To get some tips for my front path - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by key0626
August 4, 2005
This spring I purchased a shrub for my front yard from your company and it makes very extraordinary purple flowers and attracted people's interest. And I need your help with my front path this time.
Lately, I have had hard time to find the right plants for my front walking path. It is small which is about 2 X 6 FT.
I tried a couple of different types such as petunia and salvia and daisy.
But roots of most of them are dying and leaves are turning to yellow. I think it might have something with watering since there is no drain under and water stays unless it dries completely.
So I believe I need something which needs a lot of water. And I checked your website but unfortunately I can't search plant name by care instruction. So If you help me to find anything for my watery path it would be very appreciated.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Thank you.

Answer from NGA
August 4, 2005
You may need to experiment with a few plants before you go whole-hog and plant any one thing extensively, but there are a number of good plants which tolerate some degree of wet feet: Japanese Iris, Siberian Iris, Iris pseudacorus, Marsh Marigold, Lobelia cardinalis, Monarda and Joe Pye Weed are good candidates for very damp spots while daylily, (Hemerocallis), Black-Eyed Susan, Astilbe and some ornamental grasses will also tolerate a good amount of dampness. If given enough moisture, some hostas (especially the golden ones) will tolerate a great deal of sun, so they may be another plant to test. Good luck with your perennials!

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