Many plants grow in all types of soil conditions but there are few varieties so sensitive that in unfavorable conditions they become withered and dead.
There are certain methods used to measure the soil acidity, i.e. pH meter or soil testing kit. The numerical assessment of the soil helps us to measure the alkalinity or acidity of soil. Anything above 7 on the scale will indicate the presence of alkaline soil or chalk it may be. Anything below 7 indicates the presence of acid soil.
Certain plant species like heathers; rhododendrons, kalmias, azaleas, pieris and camellias grow well in acid soil, i.e. below or less than 7 on the measurement scale. Hence, it is important to check your available soil and choose the plants species accordingly. Wet soil for instance, is not suitable for alpine plants, low growing hairy plants, strawberries, some bulbs and border carnations. It is better to choose bog plants for wet soil like colored stemmed dogwoods (Cornus), willows (Salix), hostas, Lobelia cardinalis and astilbes.
Cold Winds: There are plants, which have the tendency to survive the radiation frost in still nights but often give way to cold, chilly winds. The best location to where these plants can survive is along side the south facing wall.
Salt-laden Winds: Air near the sea areas is usually rich in salt contents. So, the gardens near the seas areas are the most affected from this salty air, as it damages the plants. But the nature of the damage can be different from garden to garden depending upon other factors as well. The best way is to have a little experimentation before choosing plants for your garden.
Sun and Shade: Different plants have different specifications and requirements regarding to sunlight and shade.