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Astrantia major ‘Roma’ is clump-forming perennial that tolerates clay soil and blooms well if kept moist.

Astrantia major ‘Roma’ is clump-forming perennial that tolerates clay soil and blooms well if kept moist.

Alchemilla mollis ‘Select’ "Lady's Mantle": for the shade garden , this is one tough-as-nails, clay-tolerant cookie,  Lovely dense mounds of velvety apple green scalloped leaves that make just about the easiest, most reliable edger for shade. Water droplets bead up.  About 1' tall in bloom and 1.5' across, I grow it in front of the shade-providing taller sun shrubs as well. If it ever looks tired, just shear it back hard and you'll have fresh new growth lickety split! Deer resistant.

Alchemilla mollis ‘Select’ "Lady's Mantle": for the shade garden , this is one tough-as-nails, clay-tolerant cookie, Lovely dense mounds of velvety apple green scalloped leaves that make just about the easiest, most reliable edger for shade. Water droplets bead up. About 1' tall in bloom and 1.5' across, I grow it in front of the shade-providing taller sun shrubs as well. If it ever looks tired, just shear it back hard and you'll have fresh new growth lickety split! Deer resistant.

Astilbe -- one of the easier perennials for a shade garden.  They don't like dry or clay soil.   Good in a little bit wet areas.

Astilbe -- one of the easier perennials for a shade garden. They don't like dry or clay soil. Good in a little bit wet areas.

Allium Gladiator bulbs - Height: tall 44"   (Plant 6-8" apart.) blooms Late Spring to Early Summer. Full Sun, Soil Condition: Normal, Sandy, Acidic, Clay. Flowers the size of a softball on 3-5' leafless stems. Plant in groups of 3 or more for best effect.

Allium Gladiator (Ornamental Onion)

Allium Gladiator bulbs - Height: tall 44" (Plant 6-8" apart.) blooms Late Spring to Early Summer. Full Sun, Soil Condition: Normal, Sandy, Acidic, Clay. Flowers the size of a softball on 3-5' leafless stems. Plant in groups of 3 or more for best effect.

Five Fabulous Garden Plans Our garden editors designed these garden plans to solve your most troubling spaces.

Five Fabulous Garden Plans

Five Fabulous Garden Plans Our garden editors designed these garden plans to solve your most troubling spaces.

No 6). Brunnera 'Jack Frost'.  Heavily frosted and veined leaves. Blue flowers in spring

Brunnera Jack Frost (Siberian Bugloss, False Forget Me Not)

No 6). Brunnera 'Jack Frost'. Heavily frosted and veined leaves. Blue flowers in spring

Cranesbill Provides a Weedproof Ground Cover - Lovely low growing perennial that has a big bloom in the spring and smaller blooms during the summer. Very tolerant of dry conditions. Easy to divide and start in a different place. Have kept mine going for 20 years. Also known as Hardy Geranium. I love this!

Cranesbill Provides a Weedproof Ground Cover - Lovely low growing perennial that has a big bloom in the spring and smaller blooms during the summer. Very tolerant of dry conditions. Easy to divide and start in a different place. Have kept mine going for 20 years. Also known as Hardy Geranium. I love this!

Helleborus ‘Peppermint Ice’  “Lenten Rose” from Annies Annuals

Helleborus ‘Peppermint Ice’ “Lenten Rose” from Annies Annuals

Hosta  A favorite in the shade garden for its attractive foliage, many hostas also produce pretty spikes of white or lavender blooms. 'Patriot' hosta, pictured, has blue-green leaves dramatically edged in pure white. Grows well in clay soils but needs regular water.  Name: Hosta selections  Zones: 3-9

Top Plants that Thrive in Clay

Hosta A favorite in the shade garden for its attractive foliage, many hostas also produce pretty spikes of white or lavender blooms. 'Patriot' hosta, pictured, has blue-green leaves dramatically edged in pure white. Grows well in clay soils but needs regular water. Name: Hosta selections Zones: 3-9

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