What are good salt- and drought-tolerant flowering plants for a streetside planting that gets salt/sand dumped on it
?Trish Crowe, Kingston, ON
You can try tough-as-nails rugosa roses, chokeberry, cotoneaster and potentilla for shrubs, and feather reed grass, wood aster, barren strawberry, yucca and daylilies for perennials. Or just plant annuals in the area for a changing yearly display. I suggest you construct a little fence (so the snow will pile around it) and move the planting back. Neutralize salty soil in spring with lots of water and compost.
?Marjorie Harris, Editor at Large