what will survive in shady moist soil? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by tinker1luv
June 20, 2010
I have a small area behind my house (about 4'x3') that does not get any sun and the soil is very wet. The only thing that seems to grow there is moss and it looks horrible. Do you have any suggestions as to what I can plant there. I would like something that will flower but I'll plant anything to make it look better. Thank you. Smiling

Answer from NGA
June 20, 2010


There aren't many plant choices for shady, wet areas. You might try raising the bed or amending it with organic matter to help it drain better. Most shade loving plants don't like consistently wet soils. Some exceptions might be Solomon's Seal, ferns of all kinds, Astilbe, hosta, columbine and Ligularia. Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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