Roadside ornamental plants - Knowledgebase Question

Briarwood, NY
Question by rsinghal50
July 18, 2010
A group of students is planning to make the little strip of land in the center of Queens Blvd beautiful. Can you suggest some perennials that are appropriate for this location? Do you carry these plants? I want plants/shrubs that have a high tolerance for road salt and do not require too much ongoing care.


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Answer from NGA
July 18, 2010

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Sounds like a great project but I'm afraid your plant choices will be limited - there are not many that will tolerate road salt and cold winters. Here are a few of the most tolerant: Armeria maritima - Sea Thrift; Calmagrostis acutifolia - ?Karl Foerster? Reed Grass; Dianthus puminarius - Dianthus ; Elymus arenaruius - Blue Lyme Grass; Pennesetum alopecuroides - Fountain Grass; Artemesia schmidtiana ?Silver Mound?; Festuca sp. - Fescue Grass ?Elijah Blue?; Leymus arenarius - Blue Lyme Grass;
Limomium latifolium -Sea Lavender; Hemerocallis hybrida - Daylily ?Stella D?Oro? ;
Sedum specabile ?Autumn Joy?; Liriope spicata - Lilyturf); Heuchera micrantha - Coral Bells ?Palace Purple?. Your local cooperative extension office might have more ideas. Contact Cornell Extension office, 40 Main Street, Hempstead - (516) 292-7990. Good luck with your project!

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