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Zone 5- Plants that tolerate wet feet?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by captaingreen, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 471

    I have a problem area that I'm trying to landscape with plants that will tolerate the wet conditions. The area needs two tree's and possibly a type of ground cover that would also benefit from the wet conditions. The spot receives full sun on the west side. A few possibilities are river birch and swamp bay magnolia, but, I would like to consider other idea's, if there are any others that would tolerate these conditions. If anyone could offer any other suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.
  2. activelandscaping

    activelandscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 241

    A few good,medium to low growing, choices for wet areas:

    1) Arisaema candidissimum
    2) Caltha palustris
    3) Arisaema sp.
    4) Iris cristata
    5) Tiarella cordifolia
    6) Lobelia cardinalis
    7) Dryopteris carthusiana ( good fern for wet areas )

  3. Dig-it Landscaping

    Dig-it Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 108

    Salix alba 'tristis'
    Acer rubrum
    Acer saccharinum
    Platanus occidentalis
    Salix matsudana 'tortuosa'
    Salix sacchalinesis 'sekka'
    I know they grow well in wet conditions but they all get large in size
    I'll try to think of some more. hope this helps
  4. activelandscaping

    activelandscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 241

    Good small tree for wet area's is Amelanchier c.

    Best bet for a larger tree is Betula nigra

  5. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,742

    I like dig it's list a lot. Most things in the willow family are good, that includes poplars.

    Atlantic White Cedar
    Highbush Blueberry
    Royal Fern, New York Fern, Cinamon Fern
    Viburnums - many native species
    Swamp White Oak (Q. bicolor)

    Is this seasonal wet feet?
  6. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,898

    Most of them that I was thinking of have already been mentioned!
    Bald cypress Taxodium disticum (don't think I spelled the species right!)
    Buttonbush is a good, native (to IN, at least) wet tolerant shrub

  7. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 471

    AGLA yes it is seasonal wet feet. There are alot of good suggestions here, I am thinking about using Amelanchier Canadensis, it is a native to boggy sites so it may be just what I'm looking for. The area is about 25' long and 10' wide in a raised bed. I would also like to fill it with some ground cover or perrenials that would prefer the wet area, thanks Active for your suggestions on plants, and everyone else, you guys are very helpful.
  8. activelandscaping

    activelandscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 241

    Some great suggestions, a few I didn't think of planting before. :)

    There is one more, probably my favorite for wet sites. I didn't list it since it doesn't really fit into your spec., but it's a great shrub for wet sites. Clethra alnifolia (Summersweet) . :)

    Best of luck,

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