Evergreen Shrubs: What To Plant Between The Sidewalk And Street

Evergreen Shrubs Along A Path
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In this modern world, we want to have the best of both worlds. We want green, lovely, evergreen shrubs lining our streets and we also want convenient, snow-free streets to drive on. Unfortunately, streets, salt, and shrubs do not mix well. Those who have wondered, "How does road salt affect plant growth?" only need to see a street side plant in spring to know. Most things you plant between the sidewalk and street do not survive the winter. This does not mean that there is nothing that you can plant there. Knowing a little about street strip ideas, plant needs, and salt-tolerant plants can help you with what to plant between the sidewalk and street.

Street Strip Ideas - Plant and Shrub Choices

The answer to, "How does road salt affect plant growth?" is that the excess salt creates an imbalance in the water in the plant cells. This imbalance typically kills the plant. Due to this, you are best to choose salt-tolerant plants and shrubs when deciding what to plant between the sidewalk and street. Here are some evergreen, salt-tolerant plants and shrubs:

These evergreen shrubs make an excellent answer to what to plant between the sidewalk and street. They will survive the road salt and plant well along roadsides. So, if you are looking for shrubs for street strip ideas, plant one of the ones above most suited to your area for the best results.

Heather Rhoades
Founder of Gardening Know How

Heather Rhoades founded Gardening Know How in 2007. She holds degrees from Cleveland State University and Northern Kentucky University. She is an avid gardener with a passion for community, and is a recipient of the Master Gardeners of Ohio Lifetime Achievement Award.