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ILOVECAKE 09-23-2011 09:41 AM

water loving exterior plant ideas??
The border of my house in the back yard gets very wet after a rain which causes the basement to get a little damp. It's not too bad, but I think it would be helpful to plant a water & shade loving plant/shrub/bush that can withstand all the water. I'm not looking to get into a big project. I'm just looking for something to put around the house that would help with sucking up all the water when it rains.
If you have any other easy ideas, let me know. Thanks guys

rollinastang 09-23-2011 11:27 AM

Most willows like wet areas. Just don't plant them where the roots can get to your septicsystem. They sense the water and head right for it sometimes plugging it, sometimes crushing it. Japanese iris, iris versicolor, Louisiana Iris all love boggy conditions. Don't confuse them with the bearded iris which like well drained soil on the dry side. Siberian Iris also like moist soil but a little less boggy than the others.

ILOVECAKE 09-23-2011 03:45 PM

Wow, you know a lot. Thanks for all the suggestions. I will look for those:thumbup:

downunder 09-25-2011 10:24 AM

Excellent suggestions!

ILOVECAKE, are you sure you want plants? I would think that a better drainage system would be more appropriate here. I'm a yard nut and have absolutely nothing against plants. R's suggestions would be good for a low site that stays wet but I don't know about depending on plants to take up the water from going into the basement.

Horseygirl 09-25-2011 10:45 AM

I agree with Downunder. You might want to waterproof the wall to prevent water intrusion and then add plants if you wanted to. Another water loving plant choice is the Papyrus. Tall and wispy. Not sure if they are available in your zone.

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