The Q&A Archives: Meadowy-looking Plants for Sandy Area

Question: I have a large sandy area in my yard with full sun. What would be my best choice to plant to get a colorful "meadowy" look that is low maintenance? Debra Hanson Anoka, MN

Answer: Most wildflower mixes found at garden centers and catalogs would do, as these are mixtures of hardy seed that do well in full sun on soil with low fertility. Burpee's catalog offers a Midwestern Mix which features aster, coreopsis, purple coneflower, gaillardia, liatris, monarda, black-eyed susan, and more. These are perennials and annuals that set seed, so they should come back year after year.

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