The Q&A Archives: Best plant for wet area

Question: I have areas outside my garage and at the end of the drive which get full Florida sun, but the soil stays wet. I've tried hibiscus and several other things. Mexican heather seems to be surviving. What could I plant as a specimen that will survive?

Answer: There are a number of plants that will tolerate soggy soils:
Shrubs to consider include Bottlebrush, Florida anise, Florida leucothoe, Inkberry,
Sweet pepperbush, Sweetshrub, Virginia sweetspire and Winterberry. Some perennials to consider include Bee balm, Blue flag iris, Canna, Ironweed, Japanese iris, Joe-Pye weed, Lady fern, River oats, Royal fern, Siberian iris, Spiderwort, Swamp sunflower, Sweet flag and Yellow Flag Iris.

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