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Plants for wet or damp soil

A garden prone to water-logging doesn't mean you have to live with mud and moss! There are many plants that thrive in wet or damp soil - some plants need wet or damp soil to live! Below is a list of plants that will be happy to live in wet or damp soil conditions.

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Bamboo

Arundinaria murielae
Phyllostachys n. Boryana

Bulbs

Fritillaria meleagris - 'Snakes head fritillary'
Leucojum

Ferns

Dryopteris cristata - 'Crested buckler fern'
Matteucia struthiopteris - 'Ostrich fern'
Osmunda regalis - 'Royal fern'

Grasses

Acorus
Carex
Phalaris

Herbaceous

Angelica sylvestris - 'Angelica'
Aster - 'Michaelmas daisy'
Aruncus - 'Goats beard'
Astilbe
Caltha - 'Kingcup' or 'Marsh marigold'
Cimicifuga - 'Bugbane'
Darmera peltata
Epilobium - 'Willow herb'
Eupatorium
Filipendula - 'Meadowsweet'
Geum
Gunnera mannicata
Hemorocallis - 'Day lily'
Hosta - 'Plantain lily'
Houttuynia
Iris ensata
Iris laevigata
Iris Pseudoacorus - 'Flag iris'
Iris Sibirica - 'Siberian iris'
Kirengeshoma
Ligularia
Lobelia
Lythrum - 'Purple loosestrife'
Lysimachia
Mimulus - 'Monkey musk'
Monarda - 'Bergamot'
Peltiphylum pellatum
Polygonum - 'Knotweed'
Primula
Rheum - 'Ornamental rhubarb'
Rodgersia
Sanguisorba
Symphytum - 'Comfrey'
Trollius - 'Globe flower'
Zantedeschia - 'Arum lily'

Shrubs

Andromeda - 'Bog rosemary'
Aronia arbutifolia - 'Chokeberry'
Clethra alnifolia - 'Summersweet'
Cornus - 'Dogwood'
Hippophae rhamnoides - 'Sea buckthorn'
Neillia thibetica
Physocarpus
Phormium tenax - 'New Zealand flax'
Sambucus - 'Elder'
Salix - 'Willow'
Spiraea
Vaccinium corymbosum - 'Swamp blueberry'
Viburnum opulus - 'Guelder rose'

Trees

Alnus cordata - 'Italian alder'
Amelanchier canadensis - 'Snowy mespilus'
Metasequoia - 'Redwood'
Populus tremula - 'Aspen tree'
Salix chysocoma - 'Weeping willow'
Sorbus aucuparia - 'Rowan' or 'Mountain ash'
Taxodium distichum

 

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