The Q&A Archives: Plants Suited for Boggy Soil

Question: The edge of our property borders protected wetlands. The wetlands are heavily shaded. What shrubs could I plant that would give me color

Answer: You might consider members of the Amelanchier family (serviceberry, shadbush) such as A. alnifolia Regent and A. canadensis. Others include sweet pepper bush (Clethra alnifolia and C. barbinervis), shrub-type members of the dogwood family, especially red-barked dogwood (Cornus alba); and viburnum species. Carroll Gardens, in Westminster, Maryland, carries a large selection of perennial and woody plants; their number is 1-800-638-6334. One more thought -- you might contact your state Department of Natural Resources to get their recommendations.

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