Some might find it hard to identify plants that can grow well in clay soil. But actually there are lots of them! Read this article to find out what are those plants and how to plant them.
Clay soils bring many gardeners out in a cold sweat. They have a reputation as back-breaking and impossible to work with. But the truth is that clay soils can be truly brilliant in a garden.
They are rich in nutrients and retain plenty of moisture, two important things that plants need to grow well. In fact, many plants thrive in these conditions.
Here’s my guide to handling clay soils, including how to improve them and a list of the best plants for clay soils, in both full sun and partial shade.
What are clay soils?
First, it helps to understand what we mean by clay soil. This type of soil has a structure made of very fine particles which sit closely together, meaning that air and water cannot easily move through the soil. This is what makes it ‘heavy’ and it can lead to poor drainage.
The biggest problem with clay soil is that it gets waterlogged. This can slow the growth of plants and even cause the roots to rot.
Clay soil is also heavy to dig and slow to warm up in spring. But these issues are outweighed by the potential clay soil has to be the foundation for a wide range of plants.