Native plants

Asked April 27, 2019, 9:14 PM EDT

Hi. I live in Catonsville and last year we lost a lot of shrubs -- beautiful hydrangeas and other specimens -- along the border of my southeast facing back yard. The culprit: Too much water for too long. Big pools formed repeatedly at the base of the garden area where the shrubs lived. This was a first in our 26 years here. No one can predict this year's weather, but we want to replant with vegetation that will do better in wet weather. What can you recommend? I suppose you don't recommend native plant nurseries, but if you do..... Thanks

Baltimore County Maryland

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We're sorry to hear about your plants. Many people had problems with the excessive rainfall last year. In addition to making new plant choices, I encourage you to explore ways to manage stormwater and drainage issues on your property. Depending on your situation, this may involve downspout disconnection, use of rain barrels, rain gardens, etc.
We have collected a list of resources to help property owners deal with stormwater issues.

The Chesapeake Native Plant Center is a great resource for native plant selection. Search the "Piedmont" region for plants that do well in moist conditions in your area. Buttonbush, winterberry hollies, chokeberry, sweet pepperbush (Clethra) and blueberries are several shrubs that tolerate moist to wet conditions. Joe-pye weed, milkweed, cardinal flower, and great blue lobelia are herbaceous perennials that tolerate wet conditions.

The Maryland Native Plant Society maintains a list of native plant sales and sources on their website.


Thanks so much, Christa. Very valuable help and much appreciated.