Have Wet Soil? No Problem!

by Amanda

Do you have a hard-to-plant area that has poorly-draining soil?

Turn this troublesome spot into a colorful landscape feature by planting Perennials and Bulbs that thrive in wet soil. Whether you have an area with runoff from a roof or an area next to a body of water, there are plenty of options for you to turn this into a gorgeous focal point of your garden!

Perennials That Thrive in Wet Soil

There are several varieties of perennials that not only tolerate wet soil but also create a burst of color all season long, year after year in the garden. Siberian Irises are one of the easiest Iris to grow and are extremely hardy, making them a dependable plant for any wet spot.

Bonus: These exquisite Irises also attract butterflies to the garden!

  1. Viola Halo Violet, Viola cornuta Halo

    Gardeners who plant ‘Brilliance’ Autumn Fern will find that the sturdy fronds stand up to all but the harshest ice storm, providing green when we need it most. Winner of the pres...

    Learn More
    Halo Violet Tufted Violet Halo Horned Violet PP#24428, Horned Pansy, Tufted Violet Viola cornuta Halo PP#24428
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Gardeners who plant ‘Brilliance’ Autumn Fern will find that the sturdy fronds stand up to all but the harshest ice storm, providing green when we need it most. Winner of the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Award-winner, this evergreen fern unfurls bronze-colored fronds in spring and sports particularly bright orange-red ripe spores on the undersides of the leaves in autumn. In early spring, cut away the old foliage to reveal new fronds emerging in extraordinary shades of coppery pink. Though it can stand on its own with grace, it provides a fantastic backdrop to shade plants such as Variegated Solomon’s Seal and Blue Brunnera. Autumn Fern is easy to grow in rich, moist, cool soil in full shade to part shade locations. It can grow in full sun with plenty of moisture. It is tolerant of dry shade, and drought tolerant once established. It benefits from regular moisture in its first season, and from an annual dressing of compost or mulch.
  2. Johnson's Blue Cranesbill, Geranium Johnson's Blue

    Legendary color and flowers. Crane's Bill Johnson's Blue is the most famous blue geranium ever. Large flowers, compact plant. (Geranium)...

    Learn More
    Johnson's Blue Geranium Johnson's Blue Cranesbill Geranium Johnson's Blue
    As low as $9.32
    Per Bag of 1
    Legendary color and flowers. Crane's Bill Johnson's Blue is the most famous blue geranium ever. Large flowers, compact plant. (Geranium)
  3. Purple Viola Columbine, Viola cornuta, Violet

    Violet Columbine is a spectacular hybrid with columbine colors--rich blue with white. A heavy bloomer. (Viola cornuta)...

    Learn More
    Columbine Tufted Violet Columbine Horned Violet, Horned Pansy, Tufted Violet Viola cornuta Columbine
    As low as $115.98
    Per Tray of 16
    Violet Columbine is a spectacular hybrid with columbine colors--rich blue with white. A heavy bloomer. (Viola cornuta)
  4. Woodland Wildflower Collection

    The Woodland Wildflower Collection includes 6 varieties of beloved plants found in the woods of North America. Blooming in the spring as the sun peeks through the tree canopy, each v...

    Learn More
    Woodland Wildflower Collection Woodland Wildflower Collection
    $78.98
    Per Collection of 18
    The Woodland Wildflower Collection includes 6 varieties of beloved plants found in the woods of North America. Blooming in the spring as the sun peeks through the tree canopy, each variety will provide rich foliage in summer and autumn as they spread and naturalize. Includes Virginia Bluebells, White Trillium, Dwarf Crested Iris, Jack in the Pulpit, Bloodroot, and Dutchman's Breeches.

Additional Moisture-loving Perennials

  • Ligularia The Rocket is a great choice for moist, shady gardens and illuminates with bright yellow flower spikes that attract hummingbirds.
  • Spiderworts are hybridized from a wildflower with the wild form of this unique three-petaled flower usually purple. The foliage is lily-like, forming a clump of glossy green. They naturally grow along streams, so give them plenty of water and some shade.
  • Hydrangeas are famous for their large, ball-shaped blooms that add elegance and charm to the summer garden. They can also be planted in wet soil.
  • Hardy Hibiscus are extremely easy to grow. All they ask for is full sun, decent soil, and some pruning once in a while. They leaf out very late in spring, so don't think they're dead and chop them down. Be patient, and in a few weeks you'll have attractive foliage and soon thereafter a summer full of spectacular blooms that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Bulbs that Thrive in Wet Soil

Many Summer-Blooming Bulbs tolerate wet soil and add unique, gorgeous color and foliage to the garden. If you're in an area that doesn't receive frost, these bulbs will act as perennials. However, if you receive hard frost during your cold months, you'll want to dig them up for the winter.

Learn more about how to store your bulbs over the winter

Elephant Ear Bulbs create a dramatic, whimsical look both planted in the garden and in containers. Huge, unique foliage is beautiful on its own or planted as a backdrop for your favorite blooms.

Canna Lily Bulbs ignite the late season garden with huge, boldly-colored blooms that last for weeks and weeks. These beauties are also extremely easy to grow.

Calla Lily Bulbs are another gorgeous choice, thriving in wet soil and creating an elegant statement both in the garden and cut for summer bouquets.

  1. White Florist Calla Lily, Zantedeschia aethiopica, Florist Calla Lily

    'White Florist' Calla Lily is the original Calla from South Africa, where it made its home in the wet soils of stream banks. Here, it's famous for its pristine, white blossoms that a...

    Learn More
    White Florist Calla Lily White Florist Calla Lily Zantedeschia aethiopica
    As low as $11.99
    Per Bag of 1
    'White Florist' Calla Lily is the original Calla from South Africa, where it made its home in the wet soils of stream banks. Here, it's famous for its pristine, white blossoms that are taller than other callas, at up to 3'. The perfectly-fluted flowers are an essential addition to bouquets. Plant 'White Florist' in a big pot on your patio, give it plenty of water and stand back! (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
  2. Richard Wallace Canna Lily, Canna Richard Wallace, close up of yellow flower

    Richard Wallace Canna Lily is a garden favorite with sunny yellow blooms, often speckled with red-orange flecks in the throat, and tropical lime green foliage. Blooming from mid-summ...

    Learn More
    Richard Wallace Canna Lily Richard Wallace Canna Lily Canna Richard Wallace
    As low as $15.99
    Per Bag of 3
    Richard Wallace Canna Lily is a garden favorite with sunny yellow blooms, often speckled with red-orange flecks in the throat, and tropical lime green foliage. Blooming from mid-summer through fall, Cannas attract hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden. Pant for a lovely display along the back of a border, along a wall for a dramatic display, and thrilling easy-to-grow containers.
  3. Pink Elephant Tropical Plant Collection

    The Pink Elephant Tropical Plant Collection combines Elephant Ears and Caladiums for bold foliage all season long. A dramatic combination of pink, green, white, and deep purple-black...

    Learn More
    Pink Elephant Tropical Plant Collection Pink Elephant Tropical Plant Collection
    $56.98
    Per Collection of 7
    The Pink Elephant Tropical Plant Collection combines Elephant Ears and Caladiums for bold foliage all season long. A dramatic combination of pink, green, white, and deep purple-black provides plenty of contrast and style in gardens and containers. Mounds of heart-shaped caladiums make a lovely underplanting beneath the emergent stems of Black Coral Elephant Ear. Collection of 7 bulbs.
  4. Pink Rain Lily Flowers Close Up, Zephyranthes

    The darling, crocus-like blooms of Pink Rain Lilies are sweethearts of the summer garden. Popping out of the ground after summer rains, these tender perennial bulbs are pollinator fr...

    Learn More
    Pink Rain Lily Pink Rain Lily, Fairy Lily Zephyranthes robusta Pink
    $13.32
    Per Bag of 25
    The darling, crocus-like blooms of Pink Rain Lilies are sweethearts of the summer garden. Popping out of the ground after summer rains, these tender perennial bulbs are pollinator friendly and as adorable as can be. Their clear pink blooms resemble miniature versions of their close cousin, the Amaryllis. (Zephyranthes robusta)

This season, turn that poorly-draining spot on your property into the fabulous garden that it deserves to be! What experience do you have planting in wet soil?

Please share in the comments below or on our Facebook Page.

© 2021 AmericanMeadows.com All rights reserved