|I live in an area where the soil ph is about 7.9 and there is a high soluable salt percentage. How do I find out what plants will grow best with this soil condition. This is a zone 5 garden, full sun, little shelter from wind, with nutrient rich soil that is more clay than loam.|
|Very alkaline soils can be challenging to many plants. Those that not only survive, but thrive, include Japanese Cherry, (including Weeping Cherry), Cercis (Judas-tree), flowering crabapple, and black pine. Shrubs include Cistus, Weigela, Buddleia (Butterfly Bush), Hebe, Mugo Pine, Dictamnus (Burning Bush), and Ceratostigma (hardy Plumbago).|
For even more ideas, consult the book "Right Plant, Right Place" by Nicola Ferguson, published by Summit Books, ISBN# 0-671-52396-1.