Red Cardinal Flower loves damp spots and is a favorite of hummingbirds


Bald Cypress becomes a very large tree and should be underplanted with ground covers to protect its 'knees' from mower blades.


Red Chokeberry has stunning red berries in winter and attractive fall foliage. It is a small shrub only reaching 4 to 5 feet tall.

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Plants for Damp & Wet Spots

Many times, the best and easiest way to deal with a frequently mushy or wet spot in your yard is to plant plants that will thrive in those conditions. This method allows rainwater to soak into the ground and return to the underground aquifers from which we get our drinking water. Planting water-loving ground covers also means you don’t have to try to mow in these areas. Sometimes we call these planting areas Rain Gardens. The plants listed here are all considered native to this region.

Wet soils are places where standing water may be present for a few days at a time. If you have standing water for extended periods of time, you may need to consider using aquatic plants instead.



Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) average, damp/moist & wet soils

Black Gum/Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) average & damp/moist soils

Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) average & damp/moist soils

Red Maple (Acer rubrum) dry, average & damp/moist soils

River Birch (Betula nigra) average, damp/moist & wet soils

Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) average, damp/moist & wet soils

Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) average, damp/moist & wet soils



American Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) average & damp/moist soils

Button Bush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) average, damp/moist & wet soils

Inkberry Holly (Ilex glabra) average & damp/moist soils

Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) average & damp/moist soils

Summersweet Clethra (Clethra alnifolia) average & damp/moist soils

Swamp Azalea (Rhododendron viscosum) damp/moist & wet soils

Vernal Witchhazel (Hamamelis vernalis) average, damp/moist & wet soils

Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica) average, damp/moist & wet soils

Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata selections) average, damp/moist & wet soils

Withrod Viburnum (Viburnum cassinoides, V. nudum) average & damp/moist soils



Blueflag & Slender Iris, (Iris versicolor, I. prismatica) damp & wet soils

Boneset (Eupatorium hyssopifolium) average, damp/moist & wet soils

Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus) average & damp/moist soils

Hardy Ageratum (Conoclinium/Eupatorium coelestinum), average, damp & wet soils

Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium dubium, E. maculatum) average, damp/moist & wet soils

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) average, damp/moist & wet soils

New York Ironweed (Vernonia novaeboracensis) average, damp/moist & wet soils

Ostrich Fern (Mattuccia strutheropteris) average, damp/moist & wet soils

Perennial Hibiscus (Hibiscus moeschutos) average, damp/moist & wet soils

Red & Blue Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis, L silphatica), ave., damp & wet soils

Rosy Coreopsis (Coreopsis rosea) average & damp/moist soils

Royal & Cinnamon Ferns (Osmunda regale, O. cinnamomea) ave., damp & wet soils

Sedges (Carex species) damp/moist & wet soils

Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum) average & damp/moist soils

Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) average, damp/moist & wet soils

Turtlehead (Chelone species) average & damp/moist soils


Additional images

Button Bush has charming round flowers in summer that

attract butterflies.


The flowers of Summersweet Clethra have a strong

fragrance and come in both white and pink. Dwarf

selections are also available for small spaces.

Perennial Hibiscus is a native wetland plant that has been

refined for the garden. Give it plenty of room.

A native Iris, Slender Blueflag Iris (I. prismatica) is only

happy in damp to wet soils.