SANDY SOIL PLANTING - Knowledgebase Question

Question by jswhee54
February 11, 2010
My daughter's garden is mostly very very sandy soil. What are the best plants/shrubs/flowers to put in (we have mixed top soil, but the sand keeps coming to the top). She lives in Riverview, Florida.

Answer from NGA
February 11, 2010


Some plants that are especially tolerant of sandy soils include African Iris (Dietes species), Beach Sunflower (Helianthus debilis), Blackberry Lily (Belamcanda chinensis), Blue Daze (Evolvulus glomerata 'Blue Daze'), Blue Sage (Eranthemum pulchellum), African Bush Daisy (Euryops pectinatus), Daylily (Hemerocallis, Firebush
(Hamelia patens), Firecracker Plant, Coral Plant (Russelia equisetiformis), Mexican Daisy (Erigeron karvinskianus), Golden Dewdrop (Duranta erecta), Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys lutea), and Heliotrope, Scorpion Tail or Butterfly Heliotrope
(Heliotropium angiospermum). Although you've already amended the soil, I'd suggest digging in some organic matter. If you add organic matter on an annual basis you eventually end up with rich garden loam. Enjoy your garden!

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