Extremely wet soil can bog down life in the garden. When too much water is in the soil, it creates havoc for those plants roots that don’t particularly care for that much water. And when roots bind up with water, it means the water tends to puddle and that often results in erosion and flooding. Get the most out of your wet soil and plant these seven plants to percolate water and reduce the chance of flooding problems.
You’ve seen these great looking plants all over the place and they have a nice dramatic look when the branches hang and “weep” down towards the ground. These easy to grow plants thrive in boggy soil. In fact, they can’t live without it so if your soil isn’t wet all of the time, then don’t plant these trees because they need a constant source of water to grow. You can even grow them bonsai style like this potted alpine willow.
Lily of the Kings
Its name is confusing because it’s not really a lily-it’s actually in the iris family. This gorgeous looking green stalked plant is found in wet boggy locations. It’s topped by a gorgeous set of flowers and is supposed to be the inspiration for the famous symbol of French royalty-the fleur-de-lis. This plant is used in water gardens sometimes by being planted in a pot of rich top soil, and then submerged partially underwater. This walking apostle iris also loves moist soil and shady places, just not as much water as the lily of the kings.
This water loving tree species thrives in areas where water comes and goes. They can be fully submerged or be just offshore of a water supply to grow well. They are tolerant of sandy, heavy alkali soils and some salty grounds as well. They can live for thousands of years and get extremely tall-50-100 ft. or more. On the other hand, the golden mop false Cyprus grows 2-3 feet tall in about ten years time and grows more like a shrub than a tree.
This water loving tree is the little cousin of the bald Cyprus. It doesn’t grow as fast or as tall as its larger cousin, but it can live just as long. Because it’s such a small tree, it fits well in small spaces that are wet like French drain wash outs, creeks and retention ponds. It’s also a really attractive tree to add to any garden. It’s tolerant to heavy water as well as slightly spongy areas so it will grow as well down by the lake edge as it would as a hedge in a soggy part of your lawn.
This is one of my favorite trees to grow in wet areas because it’s able to adopt so well and really grows tall and slender-about 50-70 feet tall. It does well in moderately wet areas but does not do well under water. However, it tends to do well through long droughts unlike other species like the weeping willow. You can also grow it bonsai style just like the river birch found here.
This colorful plant remains vibrant and pretty; even through the winter months. It has blossoms of white and red berries that dramatically change the trees appearance throughout the seasons. It grows a modest height of 3-6 ft. and is primarily used as a shrub in wet locations. Grow your own dogwood from seeds with this kit.
Rushes and Sedges
Big, flat and brown stalks or green stems of flowing grass are how rushes and sedges can be described to look like. This grass-like plant grows great in wet to extremely wet soils. It can do well for a small amount of time without water, but prolonged periods of drought may kill this wet soil loving plant.