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"Pen Pineapple Apple Pen!"
(set 28 days ago)
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I'm going to join the crowd. I've had good luck with bare root plants. OP native phlox supposedly have very deep root systems. They may not do well in a pot. You can look for plants that have been developed specifically for containers.
BTW there are plants that supposedly do well in clay soil. It depends on where you are. You may also need to get a soil test to find out the PH. That can make a big difference if plants are dying. Buddleia may not do well in a very acid soil.
Supposedly baptisia grow well in clay. According to a recent Fine Gardening article, they are easy to start from seed directly sown in soil. Maybe you can experiment with seeds instead of plants. They may be cheaper.
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