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Native Plants for Clay Soil

Clay soil presents special challenges for gardeners. The following coastal plain native plants will grow in clay soil and can tolerate periods of drought.

 

Blue Star

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Blue Star (Amsonia tabernaemontana)
  • Tough and adaptable
  • Flowers in spring
  • Great, long lasting cut flower
    zones 5-8

How to grow Blue Star

$7.00 - quart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Wild Indigo

Baptisia alba variety alba

White Wild Indigo (Baptisia alba variety alba)
$9.00 - quart
  • Spikes of white flowers in spring
  • Deer resistant
  • Beautiful with Blue Star
    zones 5-9

How to grow White Wild Indigo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Tangerine Beauty' Crossvine

Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty'

'Tangerine Beauty' Crossvine
  • Prolific bloomer!
  • Evergreen vine
  • Attracts hummingbirds
    zones 6-9
How to grow 'Tangerine Beauty' Crossvine
$9.00 - quart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buttonbush

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Buttonbush
  • Unique globe shaped flower clusters
  • Can grow in shallow water
  • Seeds are favorite of ducks
    zones 6-10

How to grow Buttonbush

$12.00 - gallon

sold out

available Oct. 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coastal Joe Pye Weed

Eutrochium dubium

Coastal Joe Pye Weed
$7.00 - quart
  • Attracts pollinators
  • Large dramatic flowers late summer
  • 4 to 6 ft. tall
    zones 6-8

How to grow Coastal Joe Pye Weed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Jones County' Narrow Leaf Sunflower

Helianthus angustifolius 'Jones County'

'Jones County' Narrow Leaf Sunflower
$7.00 - quart
  • Clumping plants
  • Long blooming period in fall
  • Masses of golden sunflower blossoms
    zones 7-9
How to grow Narrow Leaf Sunflower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Six Forks' Southern Blue Flag

Iris virginica variety virginica 'Six Forks'

Southern Bue Flag
$7.00 - quart
  • Dark purple flowered selection
  • Blooms in spring
  • Can grow in shallow water
    zones 7-9

How to grow Southern Blue Flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Bay

Magnolia virginiana variety virginiana

Sweet Bay
$12.00 - gallon

sold out

available Oct. 2014
  • Lemon scented flowers
  • Sun to part shade
  • Thrives in wet soil
    zones 6-8

How to grow Sweet Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Shelter Neck' Switch Grass

Panicum virgatum 'Shelter Neck'

'Shelter Neck' Switch Grass
$7.00 - quart
  • Airy flowers in late spring
  • Upright growth habit
  • Adaptable and reliable
    zones 7-9
How to grow 'Shelter Neck' Switch Grass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dwarf Palmetto

Sabal minor

Dwarf Palmetto
  • Bold evergreen leaves
  • Deer resistant
  • Tolerates salt spray
    zones 7-9

How to grow Dwarf Palmetto

$8.00 - quart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Fireworks' Goldenrod

Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'

'Fireworks' Goldenrod
$7.00 - quart
  • Low clumps of evergreen foliage
  • Compact habit
  • Looks great with Joe Pye Weed
    zones 5-9

How to grow 'Fireworks' Goldenrod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calico Aster

Symphyotrichum laterifolium

Calico Aster
$7.00 - quart
  • Attracts pollinators
  • 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide
  • Flowers in the fall
    zones 6-9

How to grow Calico Aster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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