People whose garden is on clay soil may complain that it is hard to work and holds water so well that it can become sticky, but those with a sandy soil are at the opposite extreme where the water drains away all too quickly. As gardeners with a few years experience will know the best chance of success comes from choosing plants that suit the soil conditions. The ten plants on this list which I found on the Birds and Blooms website are all ideal for growing on sandy soil.
Since water runs right through sandy soil, the growing conditions are rather dry, even if the area gets a lot of rain. These 10 plants for sandy soil don’t seem to mind.
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Cleome hassleriana • annual
Plant this tropical native in your garden and you’re sure to attract attention. The tall stems of these graceful plants are hard to miss, topped by wispy pink, purple or white blooms that look like a spider’s lanky legs
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Gazania • annual to Zone 8
This popular daisy produces a stunning array of colors in less-than-ideal conditions. Gazania is drought-tolerant, but it doesn’t appreciate a lack of sun. In fact, the flower heads close if the weather is too cloudy or cold.
Achillea • Zones 3 to 9
Lacy flower heads top each stem of yarrow. Varieties range from a short 6 inches to more than 4 feet tall. This hardy bloomer thrives in full sun and should be divided in spring for the optimal summer show.
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Cosmos spp. • grown as an annual
Cosmos thrives in a variety of conditions. With cultivars that range from 1 to 6 feet high, it blooms from summer to late fall in shades of orange, red, yellow, pink, purple and white. The frondlike foliage beautifully complements the flowers’ delicate petals.
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