Clay soil

Wed. May. 24, 2017

Click below to listen to my Garden Bite radio show:  Clay soil

Who hasn’t had THIS dilemma somewhere in the midwest?  Clay soil!  When people ask how they can change their clay soil, I tell them the real question is WHAT can I plant in clay soil?

It’s always a great idea to add compost or manure to your soil but to try to change the basic soil structure is nearly impossible and a lot of work.  So….

Clay soil tolerant perennials:

  • Daylilies offer loads of choices with differing bloom color, heights and bloom time
  • Russian Sage
  • Columbine – lovely in part shady areas
  • Liatris prefers full sun
  • Sedum with a large selection of choices too
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Monarda aka Bee Balm
  • New England aster
  • wild cranesbill
  • Grasses include ‘Karl Forester’ and ‘Little Bluestem’

Clay tolerant shrubs:

  • lilacs
  • Dogwood ‘Redosier’
  • Black Chokeberry
  • Dwarf bush honeysuckle
Lilac ‘Bloomerang’