The Q&A Archives: Planting in a very wet area

Question: I have an area around the edge of our patio that stays wet all the time. What can I plant there that will survive and give me interest year round?

Answer: There are several perennials and shrubs that do well in damp soils. Here are a few suggestions:
Beebalm (Monarda), Bergenia, Cimicifuga, Columbine, Eupatorium, Feather reed grass,
Fern, Goats beard, Hardy hibiscus, Hosta, Ligularia, Liriope, Lobelia, Physostegia,
Spiderwort, Stokesia, Sweet woodruff, Switchgrass (Panicum), Turtlehead (Chelone).

Arborvitae, Bayberry, Blueberry, Chokeberry, Deutzia, Forsythia, Fothergilla,
Hydrangea, Leucothoe, Leyland cypress, Nandina, Privet, Pussy willow, Spicebush,
Viburnum, Virginia sweetspire and Winterberry holly.

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