ground cover for sandy soil

GSchoenfeld(z6 ny,)September 18, 2005

I just bought a house on Coney Island, 2 blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, with a long, narrow backyard, 20' x 50'. The soil is extremely sandy and exposed to bright sunlight most of the day; the only shade is from two wooden fences, 6' high, on both sides of the property. I am planning to put a flagstone patio and path down, and am also looking for a good groundcover that will take hold in these conditions. I would also like to put down a number of other beautiful plants and am looking for ideas about what might flourish in these somewhat unusual conditions. If you have any suggestions, I would be very, very grateful.

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adp_abq(7b NM)

ideal conditions for creeping thyme.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2005 at 2:52PM
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beachbarbie(z9a/8b NC)

I have similar conditions, just a lot warmer in the summer!
I don't have any suggestions, other than to ask your county's cooperative extension. They know what plants work best for your conditions. I know I've received invaluable help from mine.
I bet though, you could grow ornamental grasses successfully. We have to be careful which ones we grow down here because they can get invasive.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2005 at 4:50PM
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