The Q&A Archives: plants in "wet feet"

Question: Can you please suggest some plants with color that will thrive in soggy conditions, mostly sunny? Thanks, nancy Wrangham

Answer: There are a number of plants you could consider, although it depends to some extent just how wet it is. The following will tolerate damp to wet conditions: Lobelia cardinalis, Iris ensata, Iris sibirica, Iris louisiana, Monarda, Tradescantia, Persicaria bistorta (Polygonum bistorta), Eupatorium purpurea, Ilex verticillata, Aronia arbutifolia (red chokeberry), Hamamelis vernalis (vernal witchhazel), Acer rubrum (red maple), Betula nigra (Heritage river birch), Ilex glabra (inkberry holly), among others. Your local professional nursery staff and local county extension should have additional suggestions based on a more detailed understanding of the growing conditions where you want to plant, and your overall design goals.

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