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.
Baptisia australisAlso called false indigo for its blue springtime flowers, baptisia is a native prairie plant with deep roots that push through the toughest clay soil. Other selections extend baptisia's color range to white, yellow, and purple. (BH)
Lungwort Top picks: 'Opal' features ice-blue flowers; 'Trevi Fountain' features cobalt-blue blooms. Plant it with: Japanese painted fern or 'Jack Frost' brunnera for a delightful silver-on-silver play. Lungwort grows best in Zones and reaches 1 foot tall.
Black Knight Butterfly Bush (full sun), Spectacular summer color from dark, violet-purple flower spikes. Fragrant flowers. Deciduous. Slightly hardier than other varieties, but may die to ground in cold winter areas, emerging vigorously in spring.