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Name: christine
Westland, Mi (Zone 5b)
May 13, 2017 7:08 AM CST
My yard is low lying and most times has standing water in the spring. The only plants to come back from this mess are my black eyed susans, some pretty yellow potentilla, a yucca, and a couple hostas. Then after summer arrives, it is like a drought area. I have tried multiple flowers every year and they always do great all summer, then never come back in the spring. Is there any such flowering perennials that could withstand these conditions? I'm trying to always put larger plants with big root systems in the hopes that they will grow more and get better established to survive the wet spring! Any suggestions?
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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May 13, 2017 7:15 AM CST
Christine - have you considered plants that would be appropriate for a rain garden?
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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May 13, 2017 8:09 AM CST
A few plants that have tolerated similar conditions here would be certain daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva 'Europa', the "ditch lily", thrives naturalized at the sides of the roads here), the variegated grass Phalaris arundinacea 'Picta', Bee Balm (Monarda) and Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis). All except the latter are liable to try and take over if they are happy though. The more "civilized" non-rhizomatous daylily cultivars might be trial and error to find those which don't mind both the cold winters and being under water for part of the year. You could also ask on the Daylily Forum here for any suggestions.

Edited to add, there are some shrubs which are colourful and also tolerate being wet in spring, the Japanese variegated willow (Salix 'Hakuro Nishiki') and purple-leaved ninebark (e.g. Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo') will both tolerate being under water in spring but would need pruning if size is an issue.
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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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May 13, 2017 8:23 AM CST
You might also do a search for a native plant society in your locale. They often have specific planting plans for various areas (sunny slope, damp shade, etc.)
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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May 13, 2017 11:28 AM CST
A rose called the Swamp Rose would probably do well there is you have enough sun.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 15, 2017 5:58 PM CST
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Hay ! 😁 ! How about a few raised beds, with some well draining soil ?
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Name: christine
Westland, Mi (Zone 5b)
May 16, 2017 4:52 AM CST
Thank you all for your great advise!

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