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Old 05-20-2011, 07:35 PM
 
Location: NW. MO.
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Looking for something about 3ish feet tall by oh maybe 2 feet. Wanting nice color and has to tolerate periods in the spring of soggy ground. Oh also has to be hardy, I'm in a zone 5.

Any suggestions?
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:47 PM
 
Location: rain city
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Trillium, hostas, soloman's seal. Bergenia?

Sun or shade? I'm presuming shade?
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:32 PM
 
Location: NW. MO.
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Trillium, hostas, soloman's seal. Bergenia?

Sun or shade? I'm presuming shade?
Oh partly sunny (first half of the day) and possibly more sun later when some tree trimming occurs.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Turtlehead, Chelone Obliqua, as long as it doesn't get too dry in the summer.
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:39 PM
 
Location: NW. MO.
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Turtlehead, Chelone Obliqua, as long as it doesn't get too dry in the summer.
Oh I like that one. Spring planting spot is soggy but it does dry out when the rains subside. I might be able to plant it and keep it watered well.
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:40 PM
 
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To find plants appropriate to your zone and soil conditions you will have the best luck with natives and cultivars of natives. One of the best resources for finding good plants would be to look up wetlands restoration or rain garden resources. Missouri has quite a bit of formal wetlands restoration and conservation, and quite a few good rain garden sites.

Here are some examples of places you can get useful plant selections by sun exposure and depth of water that should give you some realistic choices:

Rain Garden plant list

Rain Garden Resources

The following place seems to have a pretty good selection but, even better, not only does it have great details about the plant, seeding and habitat, there are also pictures of the flowers to help you pick colors. They even have grouped the plants together for different habitats. You should find a few tall enough for your needs in the mix.

Missouri Wildflowers Nursery (http://www.mowildflowers.net/plants/plants.html - broken link)

One of my favorites in the tall wetland plant category is the Pink Turtlehead. I'm glad Gerania mentioned it. I just finished planting some as part of a demonstration project! Pink Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua speciosa)

Good luck with your wet garden
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Aesclepias incarnata...pink butterfly weed! Supposedly, aesclepias is the only plant that the monarch butterfly will lay its eggs on. I got some this Spring, so I'm excited. They're in soggy areas and get afternoon sun. Looking pretty good so far.


I think hardy ageratum may be good as well. Someone suggested those to me here on CD, so I got some. After getting over the transplant shock, they're coming right along in my soggy part shade garden. Apparently Hardy Ageratum can be "agressive" but they're natives w/ lavender fluffy flower heads.

If you're also on the east coast, another native that likes wet feet joe pye weed. There's a type called Baby Joe that I believe maxes out at 3 feet tall.
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:47 PM
 
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How about ferns, if the sun is not too hot. You said morning sun, right? I have ferns that get some morning sun, and do really well. Mostly shade is a must, though, for them to thrive.
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Old 05-21-2011, 01:46 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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Canna
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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Japanese iris
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