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Herbaceous plants that will tolerate wet and occasionally water logged soil

A range of flowering herbaceous plants and ferns will be quite happy on permanently wet and waterlogged soils – often as pond or river edge plantings - in fact many will positively flourish on such soils and bog areas can be created to grow these very attractive plants, many of which have large attractive foliage as well as produce attractive displays of summer blossom.

Many of these plants will also prefer a certain amount of shade and shelter as they have large sensitive foliage which could be prone to sun and wind damage. Most will require a deep fertile soil, which should be topped every couple of years with a mulch of well rotted compost. Some of the taller plants might also need staking prior to flowering and
All will require irrigation if your bog area dries out during hot dry summer months.


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Latin &
Common Name
EarmarkType & FormFlowers & Foliage
Gunnera manicata - Gunnera, Giant RhubarbGunnera manicata

Gunnera, Giant Rhubarb
Herbaceous Flowers, Ground cover, Rounded - ClumpGreen flowers (Spring)
Rodgersia aesculifoliaRodgersia aesculifolia Herbaceous Flowers, Ground cover, Rounded - ClumpWhite flowers (Summer)
Inula magnifica - FleabaneInula magnifica

Fleabane
Herbaceous Flowers, Upright - ClumpYellow flowers (Summer late)
Zantedeschia aethiopica - Crowborough - Arum LilyZantedeschia aethiopica

'Crowborough'

Arum Lily
Herbaceous Flowers, Container-friendly, Rounded - ClumpWhite flowers (Summer early)
Caltha palustris - Marsh Marigold, King CupCaltha palustris

Marsh Marigold, King Cup
Herbaceous Flowers, Rounded - ClumpYellow flowers (Spring)
Rheum palmatum - Ornamental RhubarbRheum palmatum

Ornamental Rhubarb
Herbaceous Flowers, SpreadingRed flowers (Summer early)
Hosta - AntiochHosta

'Antioch'
Herbaceous Flowers, Ground cover, Container-friendly, Rounded - ClumpWhite flowers (Summer)
Trillium erectum - Wood Lilly, TrilliumTrillium erectum

Wood Lilly, Trillium
Herbaceous Flowers, Rounded - ClumpWhite flowers (Summer)
Ligularia  X yushizoeana - Palmatiloba - LigulariaLigularia X yushizoeana

Palmatiloba

Ligularia
Herbaceous Flowers, Rounded - ClumpYellow flowers (Summer)
Epimedium frohnleitenEpimedium frohnleiten Herbaceous Flowers, Ground cover, Container-friendly, Rounded - ClumpYellow flowers (Spring)


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