Answer: Those are tough and contradictory conditions, since most plants that like hot sunny exposures don't like their roots in wet soil, and plants that like wet soil, usually like shady woodland conditions. You may have to experiment with a variety of things to see what works. Start with plants that will tolerate the wet soil, since lack of oxygen for root systems can quickly kill a plant. You might try a variety of iris, including Japanese iris, Louisiana iris, Iris pseudacorus (yellow flag), Iris versicolor (blue flag), all of which will take sun to shade. They would be the right height and provide color. Monarda (bee balm) and Lobelia cardinalis (cardinal flower) are other colorful choices that will take water and sun. Good luck!
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