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.
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...
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...
Warm pink bell flowers glow against maroon leaf colour in cold months; in warmer months the green leaves of this this compact perky bergenia...
Hardy native groundcover plant perfect for borders, rockeries, underplanting, hanging baskets, window boxes. Fine ferny foliage and cute lil...
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 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 Emerald Fountain
Native bordering and groundcover plant suited to almost any location or climate, especially shade. Super versatile, tolerates heat, drought,...
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...
Dichondra repens - kidneyweed
Lush native groundcover perfect for creating a natural carpet in shaded areas of the garden. usually available February-March and July-Se...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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 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...
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...
Melaleuca Claret Tops
Red new growth on soft grey-green leaves, with masses of white flowers in spring. Full sun gives leaves a brighter red colour. Claret Tops ...
Melaleuca thymifolia - honey myrtle
Fine-leaved bushy native shrub with purple-pink feathery flowers in summer-autumn. Good for screening and hedging, native gardens, wildlife ...
Myoporum Fine Leaf
Native low ground cover, will spread outwards to around 3m but never more than 30cm high. Creeping boobialla forms a thick mat of fine folia...
If you love Blush but wish it was green, Firepower is the nandina for you. Compact, very cold tolerant. Turns a brilliant red in winter and ...
Nandina Gulf Stream
Tough and hardy, with good cool-weather colour - ideal if you're missing the seasons in your subtropical garden, and frost-tolerant if you'r...
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