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Cordyline australis: the prefect screening plant for recreating the seaside-feel

If you’re looking to create a seaside garden, what’s the ideal plant to use? Well, there are all manner of trees and shrubs that are suitable for replicating the seaside look: Acers, Alders, Hornbeams and Hawthorn, as well as Berberis, Euonymus japonicas, Lonicerus nitida and Pyracantha to name but a few. However, one of Ladybrook Nursery’s personal favourites is the Cordyline australis.

The Cordyline has become an increasingly popular in recent years for both coastal and city planting, thanks to its exotic, palm-like appearance and its attractive green, bronze and purple foliage. It might look tropical, but the Cordyline is surprisingly hardy thanks to its woody stem. Young plants can be vulnerable to frost and wind damage, but this can be overcome with the use of fleece and tying up foliage during colder periods. Older, more mature specimens are perfectly happy outdoors in milder regions or urban areas.

Seaside screening project, Cheshire

Ladybrook Nursery was recently asked to supply a suitable plant for creating a beachside look at a development in Knutsford, Cheshire. The developer wanted a plant that would not only give the seaside feel, but would also screen the property the property from the nearby road. We had no hesitation in suggesting the Cordyline australis and duly supplied a large mature specimen. We think you’ll agree from the photograph that the plant not only meets the brief, but also looks absolutely stunning.


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