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Plants That Survive & Thrive on the OBX

The 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

Delosperma Delosperma 

Gallardia

Gallardia

Lantana

Lantana

Verbena 

Verbena

Zinnias

Zinnias


Shrubs & Trees

Azalea

Azalea

Chaste Tree

Chaste Tree

Coastal Sweet Pepper Bush

Coastal Sweet Pepper Bush

Crape Myrtle 

Crape Myrtle 

Fatsia

Fatsia

Indian Hawthorn

Indian Hawthorn

Live OakLive Oak

Salvia 

Salvia

Viburnum

Viburnum


Additional Resources

Deer Resistant Plants  Handout and Video

Deer