Hardy Perennials for Wet, Shady Areas - Knowledgebase Question

Dryden, ME
Question by hugran
January 28, 1998
What are some Maine-hardy (zone4) perennials that thrive in wet, shady areas? Soil is acidic. The proposed planting area is beside woods of pine & white birch, and next to a property drainage trench that is always damp, wet, or flowing!! I would like to attract birds, if possible.


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Answer from NGA
January 28, 1998

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Well, I'll give you a listing of some zone 4 plants that like wet, shady areas.

Blue stars; ferns- cinnamon, royal, or common; lobelia-cardinal flower; marsh marigold; perennial forget-me-nots; saxifrage; turtlehead.
Siberian iris can take partial shade, as can some primula species, cultivated varieties of loosestrife, daylilies, and hosta.

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