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Plants That Survive & Thrive on the OBX

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The Extension Master Gardner℠ volunteers in Dare County have compiled a list of plants that survive and thrive here on the Outer Banks to help assist homeowners with their coastal landscapes and the challenges they present; such as sandy soils, excessive temperatures, high winds, and flooding.

The most significant coastal challenge is the effect of salt spray on plant growth. As a guide, properties within at least one-eighth of a mile of the oceanfront should be landscaped with plants known to have some level of salt tolerance. Properties along the sound should also be landscaped with plants possessing some degree of salt tolerance, though not necessarily as high as those on the oceanside.

To learn more about the 4 barrier island vegetation zones on the Outer Banks check out this video on The Challenge of Gardening on the Outer Banks.

For more information about the plants featured or other gardening questions, our Master Gardener℠ volunteers in Dare County are here to help; Ask a Master Gardener.

Flowers

Camellia

camelias

Daffodil 

daffodils

DelospermaDelosperma 

Gaillardia

Gallardia

Lantana

Lantana

Verbena

Verbena

Zinnias

Zinnias

Ornamental Grasses

American Beach Grass

beach grass

Blue Grama Grass

Bluestem

Bluestem

Lemon Grass 

lemon grass

Mondo Grass

Pampas Grass

pampas grass

Purple Fountain Grass

Purple Fountain Grass

Sea Oats 

sea oats

Switch Grass

Switch Grass

Shrubs & Trees

American Holly 

American Holly

Azalea

Azalea

Chaste Tree

Chaste Tree

Coastal Sweet Pepper Bush

Coastal Sweet Pepper Bush

Coral Honeysuckle 

Coral Honeysuckle

Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle 

Eastern Redbud

Eastern redbud

Fatsia

Fatsia

Indian Hawthorn

Indian Hawthorn

Live OakLive Oak

Salvia 

Salvia

Viburnum

Viburnum

Additional Resources

Deer Resistant Plants  Handout and Video

Deer grazing on tree

Salt Tolerant Plants Guide

Barrier Island Vegetation Zones