The Q&A Archives: What to Plant?

Question: I need plants-flowering preferably-for a small bed that receives little or no direct sun, and is in a place that can flood when it rains. A hardy plant because there are many children who play around the area. Thank you.

Answer: There are a number of plants you may be able to use. You might consider the twig dogwood shrubs such as Cornus stolonifera, the deciduous hollies (Ilex verticillata), or perhaps the evergreen inkberry shrub, Ilex glabra. Additional deciduous shrubs to consider would include Aronia arbutifolia, Clethra, and Itea virginica. Some ferns will tolerate a very wet area as well. Depending what actually happens when it floods, you might also be able to grow perennials such as Astilbe, Chelone, Lobelia cardinalis, Alchemilla, and Arisaema in the area. You may need to experiment and see what does best for you there. Good luck with your project!

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