Jubilee Bank Holiday

Due to the Jubilee bank holiday, our last despatch date will be Tuesday the 31st of May and will resume again on Monday the 6th of June.

Web sales department open Monday – Friday between 8am – 4.30pm.

Our Staffordshire based garden centre will be open daily between 8am – 4.30pm.

Jubilee Bank Holiday

Due to the Jubilee bank holiday, our last despatch date will be Tuesday the 31st of May and will resume again on Monday the 6th of June.

Web sales department open Monday – Friday between 8am – 4.30pm.

Our Staffordshire based garden centre will be open daily between 8am – 4.30pm.

Shrubs for dry sandy soil

Sandy soils dry out easily, allowing rainwater to filter through quickly with limited water and nutrient retention. This makes them ideal for Mediterranean and drought tolerant plants, which thrive in these types of conditions. Whilst lavender is perhaps the obvious choice for sandy soils, other shrubs such as amelanchier, spotted laurel, berberis, butterfly bush, callistemon, caryopteris, ceanothus, cherry laurel, choisya, dogwood, witch hazel, cotinus, cotoneaster, elaeagnus, escallonia, euonymus, hebe, hydrangea, holly, lavatera, lavender, lonicera, mahonia, photinia, potentilla, pyracantha, sambucus, skimmia, spiraea, syringa, viburnum, vinca and weigela. Sandy soils also benefit from being easy to work and warm up quickly in spring, helping your plants come out of the winter dormancy period and burst into growth. The best natural way to improve sandy soils is to dig in plenty (1-2 buckets per square metre) of well-rotted organic matter such as garden compost or manure. Incorporate a slow-release fertiliser such as Osmocote when planting and mulch with a 5cm (2 inch) layer of bark to suppress weeds and aid water retention. Water thoroughly and regularly through periods of dry weather, especially whilst your plants become established.

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