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Plants For Wet Areas

In response to a Radio listener’s question. Here are a few plants that do quite well in rather wet-areas,where drainage tends to be rather poor. Remember, the roots of plants must have oxygen, so these plants cannot sit in water continually:

Birch TreesTREES

  • BIRCH (Betula spp.)
  • DOGWOOD ‘KOUSA’ (Cornus Kousa)
  • GINKGO (Ginkgo biloba)
  • CHERRY ‘BIRCHBARK’ (Prunus serrula)
  • CORKSCREW WILLOW (Salix matsudana ‘Tortuosa’)
  • PUSSY WILLOW (Salix discolor.)


  • RED OSIER DOGWOOD ( Cornus stolonifera)
  • QUINCE, FLOWERING Chaenomeles spp.)
  • BOG KALMIA (Kalmia polifolia)
  • COMMON PRIVET (Liqustrum vulgare)
  • ROSE-GOLD PUSSY WILLOW (Salix gracilistyla)
  • SPIREA (Spirea spp.)


  • ASTILBE (Astilbe arendsii varieties)
  • MARSH MARIGOLDS (Caltha palustris)
  • PAMPASS GRASS (Cortaderia selloana)
  • PLANTAIN LILY (Funkia) (Hosta spp.)
  • JAPANESE IRIS (Iris ensata)
  • SOLOMON’S SEAL (Polygonatum odoratum)


  • BOG ROSEMARY (Andromeda polifolia nana)
  • CORSICAN SANDWORT (Arenaria balearica)
  • BLEEDING HEART (Dicentra formosa)
  • ALGERIAN IVY (Hedera canariensis)
  • BLUE STAR CREEPER (Pratia pedunculata)
  • MYRTLE/PERIWINKLE (Vinca minor)




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