Bulbs forum: wet-tolerant bulbs?

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Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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UrbanWild
Aug 23, 2016 11:21 AM CST
I have a small bed under the drippings from two floors of air conditioners. I just created it 5-6 weeks ago. I planted a fern, a couple of foamflowers, impatiens, several columbine, and a handful of small annual fillers. I would like to eventually have the perrenials take over and only have to weed. I also had tbe spread of seasons in mind for pollinators. Usually, the hardest to plan for are the very early and very late flowers. The southern exposure bed is between to 3-floor buildings. The space is roughly 15 feet between them. So, depending on day/time of year, it gets decent light but sometimes depending on season and time of day, maybe not direct sun. I would like to add bulbs to the mix. Are there any which tolerate damp feet? Any I can plant now? Would like early-flowering species which could be played out early when other things are starting to come into bloom. Thoughts?
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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Aug 24, 2016 7:31 AM CST
Camassia likes moist to wet soil and tolerates some shade; check out the plant database for the different varieties. Good luck.
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UrbanWild
Aug 24, 2016 8:51 AM CST
DebbieC said:Camassia likes moist to wet soil and tolerates some shade; check out the plant database for the different varieties. Good luck.


This one?

http://garden.org/plants/searc...

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Name: felisa
bensenville, il (chicagoland a (Zone 5a)
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frahnzone5
Aug 24, 2016 8:56 AM CST
I have a patch of narcissus poeticus growing in a spot that has damp soil. The clump is thriving and expands every year.
Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Aug 24, 2016 2:51 PM CST
UrbanWild said:

This one?

http://garden.org/plants/searc...



Yes, exactly.
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Aug 24, 2016 3:25 PM CST
Another other one for these conditions is Fritillaria meleagris, mine grows on the borders of my pond (in a mainly shady garden), always humid if not wet..
Checkered Lily (Fritillaria meleagris)
And still another one is Allium triquetrum that thrives very well in the same conditions.., very pretty for a long time for a bulb plant!
Three-cornered Garlic (Allium triquetrum)
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Aug 24, 2016 4:06 PM CST
Like Mriam, I've had great luck with Fritillaria meleagris in damp and shady conditions.
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Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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Arico
Dec 18, 2016 9:37 AM CST
There aren't many bulbs that cope with alot of moisture. Only ones I can think of are Camassia, Leucojum, Galanthus, Fritillaria meleagris and to some degree Narcissus.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 30, 2017 8:30 AM CST
Although the site remains moist in summer, is it well drained? A lot of spring blooming (summer dormant) bulbs dislike moisture during the summer, but using combo plants that usurp that moisture can help remedy the problem. However this would be dependent on good drainage.
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