Hebe ‘Red Edge’|
|Hebe x francisiana|
Blue Oat Grass. Poaceae. Native to Central Europe apparently.
Lamiaceae. Common Lavender
|Lavandula small vars|
Iridaceae. Lily endemic to New Zealand.
Florist’s Sea Lavender.
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
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?
Lamiaceae. Oregano. Mediterranean member of the mint family famous for use in cuisines and closely related to Marjoram, another of the pot herbs.
Tasmanian bushy shrub white flowers.
Scrophulariaceae. Southeast Australia. Blue-flowered drought tolerant subshrub.
Russian Sage. Lamiaceae. Very fragrant Central Asian mint family with blue flowers.
Lamiaceae. Goldleaf Jerusalem Sage.
Lamiaceae. White-leaved endemic Phlomis of the Balearic islands.
Lamiaceae. North Africa to western Asia including Turkey.
Scrophulariaceae. Cape Fuscia.
Yellow trumpet-shaped flowers.
Cold Hardy Cape Fuscia.
Pink trumpet-shaped flowers.
A Hardy shrub of New Zealand.
Rosaceae. Eastern Asian. Often in coastal sand habitats in Japan and other regions of Eastern asia..
Another famous culinary mint from the Mediterranean. Often grows to a good shrub. Also found in the plantings is prostratus, the low-growing form.
Asteraceae. Orange Cornflower.
Perennial stoloniferous daisy shrub which is native to Eastern North America.
Common Rue. Rutaceaea.
Native of Balkan peninsula. Long regarded as a medical herb and formerly but now rarely in cookery.
LavenderCotton. Asteraceae. Western and Central Mediterranean apparently.
Balkan Clary. Lamiaceae. A native to Central Europe.
Salvia x superba
A hybrid between several wild species of Salvia.
S x sylvestris
Sage. Lamiaceae. Famous culinary herb of Mediterranean. Flowers blue, white or pink.
Asteraceae. Yellow flowered. Southern France and Iberia. Another species of Cotton Lavender. Aromatic evergreen shrub of dry rocky ground.
Crimson Flag Lily.
|Sedum telephium, S. spectabile varieties.|
Rosaceae. Japanese Spirea.
A deciduous, perennial shrub native to Japan, China and Korea. Southwest China is the centre for biodiversity of the species.
Byzantine Woundwort. Lamiaceae. Leaves densely felted. Flowers 5-7 rocky and grassy habitats in Turkey.
|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