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.
Acacia baileyana - Cootamundra wattle
Resilient adaptable wattle, with feathery delicate mimosa foliage and masses of iconic lemon-yellow powderpuff flowers in winter. It's perha...
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...
Betula - silver birch
Elegant, airy, slender tree with pearly-white bark and delicate apple-green leaves that turn to a shower of gold in autumn. You can see why ...
Hardy native groundcover plant perfect for borders, rockeries, underplanting, hanging baskets, window boxes. Fine ferny foliage and cute lil...
Brachyscome multifida Pink
Cute pink native daisy flowers burst in spring above a fine-leaved rambling groundcover. Easygoing in most soil types, even coastal gardens....
Irresistible to birds; excellent for hedging, tolerant of heavy and seasonally waterlogged soils. Deep bright red long bottlebrush flowers c...
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 Scarlet Flame
Neat lowgrowing bottlebrush with slender foliage. Masses of scarlet flowers that helpfully drop to the ground when finished, to allow the ru...
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...
Citrus - sweet orange
One of the pleasures of a subtropical garden is plucking fresh sweet fruit straight from the tree. Imagine fresh orange juice for breakfast!...
Dianella Cherry Red
Dianella are such a useful native grass for all kinds of garden situations. This one combines usefulness and beauty with broad dark green le...
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...
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...
Eremophila Winter Gold - emu bush
Tough adaptable native, loves the dry air and sun of inland gardens, happy in clay or sandy soils; Flowers mainly in winter-spring but occas...
Evergreen flowering hedge shrub to 2.5m, with clusters of scented white blossoms and neat glossy foliage. Ideal for seaside and coastal g...
Escallonia Pink Pixie
Very compact form of this evergreen shrub ideal for coastal and rooftop gardens, however small the space, and low neat hedges. Clusters of t...
Festuca glauca - blue fescue grass
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...
Grevillea Carpet Layer
Great little groundcover with bright flowers at least half the year, and very ornamental leaves all year round. Keeps the weeds down, keeps ...
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