The Q&A Archives: Water Absorbing plants

Question: I am looking for water absorbing perennials for my side yard. I'd like a variety of plants and flowers that will provide an aesthetically pleasing solution to water issue in our yard. Super thanks!!!

Answer: While there are some plants that tolerate soggy soils, they won't actually solve the problem for you. The real solution is to install a curtain drain which is basically a gravel filled trench which will give the water a place to go rather than sit in your garden bed.

Some plants for soggy soils include Aconitum (Monkshood), Hibiscus (Rose Mallow),
Actaea (Bugbane), Isolepsis (Scirpus) (Fiber Optic Grass), Alchemilla (Lady?s Mantle), Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern), Alocasia (Elephant Ear,) Monarda (Bee Balm), Aruncus (Goatsbeard), Mimulus (Monkey Flower), Asclepias incarnate (Swamp Milkweed), Miscanthus(some varieties) (Maiden Grass), Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster,) Molinia caerulea (Purple Moor Grass), Astilbe, Myosotis (Forget Me Not) ,Astilboides tabularis (Shield Leaf), Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern),
Athyrium (Lady Fern), Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass), Bergenia, (Elephant Ear) Phalaris arundinacea (Ribbon Grass), Blechnum (Deer Fern), Physostegia (Obedient Plant), Canna, Polygonum (Soloman?s Seal,) Chelone lyonii (Turtlehead), Primula (Primrose), Cyrtomium (Fish Tail Fern) Rodgersia (Rodger?s Flower), Gunnera (Dinosaur Food), Sisyrinchium californicum (Yellow Eyed Grass), Hosta (Plantain Lily), Thalictrum (Meadow Sweet), Ligularia, Tiarella (Foam Flower), Lysimachia (Loosestrife), Tradescantia virginiana (Spiderwort), Helenium autumnale (Helen?s Flower), Trollius (Globe Flower), Helianthus angustifolia (Swamp Sunflower), Zantedeschia (Common Calla), Arenaria (Corsican Sandwort), Lysimachia (Creeping Jenny), Galium (Sweet Woodruff,) Mentha (Corsican Mint), Houttuyuna (Chameleon Plant), Potentilla (Spring Cinquefoil), Laurentia (Blue Star Creeper).

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