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Old 06-09-2015, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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When I bought my house, the contractor told me he didn't have any loam, so he threw out sand in the yard instead. Oh how wonderful. I almost smacked him. I ended up with so much sand surrounding my house, it looked like it was on a beach. Short of bulldozing it all off and starting over, I decided to just throw some wildflower seed out and see what would happen. I ended up with wildflowers coming out of my ears. They took hold in that sand and wouldn't quit. I have no idea why, but I had a garden full of flowers (and bees) to walk through every day, all summer long.

Mind, that was in direct sun, so I realize that might not work for you, even if you like masses of wildflowers. But try something you like and plant it from seed. For some weird reason, seeds work better than plants in the most inhospitable soils.
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:19 AM
 
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going to try the moss roses. They look beautiful in the pics I have seen of them. Anybody know if tiger lilies or marigolds grow well in sandy soil with a somewhat shaded. I love these flowers.
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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both need full sun but might tolerate some shade. google is our friend.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Thanks for the picture of the Sea Thrift! I love mine, and my soil is very sandy. In fact if I dig down beyond a foot, I hit beach sand. I have it in several places, comes back every year without fail.
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Old 06-23-2015, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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going to try the moss roses. They look beautiful in the pics I have seen of them. Anybody know if tiger lilies or marigolds grow well in sandy soil with a somewhat shaded. I love these flowers.
I know marigolds do well in SW Florida because the landscapers here in my neighborhood had a large planting of them around one of the buildings. They probably amended the soil at lease a little.

I second the recommendation for the curcuma. They are gorgeous, but can't take a frost. You don't say which part of Florida you are in. My daughter in Jacksonville lost all her curcuma from the cold weather last winter.

Are you familiar with Crown of Thorns? Really pretty in a mass planting.

About the edibles such as Avocado and Mango, of course those are large trees. But I've been told that they will attract rats, raccoons and possums if there is fruit on the ground around the tree.
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