Gardeners who have property that's partially in shade and have sandy soil are fortunate in that there are a number of shrubs to plant in these conditions, some of which include Japanese barberry, witchhazel and flowering quince.
Japanese barberry is a tough shrub that can flourish from hardiness zones 2 to 10. As a shrub, it can grow to 8 feet tall and thrives in sandy soil and partial shade. In spring, it bears tiny white flowers with a pink blush. These flowers are urn-shaped. Not only are the flowers of the barberry attractive, the bark and evergreen leaves add to its appeal.
Witchhazel is a large shrub that can grow between 15 and 20 feet tall. It's deciduous, with sweet smelling flowers. The leaves have a brilliant autumn color before they fall. Because of its tolerance for light shade, witchhazel does well in a woodland garden.
Flowering quince is renowned for its startling pink, red or white blossoms that arrive in early spring or even late winter. It grows from 6 to 10 feet tall and can grow quite well in sandy soil that's not too alkaline and in partial shade. It's drought tolerant and does not do well if it is watered too much.