Ground Cover For Clay Soil

Ground Cover For Clay Soil

Ground cover plants are good land covering plants if you have no plans to put grass. Among all the environmental factors which will affect the growth of these plants, the clay soil type is one of the most serious issues for most ground cover species. Most plants prefer a neutral PH value and well-drained soil types. The clay soil has a very dense character and water cannot be easily penetrated into. It make very hard for most plants to survive except for a few species.

Sumacs are a commonly used ground cover plant which can resist most bad quality soil types. Most sumacs can grow up to 2 meters in height based on different species chosen for your garden. They have beautiful foliage in summer and most of them can bear colorful colors in warm season. They can spread quickly in your backyard, and they can also be easily transplanted into another area.

Viola is a very beautiful flowering ground cover plant and it is the option of many professional gardeners. The purple blossom of this plant is a great bonus for your spring garden. It needs very little maintenance and they need full sunlight or partial shade environment to survive. They can also resist moist soil types as well. Another common plant, Astilbe, will produce fern-like leaves and color flowers. It likes to grow in wet soil types and can resist clay soil very well. Its beautiful blossom can attract a number of insects for your garden in summer.

If you want some ground cover plants which can bear delicious fruits for your children, Barberry and Chokeberry may be a good choice for you. Both of them can resist most hardy soil types including the clay soil. They can easy be transplanted to another area through find cuttings. Barberry can reach a height of 2 meters and the shorter Chokeberry can only grow to less than one meter in height. In harvest season, you can be beneficial its delicious fruits as well.

Image provided By Jason Hollinger (Darwin’s Barberry Uploaded by Amada44) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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