Wet Tolerant Plants

Wet Tolerant Plants

Poor drainage in low areas, areas with a high water table, or heavy clay soils can be one of the most challenging aspects of gardening. You may choose to “fix” your drainage problem by amending the soil, grading the soil to divert water, or raising the overall level of the soil. You can also select plants that will tolerate wet conditions. If plants experience standing water for extended periods of time, you will still lose even the most tolerant of plants.

Our nursery manager has created a list of plants that are tolerant of wet conditions.


Common Name Botanical Name
Freeman Maple Acer freemanii
Red Maple Acer rubrum
River Birch Betula nigra
Honeylocust Gleditsia triacanthos
Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipifera
Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Black Gum Nyssa sylvatica
Pear species Pyrus
Pin Oak Quercus palustris
Willow species Salix
Baldcypress Taxodium distichum
American Arborvitae Thuja occidentalis


Common Name Botanical Name
Serviceberry species Amelanchier
Red Chokeberry Aronia arbutifolia
Black Chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa
Sweetshrub Calycanthus floridus
Buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalis
Summersweet Clethra alnifolia
Dogwood species Cornus
Wintercreeper Euonymus fortunei
Inkberry Ilex glabra
Winterberry Ilex verticillata
Virginia sweetspire Itea virginica
Willow species Salix
Blueberry species Vaccinium


Common Name Botanical Name
Monkshood species Aconitum
Japanese sweet flag Acorus gramineus
Lady’s Mantle Alchemilla mollis
Astilbe species Astilbe
Siberian Bugloss Brunnera macrophylla
Turtlehead Chelone lyonii
Black Snake Root Cimicifuga racemosa
Bleeding Heart Dicentra spectabilis
Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium maculatum
Daylily species Hemerocallis
Rose Mallow Hibiscus moscheutos
Hosta species Hosta
Iris species Iris
Deadnettle Lamium maculatum
Ligularia species Ligularia
Lilyturf Liriope
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis
Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris
Bee Balm Monarda didyma
Royal Fern species Osmunda
Primrose species Primula
Lungwort species Pulmonaria
Foam Flower Tiarella cordifolia
Spiderwort species Tradescantia
Violet species Viola


Trumpet Vine Campsis

*This is a list of suggestions, not a complete compilation

Not all varieties are available throughout the season so please call ahead to check current availability with our nursery.

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