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Perennials for Sandy Soil

Plants for Sandy, Well-Drained Garden Landscapes

Sandy soil can be difficult to deal with in the landscape. These perennials all thrive in sandy soil that drains water quickly and should be considered for these garden areas.

Yarrow (Achillea spp) Zones 3-9. Yarrow plants do well in poor, sandy soil and produce lovely clusters of flowers each spring and summer. Originally a lovely wild flower there are now several beautiful Yarrow hybrids that bloom in white, yellow, red or bicolor flowers. In addition to tolerating sandy soil, yarrow plants are also deer resistant, attractive to butterflies For more info on purchasing this item click here. Wormwood (Artemisia arborascens) Zones 5-10. This wormwood has aromatic, highly attractive foliage that is fine cut and combines well with other plants. The fragrant foliage looks good even in sandy soil and artemesia tolerates drought well making it a good choice for container plantings also. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) Zones 4-10. Butterfly milkweed is highly attractive to butterflies and has colorful flowers for weeks through the growing season. Multi-colored blooms make the butterfly weed an excellent choice for mixed borders, containers or infrequently watered garden areas. For more info on purchasing this item click here. False Indigo (Baptisia australis) - Zones 4-9. These beautiful blue spring and summer flowering perennials were used historically as an alternative die to indigo giving them their common name, "False Indigo". Well-drained soil is the preferred condition, and while false indigo is not as drought tolerant as some other sand tolerant perennials so be sure to water your baptisia plants fairly often. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Euphorbia Tasmanian Tiger (Euphorbia characias 'Variegata') Zones 6-9. A beautiful foliage plant, this euphorbia prefers well-drained soil and full sun to part shade. 'Tasmanian Devil' tolerates drought conditions and does well in mixed borders and containers. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Blanket Flower (Gaillarda grandiflora) Zones 3-10. Well-drained, sandy soil is easily tolerated by the bright and cheerful blanket flower with it's beautiful bi-color blooms. The bright summer blanket flower blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds and perform well in mixed borders and containers because of their drought tolerance. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Purple Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis) Zones 6-8. Attractive purple foliage with the classic "four leaf clover" shape makes oxalis a nice addition to a sandy perennial border. Oxalis tolerates sandy soil and prefers part shade, especially in a warmer climate. This shamrock produces lovely summer flowers that contrast nicely with the dark foliage since the blooms are white with pale pink edges. For more info on purchasing this item click here. Blue Yucca (Yucca rostrara 'Sapphire Skies') Zones 5-11. Soft, blue-colored needles make this yucca a lovely choice to add to your foliage garden. 'Sapphire Skies' needs excellent drainage so sandy soil garden areas are a perfect choice for this yucca. Add a blue yucca to your sandy border, container or as an accent plant. For more info on purchasing this item click here. This 'Plant Highlight' was written exclusively for Sooner Plant Farm by Angela England .To read more from this talented writer about other highlighted plants and interesting gardening stories click here. All copyrights reserved by Sooner Plant Farm. No reproduction of this article in whole or in part is allowed without the permission of Sooner Plant Farm.


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