wet soil and shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by sondrabags2
February 27, 2011
the landscraping around the foundation of my house seems to always be damp. I have lost alot of plants because of this. this spring i plan on adding more soil on top of the soil there. any suggestions of what else i can do and what shrubs would be best for that area. I would like for this area to look very nice. I have two pencil trees doing well and about 6 nandina. I plant in3/5's groups.


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Answer from NGA
February 27, 2011

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You could install a curtain drain to help redirect the water or you can use plants that tolerate soggy soils. Here are a few to choose from: Aconitum (Monkshood), Hibiscus (Rose Mallow), Actaea (Bugbane), Alchemilla (Lady?s Mantle), Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern), Alocasia (Elephant Ear), Monarda (Bee Balm), Aruncus (Goatsbeard), Mimulus (Monkey Flower), Asclepias incarnate (Swamp Milkweed), Miscanthus(some varieties) (Maiden Grass), Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster), Molinia caerulea (Purple Moor Grass), Astilbe, Myosotis (Forget Me Not), Astilboides tabularis (Shield Leaf), Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern), Athyrium (Lady Fern, ) Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass), Bergenia, Phalaris arundinacea (Ribbon Grass), Blechnum (Deer Fern), Physostegia (Obedient Plant), Canna, Polygonum (Soloman?s Seal), Chelone lyonii (Turtlehead), Primula (Primrose), Cyrtomium (Fish Tail Fern), Rodgersia (Rodger?s Flower), Gunnera (Dinosaur Food), Sisyrinchium californicum (Yellow Eyed Grass), Hosta (Plantain Lily), Thalictrum (Meadow Sweet), Ligularia, Tiarella (Foam Flower), Lysimachia (Loosestrife), Tradescantia virginiana (Spiderwort), Helenium autumnale (Helen?s Flower), Trollius (Globe Flower), Helianthus angustifolia (Swamp Sunflower), Zantedeschia (Common Calla), Arenaria (Corsican Sandwort), Lysimachia (Creeping Jenny), Galium (Sweet Woodruff, ) Mentha (Corsican Mint), Houttuyuna (Chameleon Plant), Potentilla (Spring Cinquefoil), Laurentia (Blue Star Creeper), Vinca minor (Dwarf Vinca).

Hope these suggestions help you find just the right plants for your landscape.

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