Plants for Wet Areas

  • Water-Loving Perennials
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    Water-Loving Perennials for the Northwest

    Yes, I realize that 2021 was the hottest on record with temperatures reaching 108°F, and we can expect the weather to continue to change radically. However, along with drought-tolerant plant…

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    Growing Buttonbush: A Great Native Shrub for Wet Areas in the Garden

    A shrub that I continue to promote and utilize in the Midwest is our native buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis and cvs., Zones 4–10). Native to a wide range of the eastern…

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    Flood-Tolerant Perennials for the Northern Plains

    In the Northern Plains, heavy rains seem to be a more and more common occurrence, resulting in periodic flooding in our landscapes. While most plants cannot tolerate prolonged periods of…

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    Five Native Shrubs for Moist Spots in the Southeast

    In the Southeast, we can sometimes have wet years. The long springs of those years lure me into planting “just one more plant!” while I ignore the specter of summer…

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    Dora’s Swampy Oasis

    Today we’re in Jacksonville, North Carolina, visiting with Dora Compton. Here are a few pictures of my backyard oasis. Several years ago, I took an area that always stayed wet…

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    Dealing With Excessive Rain in the Garden

    The National Climate Assessment reported in 2014 that storms have been dumping more and more rain, with some parts of the United States experiencing a 70% increase in the amount…

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    Episode 47: Plants for Wet Areas

    Mucky, soggy, squishy when it rains—all of these describe the ideal conditions for the plants we talk about on this episode. Not everyone has a pond edge to deal with,…