Cascading Plant For Cliff - Knowledgebase Question

Laguna Beach, CA
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Question by skidazzle
April 23, 2001
We need something hardy and decorative. Plants that will hopefully "cascade" down a cliff from huge 18" deep x 84" planter boxes that have automatic bubblers/sprinklers.

Our challenge is that it is atop an ocean front (100' high) cliff. Occasional wind, always full sun, plus some salt air... tho' no ocean spray.

The only thing that seems to survive (except indigenous plants and hale & hearty weeds) is ROSEMARY (with a pale lavendar flower). Not bad, but pretty boring. Any other suggestions...???

(We've tried lots of "experiments" including bouganvilla; geraniums (ick) and even morning glory. All "kaput"!).
Judy Gray

Answer from NGA
April 23, 2001
I'm surprised Ground Morning Glory didn't work for you! Other suggestions include Tecoma capensis (Cape Honeysuckle), Muehlenbeckia complexa (Mattress Vine), Fallopia baldschuanica (Lace Vine), Euphorbia seguierana, and Limonium perezii (Sea Lavender). Bet one of the above will be perfect for your planter boxes.

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