Shrubs & Perennials suggestions

by | Mar 17, 2010 | Resources, Market News, Ask Pahl's Market

I have an area in the lower level (walk out basement) that I need to put a shrub and some perennials, but it seems to always stay real wet there, since everything drains from the front yard – can you recommend some shrubs and/or perennials that would do well in really wet soil? I’ve transplanted a few things, but never survived. 

Dear Heidi,

It sounds like you might have a perfect place for a few of my favorite shrubs and perennials.  Consider a Nishiki Willow for a taller accent plant. Or you could use one of the many dogwood varieties.  The Cardinal or Ivory Halo Dogwood would work in your wetter area.  If there is room for a small tree,you could plant a River Birch Clump or a Tamarisk Tree.  Around it you could add heucheras (coral bells), campanula (bell flowers), geraniums (cranesbill geraniums) and siberian irises.  If there is more shade where you are thinking of planting you could use astilbe, cimicifuga (bugbane) and ferns.  Since the area you describe is near your house you should make sure that your planting is not too close to the house, especially if you do plant a larger shrub or tree.  A small island shaped garden could be a lovely addition to your landscape and solve the drainage problem at the same time.  Good luck with your planting.


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