Asked on May 2, 2017

What is the best to plant near house that soaks up water?

Jane GiesHillela G.


flower or bush?

2 answers
  • Hillela G.
    on May 2, 2017

    Native plants absorb water in your landscape because they are already adapted to your region. However, non-natives well-suited to your region can also thrive under the right conditions. When choosing plants for water absorption, those that perform well in rain gardens are a good bet. Non-native perennials, such as cherry sage (Salvia greggii), make suitable garden additions, displaying flowers in shades of pink, white or red. They grow to 2 feet tall and thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7b through 11. Gardeners should also consider native trees, such as Pacific wax myrtles (Myrica californica). These evergreen trees display fragrant green leaves and small purple berries that attract birds to the landscape. Pacific wax myrtles perform best in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 9.
    • Shirley Heikkinen
      on May 3, 2017

      Trees should not be planted close to the house due to the possibility of causing damage to the home's foundation. It sounds like the real problem is water draining toward the house instead of away from it. Either regrading or special drains may be required.
  • Jane Gies
    on May 3, 2017

    In addition to plants, you need to have soil slightly sloping down from your foundation.
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