Asked on May 10, 2017

My garden is all clay. What is best to plant?

RuthPatriciaJanet Pizaro


5 answers
  • Susie Lee
    Susie Lee
    on May 10, 2017

    Not much, unfortunately. I can't tell you how many trees we lost when we first moved to our home with clay soil. The best thing to do is get enough topsoil and compost mounded up so that the roit's don't get drowned when watered by heavy rains. Clay holds so much moisture. That being said, here is a link to some thriving plants that have been grown in clay.

    Happy gardening!💐

  • Sandra Allen
    Sandra Allen
    on May 10, 2017

    Susie's idea is good. Have you thought about container gardening. I bit of an investment unless you make your own or go dollar tree/thrift store. But, so would bringing in soil so it might be about the same. I love how versatile they are since you can move them or fix/replace them if they break. Hope that helps.
  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on May 10, 2017

    What is your location?
  • Patricia
    on May 10, 2017

    Day lilies, purple cone flowers, black-eyed Susan, or Iris typically do well in clay soil. For added green try some ferns. We also had success with vibernam but that is more of a shrub and does grow tall. Start with a few plants to see how they do and maybe supplement with some flowers or plants in containers for added interest until you find the right fit.
  • Ruth
    on May 10, 2017

    Thank you for all your replies. I certainly have a starting point now.
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