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Question: I am having difficulty planting anything in my beds because my sprinkler system keeps the ground too moist and the roots of all my annuals die. We get afternoon sun, but unfortunently it does not dry out the soil. I have tried begonias,petunias, geraniums and am at a loss as to what to try next so I have some color. We water 3 times a week to keep our lawn green all summer.

Answer: When soils remain soggy, plant roots can suffocate. There are some plants that prefer wet soils so you might want to try some of these:
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). Some like shade and some like sun so be sure to choose those with the preference for sun that the flower beds can provide.

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