Quagmires in the rainy season, concrete-hard and cracked in drought - clay soils can be very challenging to gardeners. They're also often high in nutrients and if the structure can be improved, make some of the best growing conditions for plants.
Dig in as much organic material as you can - sugar cane mulch, mushroom compost, your own homemade compost - and mulch it well. Stay off the soil as much as possible, after rain.
can also help with the soil structure; and if you have very acid soil (or want to grow vegetables) calcium is a useful improver.
We also recommend
for clay, which we offer as seeds.
Acmena smithii Minor
Create a natural privacy screen to 3m using this dense-growing hardy attractive Australian native. Rich bronze new growth, fluffy summer flo...
Ampelopsis elegans - porcelain vine
Vigorous vine grown for its large variegated leaves, and those freckled pastel berries, like glossy Cadbury mini eggs, which cluster among t...
Banksia Giant Candles
Massive orange flowers which native birds will love even more than you do. Hybrid banksia, and like all mongrels is tough and resilient - gr...
Banksia robur - swamp banksia
Tough spreading shrub with bright felty new growth and impressive gold-tan flower spikes. Can cope with moist or seasonally flooded soils, a...
Hardy native groundcover plant perfect for borders, rockeries, underplanting, hanging baskets, window boxes. Fine ferny foliage and cute lil...
Irresistible to birds; excellent for hedging, tolerant of heavy and seasonally waterlogged soils. Cheery bright red long bottlebrush flowers...
Callistemon Kings Park Special
Large bright red flowers in spring and summer on a large shrub to 3m. Tolerates clipping, makes a wildlife-friendly privacy hedge. Named for...
Callistemon Little John
Small compact versatile bottlebrush to under 1m with scarlet red flowers that give a spectacular massed display of colour. Very hardy low he...
Callistemon White Anzac
A low-and-wide bottlebrush, abundant white flowers in summer, and a good partner to the tall Wilderness White variety. Good for birdwatching...
Chrysocephalum - yellow buttons
Silvery-green native ground cover with bright yellow flowers, adaptable to all kinds of garden situations and climates. Plant in a sunny spo...
Dianella Silver Streak variegated
A lovely white-striped compact form of the native dianella. Ideal for adding light and colour to shaded areas of the garden, impressive in m...
Dymondia - silver carpet
We think this might be a new favourite with many gardeners - a drought-tolerant silver-green groundcover for poor dry soils. Plant it, water...
Festuca glauca - blue fescue
Outstanding small ornamental grass featuring steel-blue foliage all year round. Fine slender leaves, neat shape. Will develop to a compact r...
Ficinia nodosa - club rush
Quick establishing Australian native tussock grass, ideal planted around water features, ponds, and dry creek beds. Excellent filtration ...
Grevillea Canterbury Gold™
Fast-growing low-mounding grevillea with spider flowers that nectar-feeding birds go crazy for. Great addition to the native and wildlife ga...
Grevillea Forest Rambler
Gorgeous fast-growing shrub spreading 2-3 metres and reaching a little higher. Yellow to pale pink flowers in Spring. Suitable for reasonabl...
Small to medium height, and a nice shape, Moonlight makes a beautiful addition to any garden. Birds love the creamy white flowers, abundant ...
Hedera helix - ivy
Fast-growing vigorous evergreen groundcover, self-clinging wall climber, instant topiary plant trained over a framework. Superlative plant f...
Hibbertia scandens - snake vine
Bright sunshiny golden-flowering vine, perfect for rockeries and groundcover planting, where they'll keep the weeds down. Can be clipped to ...
Lovely small native tea tree with double flowers in plum, pink and white. Very hardy and adaptable once established, tolerates drought and f...
Leptospermum Burgundy Queen
Drought and frost hardy, burgundy foliage year round and heaps of brilliant double magenta flowers winter and spring. Grows to a tidy height...
Gracefully weeping aromatic evergreen foliage, covered in white flowers late winter to spring. Lovely as a vigorous native hedge in most loc...
Leptospermum Lavender Queen
Neat compact hedging tea tree, ideal for cool and coastal gardens and sandy soils, though will adapt happily to most climates and conditions...
Leptospermum Lemon Bun - tea tree
Makeover time! Lemon Bun breeding tames the sprawling, leggy parent plant L. obovatum into a neat dense free-flowering shrub that would grac...
Leptospermum Pink Cascade
Only 80cm tall but will cascade to 1.5m. Masses of dainty soft pink flowers add charm to the most harsh growing conditions, even soggy heavy...
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