Answer: There are many plants adapted to your new growing conditions, and here's a sampling. Annuals: moss rose (portulaca), cosmos, black eyed susan, cleome. Perennials: yarrow (achillea), yellow star grass (Hypoxis hirsuta), lupine. I know of no "dog-proof" plants (I assume you mean immune to the effects of dog urine), so it's best to train your pooches to stay out of the beds, fence the area, or use a repellent, such as Ro-Pel or Twist-on Buds (both available from Gardener's Supply Co., (firstname.lastname@example.org; ph# 800-863-1700). Your plants will fare better if the beds are recessed in the ground and mulched, both of which will aid in water retention. Find as much organic matter (leaves, lawn clippings, shredded newspaper, food scraps, etc) and start making compost to enrich your sandy soil. Gardener's Supply Co. (see above) has a free bulletin on composting that should help. Here's a publication that you will find most helpful, created by a non-native Floridian who gardens very successfullyin your state: Sundew Gardens Reports, P.O. Box 214, Oviedo, FL 32765. A sample copy costs $1; $15/year subscription. Your local garden club should be able to help as well. Another useful book, written by Maryland native Tom MacCubbin, is "Florida Home Grown" (Sentinel Communications Co., ISBN #0-941263-00-2). Hope this helps!
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