shade and watery - Knowledgebase Question

Question by jtta102830
May 2, 2010
hi. i need suggestions on what to plant (perennials) in an area which is partially shady/sun and usually moist to watery soil. tnx

Answer from NGA
May 2, 2010


Some shade loving perennials that would grow okay in a wet area are astilbe, hosta, Siberian iris, chelone, myosotis, mertensia, primula and ornamental grasses such as pennisetum and carex. You may have to experiment a little. If the soil remains soggy for extended periods of time, even these plants will have a hard time thriving. Soggy soils exclude oxygen and plant roots need oxygen as well as moisture. Sometimes the best approach is to build a raised bed or at least mound the soil up in the continuously wet areas of the garden to keep the roots a little higher. Hope you have a beautiful garden!

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