rain garden - need plant suggestions

ianna(Z5b)May 7, 2008

I've just established an area near my brand new pond as a rain garden. The area is just too muddy and gets too soggy each time it rains. No sense fighting the situation and so I've converted it into a rain garden.

I need suggestions,for plants that like it's feet occasionally wet, clay (although heavily mixed in with compost), and full sun condition. I've already added siberian irises, astilbe and a daylily. I need more ideas. I need tall plants for the backdrop as well as other plants for foliage interest. Any advise would be appreciated.


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Taxodium distichum 'Peve Minaret' perhaps ?

(hit the link below)

Here is a link that might be useful: Taxodium distichum 'Peve Minaret'

    Bookmark   May 7, 2008 at 8:06PM
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cookie8(zone 5 ON)

A magazine I just read had an article on rain gardens - here are ones they listed: iris, cardinal flower (lobelia cardinalis), switch grass (panicum virgatum), lily turf (liriope spp), cinnamon fern (osmunda cinnamomea). I don't have any input on any of them though.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2008 at 9:30PM
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How about Marsh Marigolds. They come in both single & double flowers.I have Wild Mint in a low area in my pasture but it may get invasive.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 8:21AM
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Have you considered putting in a shrub? I was thinking of 'Hakuro Nishiki', dappled willow. They like consistently moist soil-after all, it is a willow. Marg

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 8:56AM
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Some of these plants I haven't even considered and so your suggestions have been very informative. Thanks

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 3:19PM
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I suggest digitalis (foxglove) - easy to grow from seed, gorgeous, self-propagating, and tolerant of just about everything, judging by where they've grown in my garden.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2008 at 3:00PM
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Thanks, I do like the plant however because it is toxic and I have a young child and many more young children who play in my yard regularly, I would rather err on the side of safety. For this reason, I do not plant euphorbia, castor bean and monkshood.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2008 at 3:03PM
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bonniepunch(USDAz4 AgCanz5a)

Does it have to be a perennial? Cyperus papyrus can get several feet tall, loves wet feet, and is really neat looking.


    Bookmark   May 13, 2008 at 4:28PM
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Hi BP, I'd like to do that one day. Tropicals require overwintering and I just don't have the space nor the time to take care of indoor plants. For now I'm concentrating on perennials only because I hardly have time to do any heavy duty gardening anymore :o(. Marginal pond plants are fascinating. I've not attempted to do anything like this before so things are rather new to me. It's a whole new look. Another problem that has cropped up in my backyard is a new bed I created in a shady part of the yard and it's starting to smell which tells me that I have a problem in that bed. Probably no oxygen and not enough organics. I'm going to have to redo the bed :o (

    Bookmark   May 14, 2008 at 9:55AM
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We have a rain garden in Indiana, clay soil. We planted Milkweed, Cardinal Flower, Liatris, Spiderwort, Purple Coneflowers, Carex, and New England Asters. I would post a picture if I knew how.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2008 at 9:25AM
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I can't post pictures myself. I'm a nitwit in that regard. But things for the suggestions. I like the idea of liatris and spiderwort and the asters. I have added my cardinalis in between some sweetflags but I need more to make the area lush.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 12:02PM
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nohandle(6a swON)

If you're still looking for suggestions, our rain/woodland garden includes turtlehead, bottle gentian, wild ginger, hepatica, great blue lobelia, wood poppy, uvularia, carex grayii, marsh marigold, blue-eyed grass and some ferns.
Although they are all in sandy soil and partial shade, a few of these would do very well in full sun and heavy soil as well.
And if you are referring to lobelia cardinalis, that's a very good choice.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2008 at 4:26PM
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excellent. Thanks for the suggestions. The list fits well with my interest in wildflower gardening. Oh yes, my cardinalis is the lobelia cardinales. I've also put in a creeping jenny but I'm still a bit hesitant considering this plant can be a bit too aggressive or perhaps could even be considered invasive.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2008 at 9:44AM
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