November 21st, 2017

Plants for Dry and wet Areas

Clematis is a genus of over 200 species of twining leaf-climbers and woody-based perennials. More than 400 mainly large-flowered cultivars are in cultivation. Clematis are grown for their abundant flowers, often followed by decorative, filamentous, silvery gray seed heads. They are valued for their long flowering period, and for the variety of shape and color of their flowers.

Drought Tolerant Plants


Specific plants are all tolerant of dry conditions once established. However, trees, shrubs, and the majority of the perennials will need extra water for the first year to get established.

Horse Chestnut
Hawthorne
Cypress
Crabapple
Strawberry Tree
Juniper
Yucca

Yarrow
Red Hot Poker
Carpet Bugle
Wisteria
Cosmos
And many more

Plants for Wet Areas


Oregonians are no strangers to water, but it seems like some places are just too moist to grow anything. For one reason or another, be it general drainage, high water tables, poor soils, or runoff patterns, some areas never seem to dry.

The best idea is to try and fix the water problem by diverting runoff, adding subsurface drainage, or simply amending your soil. This doesn’t always work though, so there are plants that are tolerant to moist conditions. Keep in mind that although they will tolerate moisture, all plants will still need some drainage as very few can survive in standing water.

Here are some that will work in your wet yard:

Red Maple
Poplar
Allspice
Willow
Elderberry
Goat’s Beard

Deer Fern
Akebia
Meadow Sweet
Moor Grass
Umbrella Plant
And many more

Care & Location


Clematis wilt is caused by soil splashing onto the stem, and is easily prevented with a mulch of bark, gravel, crazy paving, or anything that prevents soil splashing around the stems. Deep planting allows the susceptible forms to develop a crown of growth buds below ground level, and since the wilt disease affects the stem at ground level or just above, healthy new shoots from below.