34 Salt-Tolerant Plants for Landscaping

Cactus pears (Opuntia ficus-indica) with orange ferns, province Olbia-Tempio, Gallura, Sardinia, Italy
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Large quantities of salt in the soil do not mix well with the plants that you would like to grow in that soil. An excess of salt prevents the plants from absorbing water properly. A salty spray carried on the winds only exacerbates the problem for would-be gardeners in seaside communities. What's the answer? You should select salt-tolerant plants for beach landscaping.

The sandy soils found near beach areas retain less water and nutrients than less porous soils, so plants growing in sand are especially susceptible to salt damage. If you are lucky, salt damage may manifest itself only in leaf burn; but the worst cases progress from leaf drop to death. This information on salt-tolerant plants is especially helpful in Florida, a state nearly enveloped by the ocean.