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

Biglerville, Pe
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?


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Answer from NGA
February 8, 2009

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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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