Perennials for Soggy Soils - Knowledgebase Question

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Il
Question by MELLENTHINJ
April 22, 2009
HAVE AN EXTREMLY WET AREA IN MY YARD AND PLANTS DO NOT GROW. WHAT PLANTS, PERENNIALS, LOVE WATER SOAKED SOIL?


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Answer from NGA
April 22, 2009

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Most plants won't grow in soggy soils so you might want to consider building a raised bed or installing a curtain drain to help drain the soil. Failing that, here are some reliable plants for soggy soils: SHRUBS: Bottlebrush buckeye, Florida anise, Inkberry, Sweet pepperbush, Sweetshrub, Virginia sweetspire, Wax myrtle, Winterberry. Some perennials to consider: Bee balm, Blue flag iris, Canna, Ironweed Vernonia, Japanese iris, Joe-Pye weed, Lady fern, River oats, Royal fern, Siberian iris, Spiderwort, Swamp sunflower, Sweet flag, Yellow flag. Good luck with your garden!

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