Plants For Wet Clay Soil - Knowledgebase Question

Dix Hills, NY
Question by mlondon2
April 14, 2001
We have clay soil and when it rains it pools on top of the ground. Do you have any ideas for small trees or shrubs that are good water users so in addition to having something grow successfully it might help our water problem. Thanks.


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Answer from NGA
April 14, 2001

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Your best choices under the circumstance will include marginal, or bog type plants. These plants tolerate wet soils, but will also require moisture during the dry summer weather - don't forget to water them regularly! Some plants to consider for a very wet location might include marsh marigold, Japanese Iris, and for summer color, cannas. The perennial Lobelia cardinalis might also work along the edge of a boggy area. Red twig dogwood shrubs, winterberry hollies (Ilex verticillata),inkberry hollies (Ilex glabra) and several other native shrubs such as summersweet clethra, itea, and aronia might also grow well for you. The "Heritage" river birch and the red or swamp maple (Acer rubrum) and any of the willows could also be a possibility.


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