Full Sun and Clay Soil - Knowledgebase Question

Rock Hill, SC
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Question by cbaldus
October 8, 2005
What do I plant in clay soil with full afternoon sun in the middle/lower southern region? The soil has been tilled 8-10

Answer from NGA
October 8, 2005
It sounds as though you've done most of the hard work - my only other suggestion is for you to work a few inches of organic matter into the bed prior to planting. Use compost, shredded leaves, or aged-manure. This organic matter will help hold moisture in the root area, yet help things drain well to keep your plants happy. Once you've incorporated some organic matter into the entire bed, you can choose from among the following plants that like hot sun and clay soil:
Perennials for Hot, Dry Conditions
Achillea species Yarrow
Agapanthus africanus Lily-of-the-Nile
Agave parryi Hardy Century Plant
Andropogon species Bluestem Grass
Artemisia species Artemesia
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed
Baptisia species False Indigo
Belamcanda Blackberry Lily
Coreopsis species Coreopsis
Cortaderia selloana Pampas Grass
Delosperma cooperi Hardy Ice Plant
Festuca ovina Blue Fescue
Gaillardia species Blanket Flower
Gaura lindheimeri Gaura
Helianthus species Perennial Sunflower
Hemerocallis species and hybrids Daylily
Hesperaloe parviflora False Red Yucca
Iris hybrids Bearded Iris
Kniphofia uvaria Red Hot Poker
Lantana species Lantana
Lavandula x intermedia Provence Lavender
Liatris species Gayfeather
Limonium latifolium Sea Lavender
Nepeta species Catmint
Oenothera species Evening Primrose, Sundrops
Opuntia humifusa Prickly Pear Cactus
Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian Sage
Phlomis species Jerusalem Sage
Rudbeckia species Black-eyed Susan
Ruellia brittoniana Mexican Petunia
Salvia greggi Texas Sage
Santolina species Lavender Cotton
Sedum species Stonecrop
Sempervivum tectorum Hens & Chickens
Solidago odora Sweet Goldenrod
Stachys byzantina Lamb?s Ear
Verbena species Verbena
Yucca species Yucca

Best wishes with your new garden!

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