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What to grow in wet soil?

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Jackie10-May-08 11:33 AM EST 3a   
ursula07-Jun-08 04:38 PM EST 2a   
Michelle08-Jun-08 01:46 PM EST 5a   
09-Jun-08 06:15 PM EST   
Shawn15-Aug-08 05:01 PM EST   
Claire02-Sep-08 02:28 AM EST 5b   
Sherwood Botsford13-Apr-09 07:59 PM EST 3b   

Subject: What to grow in wet soil?
From: Jackie
Zone: 3a
Date: 10-May-08 11:33 AM EST

I have a beautiful turn around island in my drive way but it is missing something. I have a burning bush in one site and it is doing very well but when I planted roses in my two other openings they died. Upon digging them out I realized how wet the soil was, no wonder they didnt make it! Now Im not sure what to plant there that would like that kind of moisture? Any help would be most appreciated.

Subject: RE: What to grow in wet soil?
From: ursula
Zone: 2a
Date: 07-Jun-08 04:38 PM EST

Bamboo grass likes wet soil but grows very tall . Up to 8ft at least. But it's beautiful and grows fast.

Subject: RE: What to grow in wet soil?
From: Michelle
Zone: 5a
Date: 08-Jun-08 01:46 PM EST

Ligularia not sure if that is spelled right.. hear they like part shade/shade but mine is in a sunny but very moist spot and is doing very well.. hardy too.. some hostas can take the sun.. some actualy prefer it as long as it is a moist spot.. couple ideas for you.. oh and snakeroot..try the 'brunette" one.. smells great and is lovely with the purple foliage.. very tall growing

Subject: RE: What to grow in wet soil?
Date: 09-Jun-08 06:15 PM EST

Canna lilies like wet feet and are wonderful when in flower.

Subject: RE: What to grow in wet soil?
From: Shawn
Date: 15-Aug-08 05:01 PM EST

There are many plants that flourish in wet soil. Ligularia (all types), obedient plant (physostegia),most japanese iris, iris pseudocorus,arundo grass, asclepias (butterfly weed), boltonia, eupatorium (joe pye weed) myosotis, monarda, can even try our native marsh marigolds(do not wild collect).If the area is large enough, there are also trees such as the willow that would do well in that situation.

Subject: RE: What to grow in wet soil?
From: Claire (
Zone: 5b
Date: 02-Sep-08 02:28 AM EST

japanses and siberian iris, astilbe,ferns (Ostrich/large & showy),cardinal flower,Coral Bells (Snowstorm)....for shrubs....try red osier dogwood, many viburnums, Daphne "Ruby Glow" likes wet....a word of caution though....bamboo can be invasive, maybe some cultivers are OK ....check it out....C

Subject: RE: What to grow in wet soil?
From: Sherwood Botsford (
Zone: 3b
Date: 13-Apr-09 07:59 PM EST

All of the ornamental dogwoods like having wet feet. Ivory Halo, if you want small, Elegentisima if something larger. Purpletwig if you want a more open airy effect.

Dwarf willows are a possibility. Two of my favorites are Dwarf Arctic Blue, (Salix purperea nana) and Tricolor (Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki')

Sherwood Botsford Sherwood's Forests Warburg, Alberta T0C 2T0 780-848-2548

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