Plants for Clay Soil
for the Harford County Area


In this section you'll find a group of plants for planting in clay soil in the Harford County area. These plants don't require a lot of additional care once they are established. For perennials, small shrubs, and evergreens I amend the soil from the planting hole with peat moss or compost to improve moisture retention and add perlite to improve drainage. (Sand is usually recommended in books and magazine articles but it is too heavy for me.) For trees and large shrubs I don't amend the planting soil. Except as noted in the notes for each plant, they are watered every four to six weeks during droughts after being established.

With summer droughts becoming more common, I'm thinking about how we can still have lovely gardens under drought conditions and watering restrictions. I think we just need to be careful in picking the plants we use as they must be able to withstand a certain amount of drought. With some exceptions, these are the types of plants I will be adding to the recommended plants list.

Don't forget that all plants--trees, shrubs, vines, evergreens, and perennials--need to be established by watering on a regular basis during their first year or two after planting. Please see "Establishing Your Plants" in the Planting and Maintenance section of the Archives for further information.

I'll be adding more plants to this listing from time to time so stop back to learn about the new plants added. Perhaps you'll find the perfect plants for that new bed you've been thinking about making or for that bed you already have that looks bedraggled in our summer droughts.

To learn more, click on the appropriate plant grouping below.

Bulbs for Clay Soil          Conifers for Clay Soil
Hollies for Clay Soil          Perennials for Clay Soil
Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Clay Soil
Plants for Clay Soil and Dry Shade
Plants for Sun and Dry Soil

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