The Q&A Archives: Marshy Area

Question: I have a large area in my backyard (against the fence) that is badly graded. When it rains, it doesn't drain well.Consequently, there's about a 3 foot strip of yard that is perpetually marshy. Grass grows there beautifully, but it's difficult to mow because of the marshy-quality of that area. Are there any plants I could put there for ground cover that would thrive in the wet, full-sun soil and would not require mowing?

Answer: You might look to some of the marginal or bog plants as well as experiment with some perennials that like wet soil. You might try Japanese iris, Louisiana iris and Siberian iris, the yellow Iris pseudacorus, marsh marigolds, golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia aurea), perennial lobelia, and astilbe. You might also try some of the shrubs that appreciate ample water such as deciduous hollies (Ilex verticillata), shrubby dogwoods such as the red twigged dogwood, summersweet clethra (Clethra) and Itea.

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