The Q&A Archives: Alkaline Soil And Water

Question: I have alkaline soil AND water. Though I am trying to fix the soil the water is hopeless. I am looking for a list of plants that will handle this soil and water. I live in a dry, hot and windy place that is totally undeveloped except for a few cottonwood trees. I have had success with two items...horseradish and honeysuckle! HELP!

Answer: Your garden presents quite a challenge! Many plants thrive in alkaline soils and here's a partial list from the book "Right Plant, Right Place" by Nicola Ferguson (ISBN# 0-671-52396-1):

Japanese Cherry, Cercis, Juniper, Fremontia californica, Buddleia davidii, Eremurus, Hibiscus syriacus, Hebe, Scotch Rose, Mugo pine, Verbascum, Iris, Echinops ritro, Kniphofia (red hot poker), Oriental poppy, Salvia, Linaria, Anthemis, Scabiosa, Caryopteris, Helianthus (sunflower), Plumbago, Dictamnus albus, Eryngium, Centranthus, Coreopsis, Centaurea, Wallflowr, Sedum, Snapdragon, Concolculus (morning glory), and Allium moly.

Hope your garden is bursting with blooms this season!

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