Brown Thumb needs advice...
1) My yard does not drain well, even with a french drain. I'd like to plant bushes against the house but know that they would sit in water for long periods of time. What bushes/shrubs could handle this? 2) I have a large hill in the back that I have to mow. What is a good fast-growing, low-maintenance groud cover I can use and do I start at the top or bottom? 3) I have a long railroad tie retainer wall at the bottom of the hill; ground is always moist; light sun; what "climber" would do well?
Submitted by missiehess2



Thanks for writing. I'd try dwarf willows, such as dwarf arctic willow (Salix purpurea 'Nana') around your house --- they're good for wet ground, but also hold up pretty well when it's dry. And smaller species shouldn't have issues with their roots and your foundation.


The best groundcover really depends on your site...the amount of moisture, sun, etc. I'd suggest starting with our groundcovers slideshow on the site and see if any of these appeal to you.


If you have moist soil and partial shade, I'd consider sweet pea, scarlet runner bean, or Boston ivy. If the soil is evenly moist but well-drained, you can consider many types of clematis, as well.


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Answered by CostaFarms