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Soaked Soil? Five Plants That Thrive in Wet Locations

Finding plants that will survive in those soggy, wet locations of your yard is challenging. Most plants prefer well-draining or dryer soil. Luckily, many plants have adapted to wet conditions, so turning that swampy spot into a landscape feature is easy to do with these options:

Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)

In addition to being popular with hummingbirds and bees, Summersweet also grows incredibly well in wet soil. This native shrub grows quite large, so be sure to give it space to spread out and produce its prolific spikes of spicy-scented flowers. Summersweet needs little care once established, making us love it even more. There are also dwarf varieties.

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)

A native grass that tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, switchgrass looks stunning as a backdrop for bright, perennial blooms. Switchgrass grows upright in dense clumps and remains colorful and attractive all year long. The “Shenandoah” variety features reddish-purple blades in an elegant compact arrangement. Use Switchgrass as a focal point, screen, or border; it is incredibly versatile.


The dinner-plate-sized blooms of hibiscus add flair and drama to the garden in a good way! The vibrant colors and tropical appeal are the main selling point for hibiscus, but they also tolerate wet soil. Plant hibiscus in full sun, in consistently moist soil, and the blooms will be magnificent.

Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus)

A highly adaptable plant, sweetshrub grows in moist conditions, doesn’t mind if it’s in sun or shade, and tolerates an array of soil types. The deep burgundy flowers are so ornate and perfect that they look like wooden carvings. Sweetshrub is a prolific bloomer, and the flowers smell like sweet fruit, which is how it got its name.

Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)

When beautyberry is in full berry mode, it is an incredible sight to see. Bright purple clusters of berries line the stems, drawing the attention of all who see it, including the bees. This native shrub grows in all soil types, doesn’t suffer from many pests or diseases, and is extremely low maintenance. While beautyberries aren’t usually grown for their flowers, they still put on a lovely spring display before the berries form.

Don’t discount that area of your yard that’s a bit wet; try some of these attractive and interesting plants and turn that space into its own special area of interest.