Native Plants for Coastal Gardens with Sandy Soil

Suggestions for gardens with loose sandy soil, strong winds, salt spray. Do not amend soil at planting. Rather, use mulch to gradually build richer, more organic soil. Plants marked with an asterisk will be harder to get established in sandy soil. As your garden develops and soil becomes more enriched, give these a try.

 

Plant Name

 

Herbaceous

 

Common Name

 

 

Abronia latifolia

Abronia maritima

Achillea millefolium

Armeria maritima

Artemisia pycnocephela ‘David’s Choice’

Aster chilensis

Calystegia soldanella

Camissonia cheiranthifolia

 

Shrubs

Arctostaphylos edmundsii

Atriplex lentiformis ssp. breweri*

Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis*

Encelia californica*

Eriogonum fasciculatum ‘Dana Point’*

Eriogonum latifolium*

Eriogonum parvifolium* (subshrub)

Eriophyllum nevinii*

Lavatera assurgentiflora (shrub, tree)

Lessingia filaginifolia (subshrub)

Myrica californica*

Rhus integrifolia*

Salvia brandegeei

Salvia leucophylla

Saliva leucophylla 'Point Sal Spreader'

 

Perennials

Carex praegracilis

Erigeron glaucus*

Eriogonum cinereum

Eriophyllum staechadifolium var. artemisiaefolium

Erysimum menziesii ssp. concinnum

Fragaria chiloensis

Grindelia stricta var. platyphylla

Leymus condensatus 'Canyon Prince'

Lupinus arboreus

Tanacetum douglasii

 

Succulent

Dudleya hassei*

 

yellow sand verbena

red sand verbena

common yarrow

sea thrift

David’s Choice sandhill sage

aster

shore morning-glory

beach primrose


 

little Sur manzanita

coastal quailbush

Carmel creeper

bush sunflower

Dana Point buckwheat

coast buckwheat

coastal buckwheat

Nevin’s woolly sunflower

tree mallow

California aster

wax myrtle

lemonade berry

Brandegee sage

purple sage

Point Sal Spreader sage


 

sedge

seaside daisy

ashy leaf buckwheat

Seaside golden yarrow

wall flower

beach strawberry

gum plant

Canyon Prince giant rye grass

bush lupine

western tansy


 

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