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I have a very boggy corner in my garden. What can I plant there ?It is on the corner of my leach field so nothing with invasive roots. I would like to use perennials but I have no preference as to plants, bushes, grasses etc. At the moment it is just a thistle patch. Thank you.

Here’s a list of perennials for damp areas pulled from this link:

This is just a list of the perennials…if you are interested in shrubs as well, click the link above for the full list.  I’d avoid anything larger than the perennials though to protect you leach field

Ferns (Botanical Name – Common Name)

  • Athyrium filix-femina – Lady Fern
  • Athyrium nipponicum – Painted Fern
  • Cyrtomium falcatum – Holly Fern
  • Dryopteris erythrosora – Autumn Fern
  • Dryopteris filix-mas – Male Fern
  • Matteuccia pennsylvanica – Ostrich Fern
  • Onoclea sensibilis – Sensitive Fern
  • Osmunda cinnamonea – Cinnamon Fern
  • *Osmunda regalis – Royal Fern
  • Thelypteris palustris – Marsh Fern

Ornamental Grasses (Botanical Name – Common Name)

  • *Arundo donax – Giant Reed
  • *Carex species – Sedges
  • Chasmanthium latifolium – Northern Sea Oats
  • Schizachyrium scoparium – Little Bluestem
  • Sorghastrum nutans – Indian Grass
  • Spartina pectinata – Cordgrass

Perennials & Bulbs (Botanical Name – Common Name)

  • *Acorus calamus – Sweet Flag
  • *Acorus gramineus – Dwarf Sweet Flag
  • *Alocasia macrorrhiza – Giant Alocasia
  • Arisaema triphyllum – Jack-in-the-Pulpit
  • *Asclepias incarnata – Swamp Milkweed
  • Aspidistra elatior – Cast Iron Plant
  • Aster novae-angliae – New England Aster
  • Astilbe x arendsii – Astilbe
  • *Canna species – Canna
  • Chelone species – Turtlehead
  • Cimicifuga species – Bugbane
  • *Colocasia esculenta – Elephants Ear
  • Convallaria majalis – Lily Of The Valley
  • *Crinum americanum – Swamp Lily
  • Crinum species – Crinum
  • Eupatorium purpureum – Joe-Pye Weed
  • *Filipendula species – Meadow Sweet
  • Galium odoratum – Sweet Woodruff
  • Hedychium species – Ginger Lily
  • *Helianthus angustifolius – Swamp Sunflower
  • Hemerocallis hybrids and species – Daylily
  • *Hibiscus coccineus – Scarlet Swamp Hibiscus
  • Hibiscus species – Rose Mallow
  • Houttuynia cordata – Houttuynia
  • *Hymenocallis – Spider Lily
  • *Iris ensata – Japanese Iris
  • *Iris hybrids – Louisiana Iris
  • *Iris laevigata – Rabbitear Iris
  • *Iris pseudacorus – Yellow Flag
  • Iris sibirica – Siberian Iris
  • *Iris virginica – Southern Blue Flag
  • *Leucojum aestivum – Summer Snowflake
  • Ligularia species – Ligularia
  • *Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal Flower
  • *Lobelia siphilitica – Blue Cardinal Flower
  • *Lysimachia clethroides – Gooseneck Loosestrife
  • *Lysimachia punctata – Yellow Loosestrife
  • Malvaviscus arboreus – Turks Cap
  • Mentha species – Mints
  • Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebell
  • Monarda species – Bee Balm
  • Myosotis scorpioides – Forget-Me-Not
  • Physostegia virginiana – Obedient Plant
  • *Rhexia virginica – Meadow Beauty
  • Smilacina racemosa – False Solomon’s Seal
  • Tiarella cordifolia – Foam Flower
  • Tradescantia virginiana – Spiderwort
  • Tricyrtis formosana – Toad Lily
  • Vernonia noveboracensis – Ironweed
  • *Xanthosoma atrovirens – Taro
  • *Zantedeschia aethopica – Calla Lily
  • Zephyranthes atamasca – Atamasco Lily
  • Zephyranthes candida – Rain Lily

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