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Wet non Draining Soil

Postby Smoke27 » May 07, 2010 12:18 pm

My back garden faces south however blocked by a fence. It does not get enogh sun to drain the soil properly. As a mater of fact I get moss. I only have pernials in this garden. Does anyone have any ideas for me?
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Re: Wet non Draining Soil

Postby B_BQ » May 07, 2010 6:17 pm

You have a very difficult situation.
Air flow is imperative to keep away moss.
There are lots of perennials which do grow in some shade, and some even in lots of shade, but most things need at least some dappled sunlight.
Hope someone else jumps in with a few suggestions for you.
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Re: Wet non Draining Soil

Postby Laura » May 07, 2010 8:47 pm

If you want to work with what you have maybe you could have a forest- like garden with ferns, violets, and mosses.

I wonder if alpine flowers would work ,the kind that grow in cool,moist mountain conditions.

If you want to amend your soil and have a regular garden then you need some kind of drainage put in first,no plant wants to sit in water,then you could plant some shade loving plants.

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Re: Wet non Draining Soil

Postby ViridianFields » May 08, 2010 12:39 am

There are a good number of perennial plants that don't mind moist soil. A few that come to mind off the top of my head are Siberian Iris, Camassia, and some Primulas... do a little research and I'm sure you can come up with some other good choices (specially if the spot is sunny).

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