The Q&A Archives: Sunny Site With Sandy Soil

Question: I have a small garden in front of my house where I would like to plant perennial shrubs. However the soil is sandy and it is very sunny (western exposure) no trees for shade, what types of shrubs would do well in this area?

Answer: Small gardens call for shrubs that remain small, or at least are slow-growing enough to remain small for a long period of time. Sandy soils drain quickly, so we'll categorize the site as sunny and dry. Your choices for this garden spot include Cistus (Rock Rose), Malva, Berberis, Juniper, Lavender, plus these perennial flowers: Iberis, Dianthus, Armeria, Sedum, Gaillardia, Portulaca and Erysimum.

To help your new plants thrive, mix in generous amounts of aged compost or other organic matter prior to planting. The addition of organic matter will help the soil retain moisture and will provide some nutrients to the roots of the plants.

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