Plant that Grow Well In Wet, Shaded Places

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Plants for wet boggy soils:
Hardy hibiscus



Creeping jenny




Ostrich and cinnamon ferns


Joe pye

Plant that Grow Well In Wet, Shaded Places

Kalmia latifolia

Cornus (Dogwood)

Dicksonia antarctica (Tree Fern)

Blechnum sp.

Nephrolepis (Fishbone Fern)

Vaccinium sp. (Blueberry)

Iris versicolor

Lilium canadense

Mentha (Mints)

Myosotis (Forget Me Not)

Oxalis montana (Wood Sorrel)

Viola cucullata (marsh blue violet)

Viola rotundifolia (round-leaved violet)

Very Tolerant of Wet soils

(Will withstand soil being submerged in water for lengthy periods)

Abies balsamea


Acer negundo, rubrum, saccharinum

Carya aquatica, illinoensis, ovata

Cretaegus mollis

Diospyros virginiana (persimmon)

Cornus sericea

Fraxinus pennsylvanica(green ash)

Eucalyptus camaldulensis

Gleditsia aquatica, triacanthos

Hamamelis virginiana

Platanus acerifolia, occidentalis

Liquidambar styraciflua

Quercus bicolor, macrocarpa, palustris

Populus delatoides

Washingtonia robusta (Mexican fan palm)

Salix alba, nigra

Virburnum cassinoides



Ferns Particularly Tolerant to Wet Soils

Bechnum siscolor, indicum, minus, wattsii

Cyathea australis, smithii

Cyclosorus interuptus

Dennstaedtia davallioides

Dicksonia antarctica

Diplazium dietrichianum, esculentum

Nephrolepis sp.

Osmunda regalis

Pteris comans, umbrosa

Thelypteris confluens

Todea barbara



Perennials for Bog Gardens

         Gunnera manicata- ‘giant rhubarb’ large umbrella-like leaves and prickly stems. In cold areas (prone to frost and water freezing) cover the crown with the dead leaves when it dies down in winter to protect the crown.

         Primula pulverulenta and candelabra primula flowers appear in early summer arranged in tiers up the stems. These plants self-seed readily in boggy areas - building up beautiful large displays.

         Darmera peltata‘ Nana’ - pink flowers appear before the foliage. Large saucer-shaped leaves appear after the flowers have faded. Beautiful, fiery foliage colours in autumn.

         Lobelia ‘Queen Victoriais a beautiful moisture-loving plant with upright stems of deep-red leaves topped with crimson flowers. Insulate the crowns with bracken or dead leaves in winter.

         Lythrum salicaria‘ Blush’ - a cultivated form of wild purple loosestrife; smaller than the wild plant; produces pale pink flowers in summer.

         Astilbe chinensis - fluffy pink flowers over attractive clumps of low-growing foliage to 20cm

         Iris siberica - Medium-height tough perennial with finer foliage than its larger-flowered cousins. Flowers come in many shades from white to dark blue.

         Ligularia dentata - this clump-forming plant has both ornamental foliage and flowers. Foliage wilts in hot summers if plants are exposed to direct sun light. Suitable for shaded areas along ponds, bogs or streams. Monitor plant for snails and slugs.

         Persicaria bistorta - A semi-evergreen and hardy, reliable perennial, excels in moist to boggy soil near water. Dense clumps of ground hugging foliage produce masses of soft pink poker heads held above the foliage throughout the summer. Native to parts of the UK.

Extra Hardy

Bog plants that tolerate full sun, wind and periods of dry to periods of flooding eg. dry summers after wet winters.


Acacia floribunda, retinoides

Brachysema lanceolatum

Eucalyptus rubida, viminalis

Grevillea confertifolia, juniperina, laurifolia


Trees for Wet Places

While there are a large range of trees suitable for wet places, it is important to note that some of these trees are too large for the average suburban backyard, or have very invasive roots that can cause problems such as blocked drains, raised paving, cracked foundations, etc. Good examples are poplar and willow species, which have been used extensively to stabilise stream banks - in the long term they may choke the stream, and require removal.


Trees That Tolerate Wet Soils

Acer freemanii (Freeman maple); mature height is 16-20m. Varieties include 'Armstrong', 'Autumn Blaze', and 'Celebration'.

Amelanchier spp. (serviceberries); mature height varies from 3-8m

Betula nigra (river birch) mature height 15-20m

Carpinus caroliniana; (American hornbeam); mature height 6-10m

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash);16-20m

Quercus bicolor (swamp white oak); mature height 20m

Quercus palustris (pin oak); mature height 20-22m

Taxodium distichum (bald cypress); a deciduous conifer to 16m

Trees for Damp Places

Damp, but not constantly wet/waterlogged, or that occasionally flood:

Acacia dealbata, melanoxylon

Alnussp. (alders)

Angophora floribunda

Eucalyptus botryoides, E. leocoxlon, E. ovata, E. saligna(Sydneyblue gum), E. spathulata, E. viminalis (manna gum).

Ficus rubignosa(invasive roots – needs plenty of room)

Liquidamber styraciflua

Poplus nigra ‘Italica’, P. serotina “Aurea’

Quercus palustris, Q. Velutina

Tristaniopsis laurina


Trees That Cope With Extended Wet Conditions

Casaurina cunninghamiana, C. glauca

Callistemon viminalis(large shrub to small tree), C. salignus.

Eucalyptus camaldulensis(River Red Gum), E. crenulata, E. robusta (Swamp Gum),

Melaleuca ericifolia, M. leucadendron, M. squarrosa, M. stypheloides

Taxodium distichus


Shrubs for Damp Conditions

Damp, but not constantly wet/waterlogged:


Aucuba japonica

Kalmia angustifolia

Callistemon linearifolius

Prostanthera lasianthos

Doryanthes excelsa(Gymea Lily)

Viburnum opulus‘Sterile’

Hedichycium sp.(Ornamental Gingers)

Weigela florida(syn W. Rosea)

Heliconia (most species and cultivars)



Shrubs for Wet Places

Aronia arbutifolia(red chokeberry)

Banksia robur (swamp banksia)

Bauera rubiodes

Callistemon citrinus, C. macro-punctatus, C. pachyphyllus, C. paludosus, C. pinifolius, C. rigidus, C. subulatus.

Cassinia vauvilliersii

Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush)

Cornus sericea (red osier dogwood)


Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)

Leptospermum scoporium

Melaleuca thymifolia

Olearia floribunda, O. glandulosa

Salix purpurea(purple osier willow)

Sambucus canadensis(American elder), Sambucus nigra

Marginal Plants

These are plants commonly found growing around the edges of wet areas such as ponds or boggy places. They may have all or part of their roots constantly wet, or may be exposed to fluctuating wet and dry conditions.


Acorus gramineus

Ghania radula, G. melanocarpa, G. sieberiana(saw sedges)

Alpinia caerulea(native ginger)

Isolepis sp.

Anigozanthos flavidus(kangaroo paw)

Iris kaempferi, I.pseudoacrorus

Baumea juncea

Juncus species

Calocasia esculenta (taro)

Orontium aquaticum

Caltha palustris

Phragmites australis

Carex species

Phormium tenax

Chorizandra enodis (black bristle rush)

Pontederia cordata

Cyperus lucidus, C. papyrus, C. rutilans

Restio complanatus, R. teraphyllus.

Dianella tasmanica

Sagittaria sagittifolia

Eleocharis dulcis

Thalia dealbata

Equisetum hiemale

Triglochin species (eg. Triglochin procera)


Typha domingensis(bullrush, cumbungi)


Mat Forming/Creeping Plants That Grow at Water’s Edge

Achillea (yarrow)

Marsilea sp.

Ajuga reptans

Mentha sp. (mints)

Cotula coronopifolia

Montia australasica

Crassula helmsii

Myriophyllum sp.

Isotoma fluviatalis

Pratia species

Liaeopsis brasiliensis

Ranunculus species


Viola hederacea.

IDEAS: line cement planters with plastic. Line hanging pots with plastic.

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