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Wet area plants


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dee22-Apr-01 08:11 PM EST 5b   
Susan23-Apr-01 07:37 AM EST 6b   
The Budding Poet23-Apr-01 09:26 AM EST 4b   
ingrid23-Apr-01 05:47 PM EST 3   


Subject: Wet area plants
From: dee
Zone: 5b
Date: 22-Apr-01 08:11 PM EST

What type of plants am I able to plant in a wet area to help this area , there is a pond here and I would like to know what would be complimentary, as well I would like to know how to use natural plants and then transplant if possible.


Subject: RE: Wet area plants
From: Susan
Zone: 6b
Date: 23-Apr-01 07:37 AM EST

Lots of choice - sun or shade?

For huge leaves, try Umbrella Plant (Darmara pelatata a.k.a. Peltiphyllum peltatum) or Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum). You could always plant Bullrushes if it's sunny. In shadier areas try sedges (Carex) or rushes(Luzula). Filipendula can cross over between sun and shade and has tall spikes of Astilbe-like flowers in mid to late summer. Goatsbeard (Aruncus) is another Astilbe-like flower. Deadhead the female plants to avoid too many self-seeded plants (it spreads rapidly by seedlings.) Bugbanes(Cimifuga) like moisture and have tall 'bottle brush' wands of white flowers. Marsh Marigolds (Caltha palustris) are pretrty, low growing glossy green plants with yellow spring flowers. Ostrich Ferns (Mattttteuccia) like moist soils and produce huge fronds. They can be invasive and spread rapidly, so only plant them if it's a large site. They also like shade. A sun-loving alternative is Marsh Fern (Thelypteris palustris) which is also a spreader but with smaller fronds. Sweet Flag (Acorus calamus) would provide good foliage contrast with sword-lik leaves as would some of the 'flag' irises like Iris pseudocorus or Iris versicilor. Non-natives like Siberian Iris, Astilbe, hosta, and Japanese Primroses would also be nice.

Harvesting native plants from the wild and transplanting them to the garden is frowned upon by wildflower and native plant organizations. It's better to look for a nursery that sells certified nursery-grown stock so you don't contribute to the depletion of the natural environment.


Subject: RE: Wet area plants
From: The Budding Poet
Zone: 4b
Date: 23-Apr-01 09:26 AM EST

With the rapid pace of development choice native plants are being bulldozed. Here, a nearbye wet woodland area with orchids and interesting albino forms of Jack-in-the-pulpits disappeared quickly to the developers shovel. Wetlands are under seige.

Perhaps if there are significant natives to be rescued in your area, you could post it in the 'Seed Savers etc' here on 'I Can Garden'

We owe it to our descdendants.


Subject: RE: Wet area plants
From: ingrid
Zone: 3
Date: 23-Apr-01 05:47 PM EST

Ligularias (rayflowers) are good in partial shade. They have big leaves with purplish undertones, and various types of yellow flowers. How about cardinal flower or blue lobelia if you are in the sun? I have a pot of manna grass in my l/2 whiskey barrel (it has to be contained or it will be rampant). Willows like it fairly moist, but it should be a small spreading one (salix lindleyana) as their roots can be problematic. Did someone mention rodgersia (astilboides) as it has great big leaves and makes a large clump in a shady wet place. Ferns, too like moist soil (watch for the aggressive spreaders). In the sun Joe pye weed is a tall (7') beauty with late summer pink flowers. Hostas like moist cool soil but so do slugs. Canna lilies (esp the variegated 'tropican' or 'pretoria' would make a strong focal point.


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