Marin Master Gardeners
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Marin Master Gardeners

Soil Drainage Requirements

Below is a list of plants categorized by level of soil drainage requirements.

Good Drainage

   Acer palmatum 'Crimson Queen'
Crimson Queen Red Japanese Maple
Good Drainage
   Achillea 'Moonshine'
Yarrow
Good Drainage
   Achillea millefolium 'Rosea'
Yarrow
Good Drainage
   Agastache 'Blue Fortune'
Anise Hyssop
Good Drainage
   Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Dr. Hurd'
Dr. Hurd Manzanita Tree
Good Drainage
   Arctotis stoechadifolia
African Daisy
Good Drainage
   Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers'
Myer's Asparagus Fern
Good Drainage
   Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri
Sprengeri Asparagus Fern
Good Drainage
   Berberis thunbergii-atropurpurea 'Nana'
Dwarf Japanese Barberry
Good Drainage
   Carex divulsa (formerly c. tumicola)
Berkeley Sedge
Good Drainage
   Caryopteris x clandonensis
Blue Spirea/Bluebeard
Good Drainage
   Cercis occidentalis (Tree)
Western Redbud
Good Drainage
   Chionochloa flavicans Zotov
Snow Tussock, Toetoe
Good Drainage
   Chondropetalum tectorum
Cape Rush
Good Drainage
   Cistus skanbergii
Pink Rockrose
Good Drainage
   Clivia miniata
Kaffir Lily
Good Drainage
   Clytostoma callistegioides
Lavender Trumpet Vine
Good Drainage
   Coleonema pulchrum 'Sunset Gold'
Golden Breath of Heaven
Good Drainage
   Coreopsis grandiflora 'Early Sunrise'
Tickseed
Good Drainage
   Cotinus coggygria
Smoke Tree, ’Royal Purple’
Good Drainage
   Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'
Royal Purple Smokebush
Good Drainage
   Datura metel 'Belle Blanche'
Devil's Trumpet
Good Drainage
   Dryopteris arguta
Wood Fern
Good Drainage
   Echinacea purpurea 'Big Sky Series'
Coneflower
Good Drainage
   Eschscholzia californica
California Poppy
Good Drainage
   Euphorbia characias wulfenii
Spurge
Good Drainage
   Feijoa sellowiana
Pineapple Guava
Good Drainage
   Fragaria chiloensis
Ornamental Strawberry
Good Drainage
   Gazania rigens 'Gold Sun'
Creeping Gazania/Treasure Flower
Good Drainage
   Geranium incanum
Cranesbill Geranium
Good Drainage
   Geranium sanguineum
Bloody Cranesbill
Good Drainage
   Hardenbergia comptoniana
Lilac Vine
Good Drainage
   Hardenbergia violacea rosea
Coral Pea Vine
Good Drainage
   Hemerocallis Varieties
Daylily
Good Drainage
   Heteromeles arbutifolia
Toyon/Christmas Berry
Good Drainage
   Hypericum moserianum
St John's Wort/Gold Flower
Good Drainage
   Ilex cornuta 'Carissa'
Holly 'Carissa'
Good Drainage
   Iris douglasiana
Pacific Coast Iris
Good Drainage
   Juniperus procumbens 'Nana'
Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper
Good Drainage
   Juniperus sabina 'Arcadia'
Arcadia Juniper
Good Drainage
   Lantana camara
Lantana
Good Drainage
   Lantana montevidensis 'New Gold'
New Gold Trailing Lantana
Good Drainage
   Lavatera maritima
Lavatera/Tree Mallow
Good Drainage
   Leptospermum scoparium
Tea Tree, ‘Ruby Glow’
Good Drainage
   Limonium sinuatum
Statice/Sea Lavender
Good Drainage
   Mahonia repens
Creeping Mahonia
Good Drainage
   Melinus nerviglumis or Rhynchelytrum nerviglume
Ruby Grass
Good Drainage
   Microbiota decussata
Siberian Carpet Cypress
Good Drainage
   Myrsine africana
African Boxwood
Good Drainage
   Nerium oleander
Oleander
Good Drainage
   Osteospermum 'Sparkler'
African Daisy
Good Drainage
   Phlomis fruticosa
Jerusalem Sage
Good Drainage
   Phormium 'Wings of Gold'
New Zealand Flax
Good Drainage
   Picea pungens 'Glauca Globosa'
Dwarf Colorado Blue Spruce
Good Drainage
   Pittosporum crassifolium 'Nana'
Karo Pittosporum
Good Drainage
   Polypodium californicum
California Ground Fern
Good Drainage
   Polystichum munitum
Western Sward Fern
Good Drainage
   Polystichum setuosum
Japanese Lace Fern
Good Drainage
   Prunus cerasifera
Cherry Plum, Flowering Plum
Good Drainage
   Pyrus calleryana
Bradford Pear Tree
Good Drainage
   Quercus suber
Cork Oak
Good Drainage
   Rhamnus alaternus 'Variegata'
Varigated Italian Buckthorn
Good Drainage
   Rosa 'Cecile Brunner'
Cecile Brunner Rose/Sweetheart Rose/Mignon
Good Drainage
   Rosa banksiae
Lady Banks Rose
Good Drainage
   Rosmarinus officinalis 'Huntington Carpet'
Huntington Carpet Rosemary
Good Drainage
   Rubus calycinoides 'Emerald Carpet'
Creeping Rasberry
Good Drainage
   Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'
Black-Eyed Susan
Good Drainage
   Salvia greggii
Autumn Sage
Good Drainage
   Salvia nemorosa 'May Night'
Meadow Sage
Good Drainage
   Salvia sclarea
Clary/Muscatel Sage
Good Drainage
   Schinus molle
California Pepper Tree
Good Drainage
   Stipa ichu
Peruvian Feather Grass
Good Drainage
   Teucrium fruticans 'Azurea'
Bush Germander 'Azurea'
Good Drainage
   Thymus praecox arcticus
Creeping Thyme
Good Drainage
   Verbena tenuisecta 'Edith'
Edith Verbenan
Good Drainage
   Vitex agnus-castus
Lilac Chaste Tree
Good Drainage
   Wisteria sinensis
Chinese wisteria
Good Drainage
   Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’
Adam’s Needle
Good Drainage

Well Drained

   Aeonium 'Sunburst'
Copper Pinwheel
Well Drained
   Agastache 'Apricot Sunset'
None
Well Drained
   Agave ‘Victoriae Reginae’
Queen Victoria’s Agave
Well Drained
   Aloe plicatilis
Fan Aloe
Well Drained
   Aloe striata
Coral Aloe
Well Drained
   Alyogyne huegelii
Blue Hibiscus
Well Drained
   Anemanthele lessoniana (Stipa arundinacea)
New Zealand Wind Grass; Pheasant's Tail Grass
Well Drained
   Antirrhinum multiflorum 'Rose Snapdragon'
Rose Snapdragon
Well Drained
   Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Emerald Carpet'
Emerald Carpet Manzanita
Well Drained
   Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
Howard McMinn Manzanita
Well Drained
   Arctostaphylos pajaroensis 'Paradise'
Paradise Manzanita
Well Drained
   Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Bearberry
Well Drained
   Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
Wormwood
Well Drained
   Asclepias tuberosa
Butterfly Plant
Well Drained
   Carex pansa
California Meadow Sedge
Well Drained
   Carex Testacea
Orange New Zealand Sedge
Well Drained
   Carpenteria californica
Bush Anemone
Well Drained
   Ceanothus 'Concha'
California Lilac 'Concha'
Well Drained
   Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps'
Julia Phelps California Lilac
Well Drained
   Ceanothus griseus horizontalis 'Yankee Point'
Yankee Pt. California Lilac
Well Drained
   Ceanothus griseus horizontalis (Carmel Creeper California Lilac)
Carmel Creeper California Lilac
Well Drained
   Cercis occidentalis (Shrub)
Western Redbud
Well Drained
   Choisya ternate
Mexican Orange
Well Drained
   Convolvulus cneorum
Bush Morning Glory
Well Drained
   Correa 'Wyn's Wonder'
Varigated Correa 'Wyn's Wonder'
Well Drained
   Correa pulchella
Pink Australian Fuschia
Well Drained
   Cuphea llavea
Bat-faced Cuphea
Well Drained
   Cupressus sempervirens 'Stricta'
Italian Cypress
Well Drained
   Daphne odora 'Aureo-marginata'
Winter Daphne
Well Drained
   Dendromecon harfordii
Island Bush Poppy
Well Drained
   Dudleya ‘Britonni’
Chalk Dudleya
Well Drained
   Echeveria ‘Afterglow’
Well Drained
   Echeveria ‘Perle von Nuremberg’
Hens and Chicks
Well Drained
   Eriogonum grande rubescens
Red Buckwheat
Well Drained
   Fremontodendron californicum 'Pacific Sunset'
Pacific Sunset Flannel Bush
Well Drained
   Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'
Coast Silk Tassel
Well Drained
   Gaura lindheimeri
Wand Flower/ Butterfly Gaura
Well Drained
   Helleborus x hybridus
Christmas/Lenten Rose
Well Drained
   Lagerstroemia indica
Crape Myrtle
Well Drained
   Lavandula
Lavender
Well Drained
   Lupinus albifrons
Silver Bush Lupine
Well Drained
   Mimulus aurantiacus
Sticky Monkey Flower
Well Drained
   Monardella villosa 'Russian River'
Coyote Mint
Well Drained
   Muhlenbergia capillaris
Pink Muhly Grass, Pink Hair Grass, Purple Muhly
Well Drained
   Nepeta racemosa 'Walkers Low'
Catmint
Well Drained
   Olea europaea
Olive,’ Majestic Beauty’
Well Drained
   Origanum rotundifolium 'Kent Beauty'
Ornamental oregano
Well Drained
   Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP'
Blue Bedder/Foothills Penstemon
Well Drained
   Perovskia atriplicifolia
Russian Sage
Well Drained
   Rhamnus californica
Ca. Coffee Berry
Well Drained
   Ribes sanguineum glutinosum
Pink - Flowered Current
Well Drained
   Salvia apiana
White Sage
Well Drained
   Salvia clevelandii 'Winifred Gilman'
Charparral Sage
Well Drained
   Salvia leucantha
Mexican Sage
Well Drained
   Salvia spathacea
Hummingbird Sage
Well Drained
   Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’
Golden Japanese Sedum, Golden Makino Sedum
Well Drained
   Sedum spurium ‘Tricolor’
Tricolor Two Row Stonecrop
Well Drained
   Senecio serpens
Blue Chalk Sticks
Well Drained
   Stipa gigantea
Giant Feather grass, Golden Oats
Well Drained
   Stipa ramosissima
Pillar of Smoke
Well Drained
   Tagetes lemmonii
Mexican Bush Marigold/Lemon scented marigold
Well Drained
   Teucrium chamaedrys
Wall Germander
Well Drained
   Zauschneria californica 'Bert's Bluff'
California Fuchsia
Well Drained

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