Clay Soil Garden
Even if you're stuck with heavy, clay soil, you can grow a lovely garden.
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Free Garden Plan
Our free Planting Guide for this garden includes a larger version of the illustration, a detailed layout diagram, a list of plants for the garden as shown, a list of alternatives for each plant, and complete instructions for installing the garden. (Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to Planting Guides for all garden plans.)
Gardening in clay can be a real challenge. This heavy soil often drains poorly after a rain, then dries to a concrete-like surface. The plants chosen for this garden can handle clay soil, and will also shine in better conditions. Among the selections are a hawthorn tree, blue rug juniper, lady's mantel, and daylilies. Alternative plant suggestions allow you to customize the garden to your liking.