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...
Acorus - variegated sweet flag
Arching very slender grass, striped green and gold, super cold-hardy. Loves moist soils, creek margins, bog gardens; will even grow in coldw...
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 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...
Banksia serrata - saw leafed banksia
Robust 15m native Australian banksia with green-cream brushes during spring and autumn. Suited to seaside gardens - where it will grow as a ...
Banksia spinulosa - hairpin banksia
Large shrub or small tree with rich golden orange flowers, loved by native wildlife. Prefers sandy or clay soils, happy in tropical or tempe...
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 Silver
Like Little John it's a small compact native shrub with masses of little red bottlebrush flowers; but the foliage has a subtle silvery sheen...
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 Emerald Fountain
Native bordering and groundcover plant suited to almost any location or climate, especially shade. Super versatile, tolerates heat, drought,...
Dianella Little Jess™
Very compact variety of a native grass with a profusion of purple flowers in spring, and fresh green foliage year round. Great drought toler...
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...
Evergreen flowering hedge shrub to 2.5m, with clusters of scented white blossoms and neat glossy foliage. Ideal for seaside and coastal g...
Festuca glauca - blue fescue
Outstanding small ornamental grass featuring steel-blue foliage all year round. Fine slender leaves, neat shape, compact and rounded.
Ficinia nodosa - club rush
Quick establishing Australian native tussock grass, ideal planted around water features, ponds, and dry creek beds. Excellent filtration ...
Juncus usitatus - common rush
Native ornamental grass for margins of waterways and ponds. Ideal grass for revegetation, and soil stabilisation of banks, and provides a na...
Gracefully weeping aromatic evergreen foliage, covered in white flowers late winter to spring. Lovely as a vigorous native hedge in most loc...
Lomandra hystrix - mat rush
You love this plant and we can see why! Better in wet soils and humid locations than Lomandra longifolia. Will grow in almost any climate, s...
Lomandra Little Con
Petite form of this native grass, perfect for small gardens as a bordering plant or in a container, or even as a no-mow lawn in traffic-free...
Tough as - Easy to see why it's one of your favourites! Better in dry soils and dry climates than hystrix, and more upright. Will grow in al...
Mazus Fairy Dust
Fast-growing resilient little groundcover, flowering for six months of the year and tolerant of being walked on. Plant it between paving, in...
Mazus Fairy Lights
Sturdy little lawn-alternative groundcover, generous with flowers for six months of the year. Will quickly cover the ground and tolerate bei...
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