Ellen has been gardening with and appreciating native plants for eleven years in north metro Atlanta. She is especially fond of native shrubs and trees but is willing to learn to love herbaceous plants as well. Helping others to see the beauty and versatility of Georgia's native plants, whether it be in the wild or in the garden, is both a passion and a compulsion -- just ask her kids! Ellen is an active member of the Georgia Native Plant Society and the Georgia Botanical Society. She uses her personal blog, usinggeorgianativeplants.blogspot.com, to share seasonal ideas and pictures about native plants in her area.

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Plants for Soggy Places
by Ellen Honeycutt - posted 05/19/13

Today is a very wet day in North Georgia. This has been a wet spring in North Georgia. And frankly it was a wet winter before that! As a result, some of you may be finding some wet and squishy spots that you didn't have before. Such spots are usually due to poor drainage. Before you start researching how to improve your drainage, let me tell you about some native plants that might just be ok in those spots both when the spots are soggy and when they're not.

Perennials - for Sun

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) - also works in part shade
Swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)
Carolina spiderlily (Hymenocallis caroliniana)
Joe pye weed (Eupatorium/Eupatoriadelphus spp.)
Ironweed (Vernonia spp.)
Swamp hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus)
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) - also works in part shade

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Perennials - for Shade
Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)
Cinnamon fern (Osmundacinnamomea)
Royal fern (Osmundaregalis)
New York fern (Thelypterisnoveboracensis)
Lady fern (Athyriumfilix-femina)
Shuttleworth ginger (Hexastylis shuttleworthii)
Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)



Possumhaw (Viburnum nudum and V. nudum var. cassinoides)
Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica)
Winterberry  (Ilex verticillata)
Inkberry (Ilex glabra)
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis)
Florida anise (Illicium floridanum)
Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)
Doghobble (Leucothoe spp.)
Buttonbush (Cephalanthusoccidentalis)
Swamp azaleas (Rhododendron viscosum or R. arborescens)

Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica)















Bald cypress (Taxodiumdistichum)
Blackgum/Tupelo (Nyssa spp.)
Red maple (Acer rubrum)
River birch (Betula nigra)
Swamp dogwood (Cornus amomum or C. foemina)
Sycamore (Platanusoccidentalis)
Sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)
For those of you that live in a maritime area, there are plants more suited to the special conditions and types of water there. The Georgia Native Plant Society partnered with Coastal WildScapes to create a brochure of plants more suited to those wet conditions.


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