Shade & Water loving plants - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Shelley Swift
Independence, Ke
Question by shelslp
February 12, 2010
I am in Zone 5 & have a 15'x4' area on the side of my house that gets little sunlight and tends to hold water. Are there any plants/shrubs that will thrive in conditions such as this?

Answer from NGA
February 12, 2010


Some good choices for damp, shady sites include Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica), Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum), Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), Inkberry (Ilex glabra), Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba (Spiraea latifolia), Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia), American Cranberrybush Viburnum, Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica), Bee balm (Monardra didyma), Blue Flag (Iris versicolor), Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Fringed bleeding heart (Dicentra), Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum), Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris), Swamp Rose-mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos), and ferns of all kinds.

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