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Old 07-07-2008, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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I have an area in my yard that needs some plants...It is a very close to where rain water gathers, it is next to a little walk way that is next to my house, I also have small kids (nothing that attracts bees)...So I am thinking something low, likes alot of water and with no flowers...

Any ideas what I could put there??
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Old 07-07-2008, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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Any kind of ivy and/or any kind of hosta. Especially if it doesn't get much in the way of sunlight. Ivy spreads like a weed, but can be restarted with just a clipping of two in water or root starter and they make excellent potted or hanging baskets near interior windows.

If it is a sunny area, you might consider growing mint there. Nothing quite like fresh mint in hot or cold tea. Parsley and other herbs are a good idea and you can really keep your garden salad healthy by picking fresh herbs from your garden to go into them.
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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Hosta, native ferns.
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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IT does get alot of sun...I have never thought of herbs... Thanks! Any other suggestions welcome..
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Where the real happy cows reside!
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You could try some of the ornamental grasses.
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Old 07-07-2008, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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You could try some of the ornamental grasses.
I love ornamental grasses but was unsure of the wetness factor...It is a really wet piece of land...Do they like a lot of water??
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Old 07-07-2008, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Hartwell--IN THE City of Cincinnati
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Iris (some verigated ones as well to bring attention to them), any type of willow (dappled willow is my new fav), ferns (there are so many different colors and textures), persian shield, giant rhubard, pulmonaria..make me stop. Some grasses do well in dry soil but others prefer moist soil. I have a great book that is called "Foliage Gardens" by Richard Bird...it is a Cassell's Garden DIrectory and has a great amount of ideas...I would check and see if your local library has it so you can see some of those plants first hand. I have a crazy habit of buying every garden book I can...some are better than others but this one is a great one to reference your situation. Good luck and Happy gardening!
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Old 07-07-2008, 05:47 PM
 
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I second Iris. Such a wide variety to choose from, and wet is good!
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Old 07-08-2008, 07:04 AM
 
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Hydrangeas like it to be wet.
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga TN
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Oh dappled willow is one of my favs too. That would look beautiful with some nice oak leaf or even lace cap hydrangeas and variegated iris. A low maintenance vision Well, except trimming the willow.
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