Best Bets: Plants for Particular Uses
These plants help control stormwater runoff and ponding by absorbing excess moisture. They are well-suited to conditions in rain gardens, in low spots that collect water, near downspouts, or along water’s edge.
The printable Best Bets fact sheet listed below links to individual Tried and True Native Plant fact sheets. There are more plants than could be included in a one page hand-out, so over time, we will be be adding additional plants to the categories on the right. Please note we have a public education class on this topic as well.
Best Bets Fact Sheet
Public Education Class
Homeowners often wonder which plants will be best suited to the soil conditions in their landscapes. In this class, Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills describes the factors that lead to wet conditions in a garden and the adaptations plants have made to do well in moist sites, tolerate intermittent flooding, or grow in standing water. She introduces native trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns, grasses, and rushes that have been found to thrive in these conditions, explains the benefits they provide to wildlife, and offers tips for growing and maintaining them.