Plants for Wet Sites

Published On: January 17th, 2022


Choosing plants for wet sites can be a challenge for those that have areas on their property that are low lying or prone to flooding. Selecting plants that thrive in wet and moist soil conditions can help gardeners to incorporate these areas into their overall garden design.

Light Conditions:

  • FS = full sun
  • PS = partial shade
  • SH = shade

Perennial Plants for Wet Sites

  • Astilbe (Astilbe) FS–PS
  • Goatsbeard (Aruncus) FS–PS
  • Swamp/Red Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) FS
  • Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina) PS–SH
  • Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) PS
  • Sedge (Carex ) PS–SH
  • Turtlehead (Chelone) FS–SH
  • Joe-Pye-Weed (Eupatorium/Eutrochium) FS–PS
  • Hosta (Hosta)PS–SH
  • Wetland Iris (Iris virginica var. shrevei, I. versicolor) FS–PS
  • Ligularia (Ligularia) PS
  • Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) FS–PS
  • Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) FS–PS
  • Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnamomea) PS–SH
  • Obedient Plant (Physostegia) FS–PS
  • Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum) FS–PS
  • Ironweed (Vernonia) FS–PS
  • Culvers Root (Veronicastrum) FS–PS

Shrubs for Wet Sites

  • Serviceberry (Amelanchier) FS–PS
  • Chokeberry (Aronia) FS–PS
  • Bog Birch (Betula glandulifera) FS–PS
  • Buttonbush (Cephalanthus) FS–PS
  • Summersweet (Clethra) FS–PS
  • Gray Dogwood (Cornus racemosa) FS–PS
  • Redosier Dogwood (Cornus sericea) FS–PS
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea) FS–PS
  • Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) FS–PS
  • Ninebark (Physocarpus) FS–SH
  • Willow (Salix) FS
  • Elderberry (Sambucus) FS–PS

Trees for Wet Sites

  • Freeman Maple (Acer x freemanii)
  • River Birch (Betula nigra)
  • Musclewood (Carpinus caroliniana)
  • Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
  • Planetree (Platanus)
  • Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)
  • Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
  • Willow (Salix)