H20 Hungry Plants, Trees, or Shrubs?
My back yard suffers from poor drainage. It is destroying the yard. We have taken some measures to address the problem but simply cannot afford to address the issue completely. As an alternative, I wanted to plant some things that are water hungry. My theory is that if I plant them at the points of the wetness less water will end up saturating my lawn. I much prefer to use perennials, shrubs, or trees. Pay once preferably. I am Zone 4, NE area. Thank you.
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Thanks for writing. Some plants that thrive in Zone 4 and love moist or wet soil include: Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), perennial hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos), gooseneck loosestrife (Lysimachia cletheroides), creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia), pussywillow (Salix discolor), red-twig dogwood (Cornus stolonifera), buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), and silky dogwood (Cornus amomum).

Look for these and other good plants at your local garden center and learn more about them in our BHG.com Plant Encyclopedia: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/  

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com

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