What plants soak up lots of water? - Knowledgebase Question

downers grove, Il
Question by kag0405
May 19, 2009
I have an area with poor drainage....it's always damp. What would be good to plant in it to soak up some of the water?


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Answer from NGA
May 19, 2009

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You may need to experiment a bit to find which perennials do the best for you, before going whole hog and making extensive plantings of any one thing. However some which tolerate fairly damp situations would include Japanese Iris, Yellow Flag Iris, Hibiscus moscheutos (rose mallow), Joe Pye Weed, lobelia, monarda, lady's mantle and some of the ornamental grasses. Occasionally you will also find that Black-Eyed Susan, Siberian Iris, daylilies (hemerocallis), astilbe, forget-me-nots and assorted hosta will also thrive in a damp spot. Good luck with your plantings!

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