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Tropical Storm Arthur brings benefit to some: Flowers, plants and trees

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Without being a Pollyanna, there are benefits to trying to find the good in an otherwise negative situation. Take Tropical Storm Arthur, for example. While the East Coast braces for heavy rains and high winds, they will also enjoy some of the same benefits Wyoming is experiencing as a result of all the rain they have received lately: namely, profusely blooming and growing flowers and plants.

The Billings Gazette reported on July 3 that the "pastures and plains look phenomenal for this time of year," due to all the rains received of late. And that can be said for most any area that has plants and flowers and trees that need a fair amount of rain in order to bloom and grow.

Tropical Storm Arthur will create its share of problems, of course, putting life and limb (including both the human and tree kind) at risk, but it will also bring much needed water to areas that will result in greater plant health for some communities. And there are some flowers, plants and trees that can handle a lot of water, for a long period of time, without being harmed, especially if they are planted in well-draining soil.

Some of those plants include Crapemyrtle trees, per the Gulf County Extension Director Roy Lee Carter, like Southern Living Plant Collection's Dixie Jazz Crapemyrtle. In addition, Atlantic white cedar trees, winterberry shrubs, and perennial plants like cattail, cordgrass and Japanese water iris thrive with wet soil, not dry, according to HGTV. And if you love the thought of a fire-red colored profuse blooming azalea, especially around the July Fourth holiday or during the spring or fall, then be sure you add the Autumn Bravo Encore Azalea to your landscape, as it loves water, too, in well-draining soil, of course.

So while you make landscape preparations in advance of the looming hurricane (as well as take human safety precautions), consider how your flowers, plants and trees may come away from the experience looking much better for the rains they receive as a result--and how you can plant more wisely in the future, if the threat of a hurricane is common for your geographical area.

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