Plants for Coastal Areas

Salty soil is common in coastal areas, which can make planting difficult as many plants won’t tolerate large quantities of salt. There are, however, quite a few plants that can tolerate salt. That being said, we do not recommend planting in areas that receive tidal flooding. If tidal flooding occurs, we recommend flushing the root system out with water from the spigot after the tidal water has receded to remove excess salt.

Below is a list of plants that are adaptive to higher salt content in soils. Varieties listed may not be available at all times.

Annuals

Portulaca

Begonia

Calendula

Dusty Miller

Gazania

Geranium

Kalanchoe

Ornamental Cabbage and Kale

Petunia

Portulaca

Snapdragon

Vinca

Zinnia

Perennials & Herbs

Columbine

Alyssum

Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile)

Armeria (Thrift)

Artemisia

Aster

Bellflower

Butterfly Weed (Milkweed)

Candytuft

Columbine

Cornflower

Daylily

Dianthus

English Ivy

Euphorbia

Gailardia

Geranium (Perennial Variety)

Creeping Phlox

Goldenrod

Helleborus

Hens & Chicks

Hibiscus

Ice Plant (Deleosperma)

Iris

Knautia

Lantana

Lavender

Joe Pye Weed

Lantana

Malva

Nepeta

Salvia

Oregano

Penstemon

Pachysandra

Phlox

Rosemary

Russian Sage

Salvia

Scabiosa

Sedum

Stachys

Verbena

Virginia Bluebells

Yarrow

Grasses

Pink Muhly Grass

Carex Grass

Feather Reed Grass

Liriope

Lovegrass

Miscanthus (Maiden Grass)

Mondo Grass

Muhly Grass

Needle Grass

Pampas Grass

Pennisetum

Sea Oats Grass

Shrubs

Blue Pacific Juniper
Pink Oleander

American Holly

Blue Pacific Juniper

Carissa Holly

Clethra

Cotoneaster

Forsythia

Hydrangea

Indian Hawthorn

Ligustrum

Mockorange

Oleander

Pittosporum

Quince

Rose of Sharon

Rosa Rugosa

St Johns Wort

Viburnum (Native varieties)

Wax Myrtle

Yaupon Holly

Yucca

Trees

Gingko Leaves

Bald Cypress

Black Pine

Chokeberry

Crape Myrtle

Gingko

Junipers (Some varieties)

Live Oak

Palms

River Birch

Serviceberry

Vitex