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Hardy Plants for the Coast

August 19, 1995|JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS

Though gardening along the coast can be challenging, it is possible to work with the elements and have the garden you want. The secret is proper plant selection.

Nurseries on the coast carry plants that grow well on the coast, stand up to salt spray and wind conditions. Here is a sampling of these plants:

* GRASSES

Bermuda grass (salt-tolerant)

Kikuyu grass (salt-tolerant)

Note: These grasses are very invasive and should be contained within borders.

* SALT-TOLERANT PERENNIALS

Artemisia (sage)

Atriplex (saltbush)

Baccharis (coyote bush)

Coreopsis

Cotoneaster Cymbidium

Echium

Hemerocallis (day lily)

Lamb's ears

Lavender

Lupines

Penstemon

Salvia

* PERENNIALS

Agapanthus (lily of the Nile)

Armeria (sea pink)

Aster

Capeweed ( Arctotheca calendula )

Cistus

Ceanothus (wild lilac)

Eschscholzia (California poppy)

Gazania

Geraniums

Lavender

Santolina

* WIND-TOLERANT

SUCCULENTS

Agave

Aloe

Aptenia (red apple)

Crassula (jade)

Cotyledons

Drosanthemum (rosea ice plant)

Echeveria elegans

Euphorbia

Yucca

* TREES AND SHRUBS

Acacia

Arctostaphylos (manzanita)

Callistemon (bottlebrush)

Cypressus (Monterey cypress)

Escallonia

Lantana

Leptospermum laevigatum (Australian tea tree)

Melaleuca

Myoporum

Metrosideros excelsus (New Zealand Christmas tree)

Nerium (oleander)

Pittosporum

Palm

Roses (some varieties)

Rosmarinus (rosemary)

Scoparium

* VEGETABLES AND FRUIT

Artichokes

Bush Beans

Blackberries

Broccoli

Brussels sprouts

Cauliflower culinary herbs

Leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, mustard, kale, endive, arugula, cabbage, etc.

Raspberries

Root crops, such as beets, carrots, garlic, onions, potatoes

Sugar snap peas

Sunflowers

Strawberries

Tomatoes (varieties developed for cool and foggy areas)

Zucchini

* VINES

Bougainvillea

Distictis (scarlet trumpet vine)

Hardenbergia (lilac vine)

Hedera (ivy)

Jasminum (jasmine)

Passiflora (passion vine)

Solanum jasminoides (potato vine)

Sweet pea (flowering)

Tecomaria (Cape honeysuckle)

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