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Question: I live at the edge of a boral bog. ergo peat moss type of soil + roots of rtrees galore! - Problem When I plant anything a bush a flower whatever the darn moss and roots kill it within a year I thought of raised beds abd have tried it in the back yard .It worked for about 5 years but the roots are taling over and killing the perenials I had planted. Help !

Answer: Rather than trying to change things, you might want to choose plants with a high tolerance for soggy soils. The roots should intermingle and grow happily together. Some perennials to consider:
Aconitum (Monkshood); Hibiscus (Rose Mallow);
Actaea (Bugbane); Isolepsis (Scirpus) (Fiber Optic Grass);
Alchemilla (Lady?s Mantle); Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern);
Alocasia (Elephant Ear); Monarda (Bee Balm);
Aruncus (Goatsbeard); Mimulus (Monkey Flower);
Asclepias incarnate (Swamp Milkweed); Miscanthus(some varieties) (Maiden Grass);
Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster); Molinia caerulea (Purple Moor Grass);
Astilbe ; Myosotis (Forget Me Not);
Astilboides tabularis (Shield Leaf); Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern);
Athyrium (Lady Fern); Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass);
Bergenia (Elephant Ear); Phalaris arundinacea (Ribbon Grass);
Blechnum (Deer Fern); Physostegia (Obedient Plant);
Canna; Polygonum (Soloman?s Seal);
Chelone lyonii (Turtlehead); Primula (Primrose);
Cyrtomium (Fish Tail Fern); Rodgersia (Rodger?s Flower);
Gunnera (Dinosaur Food); Sisyrinchium californicum (Yellow Eyed Grass);
Hosta (Plantain Lily); Thalictrum (Meadow Sweet);
Ligularia Tiarella (Foam Flower);
Lysimachia (Loosestrife); Tradescantia virginiana (Spiderwort);
Helenium autumnale (Helen?s Flower); Trollius (Globe Flower);
Helianthus angustifolia (Swamp Sunflower); Zantedeschia (Common Calla);
Arenaria (Corsican Sandwort); Lysimachia (Creeping Jenny);
Galium (Sweet Woodruff); Mentha (Corsican Mint);
Houttuyuna (Chameleon Plant); Potentilla (Spring Cinquefoil);
Laurentia (Blue Star Creeper); Vinca minor (Dwarf Vinca).

Best wishes with your garden!

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