What Works Best in a Kansas City Garden? | Steve Johnston, Reece & Nichols Realtors
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What Works Best in a Kansas City Garden?


Getting ready to plant a garden? Or maybe just some new shrubs? Kansas City’s unique, warm climate makes it the perfect spot for some experimentation. So don’t be afraid to play around…and try new things!

Kansas City soil tends to have a lot of clay. Before planting anything, loosen the soil and add some organic material. There are many types of inexpensive compost available at your local garden shop or home improvement store.

For potted plants, use high-quality potting soil, preferably one with plant food already added. For an extra layer of moisture protection, throw a layer of wood chips on top of the soil after you plant.

Here are a few “tried and true” vegetables, flowers, and trees to try in and around the Kansas City area.


Thinking about planting a veggie garden? Make sure you choose vegetables and herbs that your family will actually eat! A few safe bets for the clay soils of Kansas City:

  • Tomatoes
  • Green beans
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Green onions


Perennials come back every year—without replanting. Good ones for Kansas City include:

  • Russian sage
  • Coneflower
  • Daisies
  • Hibiscus
  • Phlox

Annuals must be replanted every year, and are better choices for pots. A few reliable ones for our hot, dry summers:

  • Begonias
  • Petunias
  • Geraniums
  • Marigolds
  • Vincas


These choices hold up well in the Kansas City climate—and are regulars around town:

  • Burning bush
  • Viburnum
  • Roses
  • Hydrangea
  • Azalea
  • Boxwood
  • Lilacs
  • Crapemyrtle


Choose from shade trees, ornamental trees, and flowering trees:

  • Bradford pear
  • Redbud
  • Southern magnolias
  • Flowering dogwood
  • Red oak
  • Maples

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