The Q&A Archives: Wet Soil, Full Sun

Question: What can one grow in a wet area and receives full sun? The soil is very wet in the spring and can dry up by late summer. it has a surface spring. What shrubs and or perennials can be planted there?
I wish to plant shrubs or other plants that can be used for the birds, turkeys and deer in our area, especially something with berries that will provide feed in winter. I do not know what to put in this wet area, unless it is something I plant in late season when it is not so wet. Can you help for this year? Thank you.

Answer: Seasonally moist areas can present a challenge to the gardener. Often it is worthwhile to look to native plants in these locations. You might consider river birch (Betula nigra) and shrubs such as aronia, the deciduous hollies, summersweet clethra, the shrub dogwoods and itea. These woody plants are all attractive to wildlife in one way or another. Perennials might include Joe Pye weed, ornamental goldenrod, Japanese iris, and astilbe. Keep in mind that you may need to water these plants in August if the season is a hot or dry one, even after they have become well established. I hope this gives you some ideas.

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