What To Plant In Wet Areas

wet area plants

When planting flowers and plants in your garden, it is important to know which types of plants will thrive in which areas.  Some plants require a lot of sun.  Other plants do better in shady areas.

Today, we will cover which plants would do well in wet areas in your yard.  Many plants will not do well in wet areas.  Soggy soil can cause diseases, and root rot in some plants and flowers.

Excess moisture can cause plants to suffocate, stop absorbing nutrients and eventually die.  However, there are some types of plants that will do well in wet areas.

Some bulbs and perennials that do well in wet moist areas include Lily of the Valley, Bugbane, Crinum, Sweet Woodruff, Daylily, Rose Mallow, Blue Vervain, Monkey Flower, and Iris.

Some types of grasses also do well in wet areas and will add beauty, and texture to your garden.   These can include Northern sea oats, Indian grass, Little bluestem, and Cordgrass.

There are also some vines and ground covers that will do well in damp areas.  The following plants will do well in wet areas but may require some drainage, and will not grow well in areas that are constantly flooded.  Ajuga, Trumpet Creeper, Carolina Jessamine, and Liriope are all types of grasses or ground covers that should perform well in damp areas.

Some plants can withstand long periods of wetness.  Because of this, these plants are good additions to garden ponds, bogs, or rain gardens.  Some plants that will do well in these types of areas include Water hyssop, Pickerelweed, Cattail, Iris, Canna, Elephant’s ear, Swamp Sunflower, and Scarlet Swamp Hibiscus.

Many ferns do well in a wet area and thrive at the edge of ponds.  Cinnamon fern, Royal fern, Sensitive fern, Painted fern, Marsh fern, and Holly fern are all ferns that tolerate wet areas well.

When choosing plants for moist, wet areas, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider as well such as the amount of light, soil type, and temperatures.  When in doubt, consulting with your local nursery can give you further guidance in deciding which types of plants will thrive in certain areas.

Diberville Landscaping would be glad to assist you with this.