Best Landscaping Plants For Wet Areas

Best Landscaping Plants For Wet Areas

Is there an area in your backyard or front that seems to retain moisture all the time? You don’t have to worry about it, there are plenty of landscaping plants that can beautify this area. Look for native plants that can thrive in moist soil conditions.

These plants may not be available at your local hardware or gardening store, but a landscape designer and grower with extensive knowledge of native plants in your area can help. Below are some examples of landscaping plants that love wet conditions.

Pussy willow (Salix Discolor)

These native shrubs are fast-growing and will thrive in well-drained, moist soil. Landscapes with poor yard drainage will be pleased to have the pussy willows. They are best suited for full sun but can also be used in shade. You can see the furry catkins opening in early spring before the leaves appear. This is a sign that warmer days will soon be here.

Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)

The deciduous shrub, which is hardy and can bear fruits and flowers throughout the growing season, will then be adorned with spectacular fall color. Aronia melanocarpa, a member of the rose family is tolerant to partial shade (upto 50 percent), but thrives in full sunlight. It is hardy to zone 3, the Chicago area is zone 5, and is a great choice for tough, low-lying areas with mosquitoes and moss. It can adapt to sandy, dry locations.

Arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum)

The arrowwood viburnum, a member of the honeysuckle group, is a popular choice when landscaping in wet areas. It bears beautiful reddish autumn foliage and bluish-colored berries. The arrowwood viburnum also blooms in spring with white clusters of flowers. This shrub can tolerate a variety of soils, including acidic and wet. They prefer full sun but will grow in partial shade or full shade.

Catha palustric Marsh marigold

Although these yellow spring bloomers are more commonly known as water garden plants they can also be grown in shallow standing water. Marsh marigolds are happy in partial sun or wet conditions. The native marsh marigold, a member the buttercup family, is found primarily in central Illinois and northern Illinois.

Meadowsweet shrub (Spiraea alba)

The meadowsweet shrub should be planted in full sun, moist soil, and soil rich in organic material. If it is temporary, standing water can be tolerated. The shrub grows to 2-6 feet tall and has sparingly green branches. As time goes by, the leaves turn brown and become woody. Meadowsweet can bloom in pink, orange, and yellow. The blooming season lasts for a few months and is from mid- to late summer.

Pagoda Dogwood (Cronus alternifolia)

The pagoda camwood is a great choice for landscaping that offers interest all four seasons. This shrub’s beautiful horizontal branching pattern is often decorated with snow in winter. In spring, white clusters appear on the buds. The green leaves turn burgundy-red during fall. Pagoda can be used as a small tree, large shrub or hedge in a shade garden. This shrub thrives in moist soil that is slightly acidic, as it is well-suited to wet areas.

River Birch (Betula Nigeria)

River birch is an easy-growing native tree that thrives in moist or dry soil. Because of its beautiful light pink-to-reddish brown bark, this plant makes a great addition to any home landscape. The leaves turn buttery yellow in the autumn from dark green. A mulch layer of 3-4 inches is beneficial and can be added to plants during dry times. River birches are sensitive to drought.

Dappled Willow (Salix Integra)

The deciduous shrub’s leaves are pink in spring and turn yellow in fall. Young plants’ branches grow in all directions. However, as they mature, the leaves arch and weep. This is a great plant choice for a stream, pond or other waterway. Dappled willows thrive in moist soils but can also be adapted to dry conditions better than other types. You don’t need to water too much. Just maintain a regular watering schedule and supplement with rainfall. Landscape designers can assess your yard to determine the best plants for you. A professional can help you save time and money by making the right choices at the beginning.


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