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Plants for curbside strips

By: Garden Gate staff
Finding plants to thrive in your curbside strips can be a challenge, use this guide to find plants that can survive in these sometimes difficult conditions.

plants-for-curbside-strips-lead: Daylilies, like you see here, are great perennials for hot and dry curbside strips.

The curbside area can have very different conditions from the rest of your yard. It may have dry, compacted soil or excessive shade. It could be full of rocks and gravel or it might be the low spot where water drains from the lawn. Whatever the conditions, there are some good-looking plants that will thrive there. Here are some lists of ground covers, shrubs, annuals and perennials that will feel right at home in any curbside garden situation.

Salt-tolerant ground covers

Plant name Botanical name Cold Zones
Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 2 to 8
Bell heather Erica cinerea 6 to 8
Blue fescue Festuca glauca 4 to 7
Candytuft Iberis sempervirens 5 to 9
Cinquefoil Potentilla fruticosa 3 to 7
Creeping fig Ficus pumila 9 to 11
Flame vine Senecio confusus 3 to 7
Kalanchoe Kalanchoe eriophylla Treat as annual
Mondo grass Ophiopogon japonicus 6 to 11
Virginia creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia 4 to 9

Check out our Flower & Plant guide

Salt-tolerant shrubs

Plant name Botanical name Cold Zones
Cranberry bush Viburnum trilobum 2 to 7
Firethorn Pyracantha spp. 6 to 9
Forsythia Forsythia x intermedia 6 to 9
Honeysuckle Lonicera spp. 4 to 9
Juniper Juniperus spp. 3 to 9
Lilac Syringa spp. 3 to 8
Mockorange Philadelphus spp. 5 to 8
Small-leaved boxwood Buxus microphylla 6 to 9
Snowberry Symphoricarpos spp. 2 to 6
Tartarian maple Acer tartaricum 3 to 7

Annuals for hot, dry areas

Plant name Botanical name
Cockscomb Celosia argentea cristata
Globe amaranth Gomphrena globosa
Morning glory Ipomoea tricolor
Moss rose Portulaca grandiflora
Spider flower Cleome hassleriana

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Salt-tolerant perennials

Plant name Botanical name Cold Zones
Coral bells Heuchera spp. 3 to 8
Feather reed grass Calamagrostis acutiflora 5 to 9
Fountain grass Pennisetum alopecuroides 5 to 9
Hosta Hosta spp. 4 to 9
Lilyturf Liriope spicata 6 to 11
Sea lavender Limonium latifolium 4 to 9
Sea thrift Armeria maritima 3 to 9
Silvermound artemisia Artemisia schmidtiana 5 to 8
Stonecrop Sedum spectabile 4 to 9

See our 12 favorite hosta varieties

Perennials for hot, dry areas

Plant name Botanical name Cold Zones
Blue fescue Festuca spp. 4 to 8
Daylily Hemerocallis spp. 3 to 11
English lavender Lavandula angustifolia 5 to 8
Evening primrose Oenothera macrocarpa 5 to 8
Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium 4 to 9
Lavender cotton Santolina chamaecyparissus 6 to 9
Madagascar periwinkle Catharanthus roseus 9 to 11
Roman chamomile Chamaemelum nobile 6 to 9
Serbian bellflower Campanula poscharskyana 4 to 7
Wormwood Artemesia spp. 4 to 8

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