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Q&A: Which plants like wet feet?

Water early in the cool of the morning to minimize evaporation and, where practical, use soaker hoses to water vegetable and garden beds. Grouping plants according to their water needs makes it much easier to know how much and often to water in each area of the garden. Plant thirsty plants like Ligularia, Hostas and Hydrangeas in shadier areas or in low spots that tend to stay moist, and save the hot, sunny locations for drought-tolerant heat lovers such as lavender, salvia and dwarf conifers. Consider allowing your lawn to go dormant, and if you decide to water the grass, remember that even in hot, dry weather, lawns generally need only an inch of water per week. Arborist wood chips are a great choice for areas dominated with woody trees and shrubs, while compost is the best choice for...