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Kensington, MD
Jun 8, 2017 8:08 AM CST
Good Morning Everyone,

I recently filled in a small pond in my backyard with fill dirt (the last foot or so was with top soil). The pond is about 7' x 4' and 3' deep. I'm concerned that the dirt wont drain particularly well and was curious if there are plants I could place there that would 1) suck up a lot of water build-up and 2) would thrive/survive in an environment like that. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks very much.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Jun 8, 2017 8:12 AM CST
Louisiana and Japanese irises would enjoy it but they won't like having their crowns freeze in winter (they'll die) so they'd be best planted in pots and removed to a safer spot for winter.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Jun 8, 2017 8:15 AM CST
You might want to search for rain garden plants. Try here but double-check hardiness zones.
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Name: Liz Shaw
Gilbert, AZ (Sunset Zone 13) (Zone 9a)
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Jun 8, 2017 9:39 PM CST
Any plant that is listed as a marginal plant for ponds would do well in those conditions.
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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Jun 8, 2017 10:12 PM CST
Black Gamecock louisiana Iris is in my little pond for a lot of years. Pond freezes and it comes back every year.
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