The Q&A Archives: Groundcovers

Question: What plants will grow in an area with clay soil and partial shade? I'm interested in ground covers and small shrubs that are interesting to look at. Thank you. Anthony Peters Seattle, WA

Answer: There are a number of shrubs and groundcovers that would grow well in part shade. It would be a good idea to amend the clay soil with lots of compost before planting to help the plant's grow better. You can try growing small leafed rhododendrons, azaleas, potentillas, cotoneaster and dwarf spirea as flowering shrubs. Groundcovers include vinca, pachysandra, sweet woodruff and lily of the valley as some examples. Check your local garden center for other ideas.

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