The Q&A Archives: Border Plants That Love Water

Question: My front lawn is elevated (approximately 1 1/2 ft higher than the sidewalk) and everytime the sprinkle goes off, which is everyday, the water drains to the sidewalk. I have a border that is approximately 1 ft wide and 20 ft long and is right on the path of the draining water. I've planted ground cover but after a month or two, they turned yellow because of the amount of water that passes through. I would love to plant border plants, preferable flowering plants to give my front yard color. Can you recommend a hardy, flowering plant that loves water and sun? Thanks.

Answer: You may need to experiment with a few plants before you go whole-hog and plant any one thing extensively, but there are a number of good plants which tolerate some degree of wet feet: Japanese Iris, Siberian Iris, Iris pseudacorus, Marsh Marigold, Lobelia cardinalis, Monarda and Joe Pye Weed are good candidates for very damp spots while daylily, (Hemerocallis), Black-Eyed Susan, Astilbe and some ornamental grasses will also tolerate a good amount of dampness. If given enough moisture, some hostas (especially the golden ones) will tolerate a great deal of sun, so they may be another plant to test. Good luck with your perennials!

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