Growing Plants in Clay Soil?

April 13, 2009

What are the easiest plants to grew in clay like dirt?

Hardiness Zone: 7b

By Catherine from LaVergne, TN



April 13, 20090 found this helpful

Roses. They love a heavy soil like clay. It holds the water in, roses are heavy drinkers.

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April 13, 20090 found this helpful

Tomatoes do very good in clay soil. Wish I had some here in AL, good luck.

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April 17, 20090 found this helpful

I agree with 587 and add hostas of all kinds to that.

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April 20, 20090 found this helpful

I live in zone 5b of Pennsylvania. I also have clay soil. I find that plants termed "invasive" in other areas do well for me here. I suggest old fashioned daylilies, hosta, lamium (dead nettle), azaleas and rhododendrons, purple (or other colored) coneflowers, phlox, creeping phlox, liatris, fairy roses, iris, mints, primroses, narcissus, crocus, goldenrod, and others you can find by websearch like Google.

Best of luck.

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We have a cabin in West Virginia and I want to plant some trees but have no clue what type are best. We have clay soil. Hope someone can help.



March 13, 20050 found this helpful

You did not mention the tree(s) location, sun, shade, etc, so here are a few ideas based on your Zone 6, and clay soil...near a street or heavily traveled zone with cars: Trident Maple, Dawn Redwood, Nootka Cypress; in the shade: White Oak, Red Oak, Sargent Cherry; Evergreens: Spruce, Sweet Bay Magnolia, White Pine; Flowering Tres: Bradford Pear, Flowering Cherry. For the clay soil, make sure you are raising the bed on which the tree lies for good drainage.

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By Little Elf (Guest Post)
June 9, 20060 found this helpful


Some trees that are best suited to clay are:

Norway and Silver Maple
Ohio Buckeye and Horsechestnut
River Birch
White, Black and Green Ash
Common Honeylocust
Kentucky Coffeetree
European Larch and Tamarack
Apples and Crabapples
Aspen and Cottonwood
Bur Oak and Eastern Pin Oak
Swamp White Oak

Hope this information helps!

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