Clay soil can be tough for plants to thrive in, but not for these hardy plants! Choose from beautiful flowers that actually thrive in clay so you can enjoy a gorgeous garden or flowerbed. Our favorites include geranium, sunflower, hosta and coral bells.
Rozanne Perennial Geranium 'Rozanne' gives you big flower power: It starts blooming in June and the show of sky blue flowers continues nonstop all the way to frost. This perennial makes a bold statement as it weaves through the garden. Name: Geranium 'Rozanne' Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide Zones: 4-8
It's hard to beat false sunflower for garden performance. This tough perennial blooms all summer long and boasts impressive heat- and drought-tolerance. Most varieties, such as 'Summer Sun', shown here, grow 3-5 feet tall. 'Tuscan Sun' remains under 3 feet tall, perfect for small-space gardens.
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' sedum is a drought-resistant perennial flower that grows well in most soil types, even dense clay. Plant it in full sun for best results. Its late-summer blooms attract butterflies. Name: Sedum 'Autumn Joy' Zones: 3-10
One of the most reliable and longest blooming plants for the garden, cranebill geraniums add a burst of color that starts in spring and lasts until first frost. The small, cup-shaped blooms are available in blue, pink, rose and magenta. Select a site that has good drainage. Not related to the annual geranium used in planters. USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9