You did your research on what plants you wanted, and after a trip to your local nursery you picked out the perfect ones for your garden. But have you thought about the soil? Dirt is as important as water for plants and having the right type of soil can be the difference between a healthy long living plant and a short-lived one. There are six classifications of dirt/soil out there: clay, sandy, silty, chalky, peaty and loamy. Don’t worry; here is your dirt and soil breakdown part 1!

Clay soil. You can verify  the soil in your yard is clay by taking a sample in your hand and adding water. Clay soil feels sticky and can retain a good amount of water. There are many beautiful plants that can thrive in clay soil. For example, asters, daylilies, ferns and Japanese iris to name a few.

Sandy soil. To check if your soil is sandy, take dirt and add water. If the soil breaks off and crumbles through your fingers, it’s sandy. Water drains quickly through this type of soil and for that reason there are only certain plants that can live in it. Some of the most beautiful plants for this soil are lavender, cosmos and the California poppy.

Silty Soil. When moist, this soil has a soapy quality and leaves dirt on your skin if rolled between your fingers. You can grow trees, shrubs and flowers here. Some examples are weeping willows, elderberry shrubs and the swamp milkweed, which attracts Monarch butterflies and hummingbirds.

Stay tuned for part two. We’ll discuss chalky, peaty and loamy soil and how you can make them work in your garden! And don’t forget, if you need help, Schroeder’s Garden Design can help you with all phases of your project. Just give us a call!

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