What Grows In Heavy Clay Soil?

Lettuce, chard, snap beans and other crops with shallow roots benefit from clay soil’s ability to retain moisture, and broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage often grow better in clay soil than looser loams because their roots enjoy firm anchorage.

What plants grow best in clay soil?

14 Plants That Thrive in Clay Soil

  • Iris. Iris species, including Japanese, Louisiana, bearded and more, tend to perform very well on heavy soil.
  • Miscanthus. Ornamental grasses do very well in clay.
  • Heuchera.
  • Baptisia.
  • Platycodon.
  • Hosta.
  • Aster.
  • Rudbeckia.

What will grow in wet clay soil?

Tough herbaceous plants like clivia, hostas, paeonies and daylilies thrive in slightly acidic and nutrient rich clay soils. As a bonus they won’t spread so fast so need dividing less often. Roses, hydrangea, philadlelphus and viburnum will do well too. Many natives don’t mind getting occasional wet feet.

What fruit trees grow well in clay soil?

Plums and Apples – Fairly free-draining soil is needed. Apples on MM106 (semi dwarfing rootstock) will cope with heavier clay soils than those on M9 (dwarf rootstock). Peaches and citrus– Free draining spots needed. When planting on clay it’s best to plant on a slope and take care to improve the soil when planting.