What to plant if your soil is : Clay

At the Plant Plot we can advise on the best plants for specific parts of your garden and soil types. Please ask us for guidance if you are unsure. Although clay soils are often seen as being problematical - soggy and wet in winter and like concrete in summer - a good clay soil is one of the best soils you can have as it will grow just about any plant well. Clay particles are extremely small, with 1,000 times the surface area in a given volume of soil compared with larger sandy soil particles. As a result, clay packs closely and binds water tightly by surface tension preventing it draining away.

Trees and Shrubs

Amelanchier
Aucuba
Berberis
Campsis
Chaenomeles
Choisya
Cornus alba
Corylus
Cotoneaster
Forsythia
Garrya
Hypericum
Mahonia
Philadelphus
Pyracantha
Ribes
Rosa
Salix caprea
Skimmia japonica
Spiraea
Symphoricarpos
Taxus
Viburnum
Vinca
Weigela

Perennials

Aruncus
Astilbe
Caltha
Gunnera
Hemerocallis
Hosta
Houttuynia
Lobelia cardinalis
Lysimachia
Lythrum
Mimulus
Phormium
Polygonum
Primula
Ranunculus
Rheum
Rodgersia
Sinecio
Tradescantia
Trollius