The Q&A Archives: Can't Take The Breezes!

Question: I live across the street from the beach and have a west-facing deck on the 3rd floor with wrought iron railing. I'm having a hard time finding plants that can handle the "gentle breezes". Ideally, I would like to have some manner of vine covering the railing. Any ideas?

Answer: Constant breezes, especially salt-laden breezes, can really take a toll on plants. Those that best tolerate seacoast weather include Convolvulus sabatius (morning glory), Achillea (yarrow), Agapanthus (Lily-of-the-Nile), Armeria (thrift), Chrysanthemum frutescens (Marguerite daisy), Dianthus, Euryops, Geranium Lantana and Santolina. Only the morning glory will actually twine through the railing, but Lantana will cascade over a railing if you tie it up as it grows. You might try Rosa rugosa or Rhus integrifolia (lemonade berry) Both will grow under the conditions you describe and can be trained to the railing, eventually cascading over it. Hope these suggestions help you find just the right plant for your balcony.

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