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Salt-Tolerant Landscapes

Florida is a coastal state, and many landscapes suffer from salt spray, saltwater intrusion in groundwater, and the application of salty reclaimed water. But you can have a beautiful landscape even in saline conditions.

Plants that are native to the coast are certainly salt tolerant, but don't limit yourself to just these. Many types of St. Augustine- and zoysiagrass will tolerate some salt spray, making them an option for coastal home lawns.

Salt-tolerant species of plants include vines like bougainvillea, spreading perennials such as sea oats, and shrubs like natal plum. Good groundcovers include dune sunflower and Confederate jasmine. Plumeria is a salt-tolerant flowering tree that grows well in South Florida, and coastal live oaks thrive throughout most of the state.

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