plantings in areas with high moisture retention - Knowledgebase Question

toano, Vi
Question by eagleaerie
March 2, 2010
i have a yard that because of soil type - clay, etc. water may stand but it certainly has issues with maintainging high ground water - so, i need plants that can tolerate- moisture or slow draining soils and areas in direct sun or partial sun for about 4 to 8 hours a day during the summer. Welcome any ideas, thanks!

Answer from NGA
March 2, 2010


There are lots of plants suitable for the site you describe. Here's a short list:
Astilbe Full sun ? half sun; Bee balm Monarda didyma Full sun ? half sun;
Black snakeroot Cimifuga racemosa Half sun; Blue cardinal flower Lobelia syphilitica Half sun ? shade; Blue flag iris Iris brevicaulis Full sun ? half sun; Bluets Houstonia caerulea Half sun; Calla, common Zantedeschia aethiopica Full sun ? half sun; Canna Full sun; Cardinal flower Lobelia cardinalis Half sun ? shade; Cinnamon fern Osmunda cinnamomea Half sun ? shade; Crinum Full sun ? half sun; Daylily Hemerocallis Full sun ? half sun; Elephant?s ear Colocasia esculenta Half sun;
Foam Flower Tiarella Half sun ? shade; Forget-me-not Myosostis scorpioides Half sun;
Globeflower Trollius Full sun ? half sun; Goat?s beard Aruncus dioicus Half sun;
Golden ray Ligularia Half sun ? shade; Greater celandine Chelidonium majus Half sun ? shade; Horsetail Equisetum hyemale Full sun ? half sun; Iris laevigata Full sun ? half sun; Ironweed Vernonia noveboracensis Full sun ? half sun; Japanese iris Iris ensata Full sun ? half sun; Joe-Pye weed Eupatorium purpureum Full sun ? half sun;
Louisiana iris Iris fulva Full sun ? half sun; Marsh marigold Caltha palustris Full sun ? half sun; Mint Mentha Full sun ? half sun; Monkshood Aconitum Full sun ? half sun; Moor grass Molinia caerulea Full sun ? half sun; New England aster Aster novae-angliae Full sun; Pentas Pentas lanceolate Full sun ? half sun; Queen of the Meadow Filipendula ulmaria Full sun; Perennial hibiscus Hibiscus moscheutos Full sun;
River oats Chasmanthium latifolium Full sun ? half sun; Siberian iris Iris sibirica Full sun ? half sun; Southern blue flag Iris virginica Full sun ? half sun
Spiderwort Tradescantia virginiana Full sun ? half sun; Swamp Hibiscus Hibiscus coccineus Full sun; Swamp milkweed Asclepias incarnata Full sun; Swamp sunflower Helianthus angustifolium Full sun; Sweet flag Acorus gramineus Full sun ? half sun;
Yellow flag Iris pseudacorus Full sun ? half sun.
Hope this list is helpful.

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