The Q&A Archives: Perennials for Damp Soil

Question: In my front yard, directly beneath some powerlines and directly above the unerground phone lines, I have a large,low spot in full sun that holds water through early July in full sun. The area is about 15 by 30 feet and borders my neighbor. I like plants and grasses and would prefer a mix of perennials. Any suggestions?

Answer: Here are some perennials that thrive in damp soils. Consider sedges, monkshood, baneberry, swamp milkweed, marsh marigold, horsetail, Japanese iris, yellow flat iris, blue flag iris, cardinal flower, bee balm, trollius (globe flower), calla, swamp sunflower (helianthus angustifolius), astilbe, water avens (Geum rivale 'Lionel Cox'), and bamboo.

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