What will grow/survive in sand - Knowledgebase Question

Asbury, Ne
Question by joancordell
March 3, 2011
our yard is sand! Carova beach area of Corolla - what shrubs, trees or annuals will survive.


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Answer from NGA
March 3, 2011

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Sandy soils can be a real challenge to gardeners but since New Jersey is called the Garden State, you'll be happy to know lots and lots of plants will adapt to growing in sandy soils. Here's a short list of plants suitable for your region that will be happy in sandy soils:
Shrus include Barberry, Bayberry, Beach plum (Prunus maritima), Blueberry, Broom,
Buddleia, Cotoneaster, Cotinus, Elderberry, Holly, Juniper, Kerria, Mugo pine, Potentilla, Pyracantha, Quince, Rose of Sharon, Rugosa rose, Sand cherry (Prunus pumila, Prunus x cistena), Sea buckthorn, Spirea, Sumac, Tamarisk, Weigela, and
Yew.

Perennials include Artemisia,
Aubretia, Basket-of-gold (Aurinia), Butterfly weed, (Asclepias), Candytuft (Iberis),
Coreopsis, Coneflower, Convolvulus, Eryngium (sea holly), Euphorbia, Goldenrod, Gaillardia, Gypsophila, Hen and chicks, Herbs (most), Hibiscus, Hypercium (St. John?s wort), Iris ? German bearded Jerusalem sage (Phlomis), Kniphofia, Lamb?s ear (Stachys), Lavender, Laverta, Liatris, Nepeta (catmint), Ornamental grasses (most)
Ornamental onion (Allium), Pinks (Dianthus), Rock rose (Helianthemum), Russian sage (Perovskia), Salvia, Sea pink (Armeria maritima), Sedum, Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides), Tiarella, Trumpet vine (Campsis), Trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), Verbascum, and Veronica.

Trees for sandy soils include Birch,
Cedar ? blue Atlas, Cherry, Crab apple, Cypress, Elm, Ginkgo balboa, Locust, Oak (pin, white), Pine (Austrian, pitch), Poplar, Redbud, Red cedar (Juniperus virginiana), Shadblow, serviceberry (Amelanchier), Sour gum, Spruce, Sycamore, and Witch hazel.

Best wishes with your garden!

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