In their natural habitat the plants I have selected here grow in sandy soils and need less nutrients from the soil to survive and are drought resistant. Although the sandy soil in your garden can be improved by adding plenty of nutrient rich organic matter and mulching the soil, these plants will grow in sandy soil without much help.
Cacti is the obvious one, but carrots, radishes, garlic, strawberries, blueberries, hostas, peppers, tomatoes, daylilies, iris, beetroot, parsnips, lettuce, potatoes, and certain bean varieties are all happy in sandy soil and most herbs are at home in sandy soil, I have listed a few on the herb page
Changing or even trying to improve sandy soil is expensive and time-consuming so why not try growing plants that will grow in your type of
soil. How to test your soil
Plants that can be grown in Sandy soil.
Not all of these plants are available in the UK and some need full sun, check suitability for growing in your part of the UK with your supplier.
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia grandiflora), Gaillardia plants actually require excellent drainage, which makes them perfect for sandy soils.
Portulaca/Purselane (Portulaca grandiflora) This semi-succulent
plant produces jewel-toned blooms on low growing foliage throughout the summer.
Zinnia (Zinnia elegans), These quick growing natives of Mexico produce lots of daisy-like flowers during summer months. Zinnias will die after the first frost, but are readily self-sowing.
Perennials For Sandy Soil
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus') These tall meadow natives produce large, daisy-like blooms from mid-summer to early fall. Purple coneflowers attract butterflies and bees, and if their cones are left on, they'll attract birds in the Autumn.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), This dense, low growing herb is evergreen and responds well to sandy soils. Both the
foliage and the tiny flowers are highly aromatic.
Stonecrop (genus Sedum) , The genus sedum includes a wide range of succulent plants that grow naturaly in
Barberry (Berberis thunbergii). This thorny shrub produces yellow flowers and red berries. A prolific self-seeder, can be invasive.
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) A distinctive plant with tall,
arching stems and long narrow leaves, Butterfly Bush is best known for its flowers, which attract butterflies .Seeds freely so can become invasive.
Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius), This upright, deciduous bush produces lots of yellow blooms in late spring. Scotch Broom is again invasive.
10 Plants that can tolerate full sun and sandy soil
Essential minerals for healthy gardening Explained here minerals for healthy soil
Types of Soil and the wild meadow flowers that will grow and thrive in them I have listed a few species of wild flowers and the soil they thrive in best on this page, soil wildflowers grow in