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Name: Sundra
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Searie
Jun 5, 2015 3:39 PM CST
I have a issue one of the flower beds I have just made tends to stay wet. I am wanting to add some flowers to the bed it's self. Can anyone give me some ideas of some flowers to plant.
Thumb of 2015-06-05/Searie/7513df This is what the bed looks like.



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RickCorey
Jun 5, 2015 4:21 PM CST
Wow, wet soil right near your foundation?

Have you thought about trying to get it to drain AWAY from the house more?

If it were not right up against the house, I would suggest considering making the walls higher and the bed deeper. Then you could grow anything there.

I think some lilies (Tiger Lilly? Ditch Lilly?) like wet feet.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 5, 2015 4:25 PM CST
Welcome! to ATP, Searie. Hm, sort of depends upon how much sun it gets and how warm your climate is as well. What part of the country/world are you gardening in? (you could add this to your profile and then it will appear in all your posts)

If it's warm enough in the summer, a lot of perennial gingers really like lots of water, and can take some shade. If there is sun, Cannas would be my choice, for fabulous flowers that keep right on blooming until the weather gets too cold. You would need to mulch them heavily for the winter, though.

Why does that bed stay so wet? Is there drainage off the roof that lands in there? That would mean probably lifting perennials for the winter and potting them up. Wet feet in cold weather is a whole lot more destructive than in warm weather.
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Name: Sundra
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Searie
Jun 5, 2015 5:42 PM CST
I live in north Alabama, and this bed is in full sun. Yeah that is my problem if it is a heavy rain not even the gutters seem to be able to keep up. We have placed a large amount of mulch there.
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zuzu
Jun 5, 2015 6:37 PM CST

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 5, 2015 7:48 PM CST
I'd totally go for Cannas in that spot. They love all the sun and heat and water you can give them, and will keep on blooming through the summer. Look at Lowe's, they often have some fairly short varieties in nice colors plus the "Tropicanna" series with the amazing striped leaves. (this is not a great pic of them)
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Cannas truly come in all shapes and sizes though, from 2ft. tall to 8ft, and with blue-ish, dark green, dark red, bronze, striped and variegated leaves. Flowers are in all the warm colors, pinks, reds, orange and yellows and also white.


These are some of the small ones I got at Lowe's a few years ago.
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If you do plant Cannas in that spot, once they stop blooming in fall, I'd dig a few roots and just throw them in a pot of potting soil for the winter. That wet spot might well cause them to rot if you leave them in the ground. (depends how wet the winter weather is)







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Name: Sundra
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Searie
Jun 5, 2015 7:59 PM CST
Thanks everyone for all the advice. I am going to look into all of it and make up my mind what to place.
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Swayback
Jun 5, 2015 10:05 PM CST
Obviously I'd say colocasia!
Too many kinds to list!

Actually though, I think the first response is likely the best direction.
Water against the foundation like that is likely to find its way to the other side, that's a bad situation!

Foundation issues are only less severe than a leaking roof, and can't undermine your home and totally devalue it, as well as potentially ruin it.
I don't know your situation, and I can't tell from that pic if it's a feasible idea, but if at all possible, get that water away from you house!
Especially if it pools!
I've spent a lot of time here installing drains, mostly passive weeping systems with gravel, but also regrading and the soil all along the foundation of our house, a lot of work! But with extensions on the gutters and and all that work, it's dry as a bone under the house!
Imagine my surprise 5 years ago... Crawling under the house and I see a glimmer and investigate... I found a 4'x6' puddle, depth was unknown because it turned out the glimmer was 100's of eyes... Of massive fisher spiders! You wouldn't believe me if I told you how big... So that situation had to be handled!

Good luck!
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Name: Sundra
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Searie
Jun 6, 2015 10:03 AM CST
Thank you all for the advice. A lot of the water issues come from the front yard being sloped some. That is why we put the block the way we did it is helping to divert the water away from the area.

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