The Q&A Archives: plants for sandy areas

Question: property in galyord is all sand there are no trees ther ccc clear cut in the 30's what kind of perennials can we plant - we are planting trees every year - need flowers for around home.

Answer: Corydalis is wonderful for dry shade. Epimedium is another low ground cover that has medium sized heart-shaped leaves. Cimicifugia is a tall plant with fern or feathery leaves. It loves shade and mine grows to be over six-feet tall, so put them in the back. In late summer tall arching clusters of white flowers (sort of like the form of lilacs) are beautiful, smell great and are fun to use dried in arrangements.

Ligularia is another shade plant that has either very large round leaves or feathery, depending up on the variety.

Browallia or silver bells (Browallia speciosa) is a lesser known annual for shady sites. The light blue or white flowers grace the tops of 6 12 inches tall plants for most of the summer. Plants are commonly grown in containers or hanging baskets for shady decks or patios.

Wishbone flower (Torenia fournieri) is another uncommon annual for shade gardens. The white, pink, purple, yellow, or blue flowers are tubular and resemble snapdragons from a distance. Many of the cultivars have contrasting or dark spots on the petals. The stamens are fused and resemble a wishbone, hence the common name. Plants are 6 12 inches tall with bright green leaves.

A few other annuals that tolerate shade or partial shade are: nasturtium (Tropaeolum), flowering tobacco(Nicotiana), pansy (Viola), lobelia (Lobelia), bachelor button (Centaurea), Pinks (Dianthus), bells of Ireland (Moluccella), forget-me-not (Myosotis), baby blue eyes (Nemophila), perilla (Perilla), fuchsia (Fucshia), and elephant ear (Colocasia).

Best wishes with your new garden!

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