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Shade, wet clay and short?

Summersweet is a great choice for a compact shrub in a damp, shady area. Also: inkberry holly, dwarf Virginia sweetspire and buttonbush.

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cool idea, but the flowers don't want to grow in the part of the bucket that is shaded. this person must have just planted these flowers because there is no way the pansies inside the bucket would bloom.

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Mason Jar Soil Test | Determining what type of soil you have in your garden can be done with a glass jar with a lid, some water, and a sample of your soil. When soil particles separate you can see a mixture of the main soil types: sand, silt and clay. A well balanced soil … Read More →

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from David Domoney

The best plants for clay soil: Grow in full sun and partial shade

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from Better Homes and Gardens

Top Plants that Thrive in Clay

If you’re gardening with clay soil, you may experience some issues landscaping with flowers. These are the best plants you can grow in clay, including some of our favorites like aster, black-eyed Susan, Russian sage, and more.

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from Better Homes and Gardens

Five Fabulous Garden Plans

Five Fabulous Garden Plans Our garden editors designed these garden plans to solve your most troubling spaces.

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Allium Gladiator bulbs - Height: tall 44" (Plant 6-8" apart.) blooms Late Spring to Early Summer. Full Sun, Soil Condition: Normal, Sandy, Acidic, Clay. Flowers the size of a softball on 3-5' leafless stems. Plant in groups of 3 or more for best effect.

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from Better Homes and Gardens

Top Plants that Thrive in Clay

Colorful Aster thrives in tough clay soil. See more plants that grow well in clay: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/best-plants-to-grow-in-clay/

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from Better Homes and Gardens

Top Plants that Thrive in Clay

Hosta A favorite in the shade garden for its attractive foliage, many hostas also produce pretty spikes of white or lavender blooms. 'Patriot' hosta, pictured, has blue-green leaves dramatically edged in pure white. Grows well in clay soils but needs regular water. Name: Hosta selections Zones: 3-9

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Violets need plentiful light. From October-April, grow them in the sunny east window, from May-September - north exposure. Otherwise, the harsh summer sun would fry their leaves. To keep the plants shapely, give the pots a quarter-turn every other day. To increase humidity, group plants together. Even better, set them on pebble-filled trays. Grow plants in clay pots. Clay absorbs moisture, and then releases it as humidity through evaporation. Water enough to keep the soil moist,- not…

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