Driftwood garden by Geoff Stonebanks

Real gardens: seaside garden

Discover how one man created an exuberant flower-filled plot, despite the salt-laden sea winds

Just a quarter of a mile from the seafront, in Seaford, East Sussex, is a garden that’s bursting at the seams, with vibrant colour. When Geoff Stonebanks first moved in, the winter sea gales quickly flattened all of the plants he’d lovingly brought with him from his previous garden. Through trial and error, he learnt which plants could survive in the exposed conditions, on the chalky soil, and how to create height, interest and shelter.

Driftwood: the rear garden is packed with colourful plants and eclectic objects
Driftwood: the rear garden is packed with colourful plants and eclectic objects

The small front garden takes full advantage of the views out to sea and has a distinctly coastal feel to the planting, enhanced by lobster pots and a dinghy. While the 30m-long rear garden is packed with a colourful jumble of bedding plants, perennials and shrubs, combined with rusted metal sculptures, an eclectic mix of objects and several seating areas tucked amongst the plants.

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