ground cover - Knowledgebase Question

waukesha, wi
Question by kblackwood
February 22, 2006
I have a yard that is full of water. Can you recommend some deep rooted flowering plants, bushes, and ground cover that perhaps would work in this situation?

Answer from NGA
February 22, 2006


Soggy soils can be a problem for most plants, but here are a few suggestions for plants that tolerate wet feet:

Asarum spp.
Common names: wild ginger and European ginger
Zone 4 A. canadense, Zone 5 A. europeum
Height: 6?8 inches
Growth rate: slow to moderate
Foliage: evergreen, kidney-shaped, leathery, European has glossy leaves
Flower: bell-shaped, greenish-purple or brown, not ornamental
Culture: rich, moist soil; shade

Convallaria majalis
Common name: lily-of-the-valley
Zone 4
Height: 6?12 inches
Growth rate: moderate to fast
Foliage: basal, lily-like
Flower: white, waxy, very fragrant, bell-shaped, in a terminal raceme, mid-May to mid-June
Culture: moist, fertile soil, enriched annually; full to partial shade

Epimedium spp.
Common name: barrenwort
Zone 4?5
Height: 8?12 inches
Growth rate: slow
Foliage: compound, finely toothed, heart-shaped
Flower: crimson flushed with red or yellow, spring
Culture: moist soil; partial shade

Houttuynia cordata ?Chameleon?
Common name: Houttuynia
Zone 5
Height: 6?8 inches
Growth rate: fast
Foliage: heart-shaped, yellow, green, bronze, and red
Flower: long spike with florets lacking petals; early summer
Culture: moist to wet soil; sun or partial shade

Lysimachia nummularia
Common name: creeping Jennie
Zone 4
Height: 2 inches
Growth rate: moderate to fast
Foliage: opposite, nearly round
Flower: solitary in leaf axils, stalked, yellow corolla bell-shaped, late spring, sporadic through mid-summer
Culture: moist soil; sun or shade

Liriope spicata
Common name: creeping lily-turf
Zone 5
Height: 10 inches
Growth rate: slow to moderate
Foliage: narrow, grass-like, with minute teeth on margins
Flower: pale lilac to white, clusters lax and open, summer
Fruit: berrylike, black
Culture: fertile, moist soil; shade or sun

Hope these suggestions are just right for your garden!

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