The Q&A Archives: What plants can withstand a lot of water?

Question: I live in zone 6.I am looking for some plants that can withstand a lot of water. I live in an area that when it rains the yard lays wet. Also are there plants out there that will help soak up water?

Answer: Here are some shrubs to consider for an area that is moist (but not standing water): deciduous holly (Ilex verticillata), inkberry holly (Ilex glabra), shrub dogwoods (Cornus sericea), Itea, and Virginia Sweetspire (Clethra). Unfortunately, while these shrubs do prefer a moist soil, I would not rely on them to solve a drainage problem by sucking up the water. Drain tiles or a swail might be a more permanent solution.

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