The Q&A Archives: Moist Soil

Question: What to plant in garden area where soil is mostly moist all the time, sun from 11-4 during spring/summer, need some color and appropriate perennials?

Answer: There are lots of perennials tolerant of moist soils. Here are a few:
Aruncus dioicus - Goat's Beard;
Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed;
Astilbe x arendsii - Astilbe;
Boltonia asteroides - White Boltonia;
Caltha palustris - Yellowflag;
Campanula glomerata - Clustered Bellflower;
Cimicifuga racemosa - Black Snakeroot;
Dicentra spp. - Bleeding Heart;
Houttuynia cordata 'Variegata' - Houttuynia;
Iris ensata - Japanese Iris;
Ligularia spp. - Ligularia;
Lobelia cardinalis - Cardinal Flower;
Lysimachia clethroides - Gooseneck Loosestrife;
Lysimachia punctata - Yellow Loosestrife;
Matteuccia pensylvanica - Ostrich fern;
Miscanthus sinensis - Ornamental Grass;
Monarda didyma - Bee Balm;
Myosotis scorpioides - True Forget-me-not;
Onoclea sensibillis - Sensitive Fern;
Osmunda cinnamomea - Cinnamon Fern;
Osmunda regalis - Royal Fern;
Physostegia virginiana - Obedient Plant;
Rodgersia pinnata - Featherleaf Rodgersflower;
Saxifraga pennslyvanica - Penn. or Swamp Saxifrage;
Tradescantia x andersoniana - Virginia Spiderwort;
Trollis europaeus - Globeflower.

The ferns are more suitable for shady spots but you may be able to tuck them in behind larger plants to afford some afternoon shade. Best wishes with your garden!

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