good plants for a very windy, sunny, salty patio? - Knowledgebase Question

Oceanside, Ca
Question by donnapetzin
July 6, 2010
What are the best flowers and plants for a very windy, sunny, salty patio? We live 1 mile from the beach and can't seem to keep any plants alive on our S/W facing patios and shady, but windy front landing. Please help!


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Answer from NGA
July 6, 2010

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Plants that are adapted to windy conditions usually have small, narrow leaves. In fact, ornamental grasses are some of the most wind-resistant plants around, and most require little watering. They can even serve as miniature windbreak plantings for less wind-tolerant plants.

From perennials like daylilies, daisies, flax, and coreopsis to annuals such as zinnias and nasturtiums, there are a variety of wind resistant plants for these conditions.

Hhere are some wind tolerant plants you can try.
Boltonia or False Aster (Boltonia asteroides). A native plant in the eastern United States, Boltonia prefers moist soil but will tolerate poor, dry soil as well and holds up to windy conditions well. In the same family as the autumn blooming Asters, the False Aster is very similar in appearance. The Boltonia's daisy-like flowers make excellent cut flowers.

Threadleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata). Beautiful summer flowers and finely cut foliage make the threadleaf coreopsis one of the most popular perennials for gardeners. Cheerful daisy-like flowers from early summer through fall provide several weeks worth of color while drought tolerance and the ability to grow well in poor soil make it a low-maintenance gem. Be sure to provide well-drained soil as Coreopsis plants can develop crown rot if they are too wet for too long but wind will help with air circulation to prevent this.


Flax (Linum perenne) ? While perennial flax was once used for rope and linen making because of the sturdy, durable fibers that make it wind tolerant, it is typically the annual varieties used commercially today. This perennial flax is still great for gardeners however because of the bright blue flowers that last only one day each, but appear in large number for weeks late spring through early summer. Flax has narrow leaves that are a dusty green color and add contrast to broader foliaged plants in a mixed border. Perennial flax also tolerates a wide variety of garden conditions like heat, wind, and humidity and while an individual plant may be short lived self-sowing occurs to create informal, naturalized clumps.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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