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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