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Dany Millikin: Very common landscaping gardening question is what plants grow in wet areas that stay wet? Well, that brought us four great examples and some tips to maybe have success in those areas.

Zach Buchanan: Yeah, so first we’ve got a Louisiana Iris over here. It’s a nice strappy plant.

Dany Millikin: I see. They looked like straps. The leaves do.

Zach Buchanan: They give a different texture to your garden and it works great in low spots, areas where there’s a downspout from the gutter, poor draining areas, it would be a great option.

Dany Millikin: Yeah. And so these are white, but there’s also a purple variety, right?

Zach Buchanan: Yeah. There’s a lot of different colors now.

Dany Millikin: Oh, so cool. Yeah. It’s interesting to think about why the area stays wet.

Zach Buchanan: Yeah, I think that’s a bigger issue, that should be … that question should be asked.

Dany Millikin: Right.

Zach Buchanan: And there’s a lot of things you can do to your soil in that area to make it better draining, improve that drainage, and build it up a little. But in the meantime, these things will work great in those areas, one way or another.

Dany Millikin: Right. Another great one is Inland Sea Oats.

Zach Buchanan: Yeah, this is a great native grass. It can do shade or sun. That’s why I love it. It’s a great option for shade.

Dany Millikin: Right.

Zach Buchanan: Again, a native to our area and can also do some wet feet.

Dany Millikin: Nice. And it has pretty deep roots and really do a good job of keeping that soil in its space in the beginning to repair it.

Zach Buchanan: Definitely.

Dany Millikin: And of course, who doesn’t love a classic Hibiscus?

Zach Buchanan: Yeah. This is Texas Star Hibiscus. This is our native variety of Hibiscus.

Dany Millikin: Cool.

Zach Buchanan: It can get to about six feet tall and then it starts blooming a kind of a spread out red star shape type Hibiscus flower.

Dany Millikin: Wow. That sounds amazing.

Zach Buchanan: A lot more sparse than your traditional Hibiscus. But that’s kind of why I like it because it’s different.

Dany Millikin: It’s a little mini tree.

Zach Buchanan: It is, yeah.

Dany Millikin: Super cool. I love it. And Texas Star hibiscus. That’s awesome. And of course, Cana.

Zach Buchanan: Yeah, so Canna’s can do wet feet. They can do really poorly maintained areas too. It doesn’t take a lot for them to grow.

Dany Millikin: Right.

Zach Buchanan: This variety is orange. There’s also some varieties that have some purple foliage.

Dany Millikin: Yeah.

Zach Buchanan: And it’ll give you some color even when it’s not blooming.

Dany Millikin: Yeah. Canna also red, yellow, tons of different colors.

Zach Buchanan: And I just found out you can eat the roots of the Canna.

Dany Millikin: Oh, that’s cool. I wonder how long you have to boil it.

Zach Buchanan: Probably a long time.

Dany Millikin: That’s right. About eight hours. And then roast it for awhile.

Zach Buchanan: Yeah.

Dany Millikin: Tastes like tater tots. Well, thanks so much, man.

Zach Buchanan: Yeah.

Dany Millikin: It’s a, it can be a real problem when you have a wet space. So this is great information.

Zach Buchanan: Yeah, good options.

Dany Millikin: Yeah. So for more go to homeshowgardenpros.com.