Good Shrubs For Wet Areas
Wet and soggy soil is typically due to drainage issues and these types of areas can prove challenging when landscaping and gardening. In order to maintain a healthy garden, irrespective of the soil moisture levels, you can select specific shrubs suited for wet areas. There are several shrubs that prefer moist and wet soils for proper growth and development. Several species of fetterbush (Leucothoe fontanesiana) grow well in areas with soggy or overly wet soils. “Nana” dwarf fetterbush (Leucothoe fontanesiana “Nana”) — which grows in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 8 — is a deer-resistant, wet area-tolerating evergreen with green, leathery leaves, which change to a bronze or red color in the fall. “Rainbow” drooping fetterbush (Leucothoe fontanesiana “Rainbow”) grows slowly to about 3 to 5 feet tall in USDA zones 5 through 9. These evergreen shrubs are deer-resistant and tolerates wet locations. It has arching red stems covered in mottled, colorful leaves; and in the spring, clusters of white, drooping flowers appear.
Smooth hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) can be found growing near bodies of water, which mean they can tolerate overly wet soils. It grows in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 9 reaching heights between 3 and 5 feet tall. Smooth hydrangeas produce large clusters of flowers that attract butterflies. Smooth hydrangeas tolerate drought conditions; shallow, dry, clay and rocky soil; and are resistant to rabbits. Buttonbrush is a butterfly-attracting shrub growing in USDA zones 5 through 9, reaching heights between 5 and 12 feet. These wet-soil-tolerant deciduous shrubs produces large flower heads that harden into balls consisting of tiny nutlets as they mature. “Ruby Spice” summersweet (Clethra alnifolia “Ruby Spice”) produces fragrant flowers that resemble bottlebrushes and attract butterflies with their sweet nectar.