Several landscape plants tolerate wet sites
By Tim Daly
Gwinnett County Extension Agent
Many homeowners frequently encounter areas in their landscapes that have poor drainage and are continuously wet. The excessive rain over the past year has increased the severity of this problem. Many of the most popular landscape plants decline and perish if the soil stays too wet. Most plants are unable to tolerate soil that has poor drainage because it reduces air infiltration. Since the roots require oxygen to function, the plants suffocate. Some plants can survive under these conditions, but they are stunted and susceptible to pests. Additionally, poorly drained soils can increase the likelihood of fungal root rot disease. Some plants are more adapted to wet conditions than others. Consider using them in these areas where other plant material is difficult to grow.