Native plants for clay soil


I have very heavy clay soil. While I am adding raised beds for vegetables, I have areas thats mostly shade and no grass grows there. What plants/ ground covers can I plant on that shaded clay soil?


I have the same conditions in my own garden and have had success with hostas, ferns and heucheras. If you would like to grow some native plants how about wild geranium, foam flower or bloodroot. For more native plant options see the pamphlet Grow Me Instead at the Ontario Invasive Plants website:

Toronto Master Gardeners has a guide called Perennials for Shade in Dry or Moist Areas: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide that will give you many more good suggestions as well as ways to amend clay soil for better drainage:

Another Toronto Master Garden Guide  Annuals for Shade: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide  offers a wealth of suggestions for colourful annuals that will grow in shade including impatiens, coleus, begonias, fuchsia and many more: