water soaking up plants - Knowledgebase Question

Mountlake Terrace, Wa
Question by valbush
January 13, 2010
Are there any plants that I could plant close to my house that would soak up water when it RAINS and RAINS?


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Answer from NGA
January 13, 2010

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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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