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Bulbs/Plants for Wet Ground?

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I've got an area near a stream that stays pretty damp. I can't run the mower over it, and it ends up over grown and messy. I though about planting a lot of bulbs and then throwing down about 3" of mulch on top. But I guess most bulbs will rot in wet ground?

 

Any thoughts?

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Hostas will do pretty well in damp conditions.

 

Might be able to plant watercress. Will need shade if it isn't in standing water.

 

Various types of vinca will crawl around but stay low and do pretty well. Once it gets established you will need to keep after it or it will take over the lawn.

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Thanks. Hosta is a good idea.

I've had the opposite experience with my vinca. It does fine in the shade. But in the sun, the grass is taking over. I know, I know. Everything I read everywhere tells me that vinca beats grass. But I have the cramped hands from pulling grass out of my vinca.

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There are a bunch of nice perennials that are shade and wet tolerant. Brunnera for example. Siberian Iris will handle wet as bulbs as long as it isn't standing water wet.

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My hostas near the house get more attention from the groundhogs. (By the way, groundhogs are kind of like starfish. If you shoot 1 (or 3) 5 more move in).

But a good hosta field may make life easier next season. Or, perhaps I'll plant a corn/sorghum field. (By "field" I mean about 100 sq/ft.)

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