The Q&A Archives: Low area that has very poor drainage and is damp most of the time

Question: Need to know what type of plants / trees that can be planted where in the spring and anytime really that we get a lot of rain we have standing water till it soaks in. Ground is wet underneath top layer most of the year.

Answer: Some perennials which tolerate fairly damp situations would include Japanese Iris, Yellow Flag Iris, Hibiscus moscheutos (rose mallow), Joe Pye Weed, lobelia, monarda, lady's mantle and some of the ornamental grasses. Occasionally you will also find that Black-Eyed Susan, Siberian Iris, daylilies (hemerocallis), astilbe, forget-me-nots and assorted hosta will also thrive in a damp spot. Good luck with your plantings!

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