Fall Season salt tolerant plants

Fleecy flowers of groundsel bush
Fleecy flowers of groundsel bush – a great native plant with excellent salt tolerance that blooms in fall.
Photo credit – Rick Darke

Salt tolerant plants are important for fall plantings.  Why are we talking about salt injury in August? This seems more like a winter problem, right? Think about selecting tolerant plants for landscape situations prone to high salts because it’s the best method of preventing injury and we are coming up to the best planting time of the year—fall. Fall is good for planting because we normally get adequate rainfall (certainly not an issue this year, but…); plants tend to grow roots in the fall, so they become established more quickly; and the weather gets cooler throughout the fall providing great conditions for growth. For more information on salt injury and salt tolerance see the Landscape and Horticulture blog (https://sites.udel.edu/suebarton/)