A long shot, but will anything grow in soil heavy with salt and sand?

A long shot, but will anything grow in soil heavy with salt and sand?

I moved to my current apartment last fall. I had all sorts of dreams for the yard to the side of my apartment. (Tenants are pretty much free to do yardwork.) Then came winter and snow, snow, snow. And, most unfortunately, my yard is where the snow plows plowed the snow (and salt and sand). GRRRRR. So I've got a mess of a yard. Much of it is covered in sand/salt. What little grass there was when I moved in looked sickly. I now know why. Although I'd like to do something with the lawn area, I'm most wanting to do something with the raised flower bed right alongside the porch. It too got plenty of snow/salt/sand. So, basically, HELP! Is there any hope of growing flowers or herbs in the flower bed? And perhaps a ground cover of some sort in the lawn area? Or is this a lost cause? I just got a garden plot at the community gardens, and what little money I had to devote to gardening is really used up on that. This, of course, means I need a cheap fix. (Dream on, right?) I'm in zone 5.
Reflectors

Reflectors

Five Out of Five…..

Five Out of Five…..

some kind of bug?

some kind of bug?

Garden update…

Garden update…

OMG! Look What I FOUND!!

OMG! Look What I FOUND!!

first rose of spring!

first rose of spring!