What I can I plant around my French Drain outlet?
We waterproofed our basement last spring, and there are two pumps that spit out a good deal of water into two garden beds (well away from the foundation). The outlet on my side yard, which is pretty flat, has now started to erode the soil. There is a huge puddle now due to snow melting and recent rainfall, and a trench is forming near the spout.
Could I plant something around this area to soak up some of the excess runoff, or am I looking at possible root rot from too much water? There generally isn't too much puddling in the summer (except after a huge rain), but it has been a problem this spring, so I don't know if I should consider an annual that I plant later in the season as opposed to a perennial or some sort of bush...
I don't have much of a bed going yet, so it wouldn't be too much trouble to integrate a new plant, I just don't have a clue what might be a good fit. I am in SW PA, which, depending on where you look, is either zone 5b or 6a. Hope that helps?
Thanks in advance!