Plant Picks for Garden Solutions

Gardening, Horticulture

From sunny spots to shady swamps, every garden is a little different. Choosing which plants you want in your garden is hard enough; we hope that this list of area-specific varieties makes your job a little easier. Maine has a beautiful and varied ecosystem, and these plants are tried and true to perform best in different areas of your garden.



Rain Garden Plants

These plants love a rainy day.


Wet Zone: Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Wet Zone: Blue Flag (Iris versicolor)
Upper Zone: Spotted Bee Balm

(Monarda fistulosa)

Wet Zone: Great Blue Lobelia

Lobelia siphilitica

Middle Zone: Switch Grass

(Panicum virgatum)

Upper Zone: Sweet Fern

(Comptonia peregrina)

Middle Zone: Interrupted Fern
(Osmunda claytoniana)
Spotted Joe-Pye Weed
(Eutrochium maculatum)




Drought Tolerant Plants

These perennials can take the heat!


Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)
Tufted Grass

(Deschampsia cespitosa)

Blue Eyed Grass

(Sisyrinchium angustifolium)

Butterfly Weed

(Asclepias tuberosa)

Mountain Sedum

(Sedum ternatum)

Nodding Onion

(Allium cernuum)



Woody Plants in Wet Areas

These plants love freshwater areas with no salt.


Button Bush

(Cephalanthus occidentalis)

Black Chokeberry

(Aronia melanocarpa)

Sweet Gale

(Myrica gale)

Northern Spice Bush

(Lindera benzoin)

American Larch

(Larix laricina)

Silky Dogwood

(Cornus amomum)



Seashore Plants

These plants tolerate salt, making them great for by the sea or the side of the road.


Northern Bayberry

(Myrica pensylvanica)

Seashore Golden Rod

(Solidago sempervirens)

Virginia Rose

(Rosa virginiana)

Beach Plum

(Prunus maritima)

Jack Pine

(Pinus banksiana)

Red Columbine

(Aquilegia canadensis)



Erosion Control Plants

These perennials help hold it all together.


Northern Bush Honeysuckle

(Diervilla lonicera)

Barren Strawberry

(Waldsteinia fragarioides)


(Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

Appalachian Creeping Phlox

(Phlox stolonifera)

Fragrant Sumac

(Rhus aromatica)

Carolina Rose

(Rosa carolina)