Clay soil has its advantages – it's very fertile, and it keeps plants well supplied with moisture. However, it can be claggy in winter, and baked solid in summer, and only certain plants can survive these conditions.
Any clay soil will benefit from efforts to improve its texture. Mulch generously in spring with well-rotted organic matter, coarse grit or bark – around a barrowload per square metre. Watch our video on mulching beds and borders.
Not sure what soil your have? Find out your soil type.
In the meantime, you can make a great garden with plants that thrive on heavier soils – here are some of the best plants for clay soil.
Grown for its autumn display of papery orange lanterns, which can be dried for indoor displays, Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii is a vigorous perennial that likes sun or partial shade. Height: 75cm.