Raised beds are the way to go, our top soil is thin, chalky and prone to salt water run off.
In a raised bed, you can add the soil/compost that you need to grow things well. It’s also easier on the back when weeding!
I’m really pleased how our big raised bed turned out. It looks great and as the shrubs grow higher it will help as a windbreak and hopefully let me grow some more tender perennials in between. It gets plenty of sunshine so there is no shortage of plants that will grow happily!
One that won’t be going in there however is a gorgeous azalea, an anniversary gift from G. That won’t cope with the chalky soil at all so I’ll need to find it an nice container, a shady spot and some acidic soil. Beautiful!