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  • Writer's pictureS. Blackson

Sandy Soil Favorites: Floral planting for coastal environments

Aquidneck Island is a special place, surrounded by the sea and sand. Living so close to the shore it’s not unlikely to find sand mixed into the soil wherever you dig into the land, including your garden. And, if you live close to the shore it’s likely sea spray will play a role in the wellness of your garden as well.

Coastal Florals

As a horticulturist, landscape designing includes a look at the soil quality, surrounding factors, and location to ensure that the right plants and flowers are chosen for the environment.

*While you’re in weekend mode, follow along! We’ve got all kinds of tips for summer planting.*


Wondering what flowers do well in sandy soil? Check out the list below, and visit our blog for the full list of coastal florals.

  1. Beach Rose: This hardy plant grows well in sandy soil and tolerates salt spray and wind very well.

  2. Sea Lavender: This salt-tolerant plant produces clusters of purple or blue flowers that bloom in mid to late summer.

  3. Beach Sunflower: This low-maintenance plant is perfect for sandy soils and produces bright yellow flowers that bloom from spring until early fall.

  4. Sea Holly: This unique plant grows well in coastal areas and produces striking blue or purple flowers that bloom in mid to late summer

  5. Goldenrod: This plant is known for its bright yellow flowers that bloom in late summer and early fall. It grows well in sandy soil and can tolerate salt spray.

  6. Sea Rocket: This salt-tolerant plant produces small white or pink flowers and is perfect for coastal gardens.

  7. Beach Morning Glory: This low-growing plant produces beautiful blue flowers that bloom from spring until early fall. It grows well in sandy soil and can tolerate salt spray.

  8. Sea Pinks: These hardy plants produce clusters of pink or white flowers that bloom from late spring until early fall. They grow well in sandy soil and can tolerate salt spray.

  9. Beach Pea: This plant produces clusters of purple or pink flowers that bloom from late spring until early fall. It grows well in sandy soil and can tolerate salt spray.

  10. Salt marsh Marigold: This plant produces masses of bright yellow flowers that bloom in early spring and can tolerate salt spray and wet soils.

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