Wind Tolerant Grasses and Plant - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Sanchezp_750
January 15, 2006

I live in a high rise building with a very nice terrace. I have been trying to establish a good container garden, but am having a little trouble with the wind. I bought some grasses to protect a japanese maple(which now is doing well), but now the grasses do not seem too happy. Any help?

Answer from NGA
January 15, 2006
There are a number of plants that tolerate wind. Among them are Nandina (heavenly bamboo); Fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum); Eulalia grass (Miscanthus sinensis); Heuchera 'Plum Pudding'; various types of Rhododendron, and laurel. You might also consider some of the following wind tolerant plants:

Avonview lavender Lavandula stoeches "Avonview"
Balearic Boxwood Buxus balearica
Bhutan Cypress Cupressus torulosa "Arctic Green"
Creek Lilly Pilly Syzigium australe "Bush Christmas"
Euphorbia Euphorbia characias
Euphorbia Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii
Helmsdale Lavender Lavandula stoeches "Helmsdale"
Italian lavender Lavandula stoeches
Italian lavender Lavandula stoeches "Merle"
Lamb's Ears Stachys byzantina
Lamb's Ears Stachys byzantina "Big Ears"
Lillyput Syzigium paniculatum "Lillyput"
Marshwood lavender Lavandula stoeches "Marshwood"
Oleoides Grevillea Grevillea oleoides
Pecan Carya illinoinensis
Radiata Pine Pinus radiata
Spartan Juniper Juniper chinensis "Spartan"
Tiny Trev Lilly Pilly Syzigium australe "Tiny Trev"
Yellow Lamb's Ears Stachys byzantina "Primrose Heron"

Best wishes with your terrace garden!

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