What plants can withstand a lot of water? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by a_turk_11
February 8, 2009
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 from NGA
February 8, 2009
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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