Answer: Sandy soil drains quickly but doesn't hold moisture or nutrients. I'd recommend amending the soil with organic matter, but failing that, you can grow the following perennials in sandy soil: yarrow (Achillea), columbine (Aquilegia), sea thrift (Armeria), Baptisia, Coreopsis, Dianthus, Lychnis, Nepeta, Rudbeckia, Veronica, and Sedum. For a shady area, you might try Viola labradorica, Ajuga, Hostas, and Pulmonaria. Spring blooming bulbs such as crocus and tulips should also do well. Best wishes with your garden beds!
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