The Q&A Archives: wet soil

Question: what perennials tolerate wet soil? I removed a lot of clay and put in Miracle Grow soil - can I plant those tall irises in there? And what else? (Boston, MA)

Answer: Some plants 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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