Landscaping in Wet Shade


If you have soils that are periodically or frequently flooded or just slow to drain, there are natives that prefer to grow in those conditions. The native plant species listed here are easy to grow in moist, shady habitats. It is easier to work with the conditions on your site than trying to adjust the site to fit the plant needs. Consider some of the following native species in wet, shady habitats. 

Perennials (forbs)

Conoclinium coelestinum - Blue Mistflower
Lobelia cardinalis  - Cardinal Flower
Vernonia noveboracensis - New York Ironweed


Osmunda spectabilis - Royal Fern
Thelypteris palustris - Marsh Fern

Grasses, Sedges, & Rushes

Juncus effesus - Soft Rush


Aronia arbutifolia - Red Chokeberry
Cephalanthus occidentalis - Buttonbush
Clethra alnifolia - Sweet Pepper-bush
Gaylussacia baccata - Black Huckleberry
Ilex verticillata - Winterberry
Kalmia latifolia - Mountain Laurel
Physocarpus opulifolius - Ninebark
Rhododendron periclymenoides - Wild Azalea, Pinxter Flower
Rhododendron viscosum - Swamp Azalea


Cercis canadensis - Eastern Redbud
Magnolia virginiana - Sweetbay Magnolia