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Best Flowers That Grow In Moist Soil


Do you have moist soil in your garden? Most of us are not aware what grows best in moist soil. However the reality is that moist soil does occur in most climates. There are few beautiful flowers that grow best in moist. Soil can be wet due to high water table since the upper level of the ground water is quite closer to the soil surface.

Some plants just despise having wet roots for considerable length of time. Yet others thrive in such conditions and do tend to die-off in drought like circumstances. Moist soils are typically wet in spring, and the surface soil can dry out in summer yet the subsoil can remain moist except in drought.

Gardening Tips For Wet Soil

More importantly, most soil landscapes always require supplemental watering when the weather becomes hot and dry. The areas that are close to wetlands will usually have water-saturated soil. The excessive moisture content does drown most flowers, however there are certain categories of plants which prefer water and do accept oxygen content of the soil. Try to turn the moist soil spot in your garden into a blooming asset with flowers that thrive mostly in sticky conditions.

Here are some of the flowers that grow best in moist soil.


Cannas is considered to be colourful bulbs. You can add this interesting tropical flair to your setting as they are absolutely colourful. They come in a variety of shades and bears big leaves. They come in spikes of bright red, yellow, orange, or pink flowers.


Monkshood (Aconitum Napellus) is one of the best flowers for moist soil. It is a hood shaped flower that is held with sturdy spikes. It is a beautiful perennial flower with deeply cut foliage. It comes in loose spikes of dark violet-blue flowers.


Being a member of Figwort family, turtlehead plant has many names including shellflower, snakehead, fish mouth and bitter herb. It only blooms in late summer. It is an adaptable plant that prefers to thrive in sun or in shade. Turtlehead flowers only require minimal maintenance. This appealing perennial wildflower provides a plenty of late season colour to the landscape.

Elephant’s Ear

Elephant's ear bear glistening black leaves tinted with silvery white veins. Like most tropical plants, elephant’s ear grows in rich moist soil and warm weather. This flower grows best yearly in moist soil or you could even bring it up as a houseplant.

Joe-Pye Weed

It has an imposing presence. This 6-foot-tall wild plant performs well in moist soil or in wet landscapes. Their stems are usually solid purple or spotted and its cluster of mauve flower heads usually attracts a number of beneficial insects in late summer to autumn months.

Siberian Iris

Siberian Iris flourishes mostly in rich moist soil or wet soil including bog gardens. They try to bloom in spring after bearded Iris. This is one such plant that can withstand severe weather conditions. Flowers come in variety of colours such as white, blue, purple, pink and yellow.

Cardinal Flower

Commonly referred to as cardinal flower, Lobelia cardinals is an easy care perennial that grows best in moist and even wet soil. This gorgeous plant produces tall spikes of bright red flowers between summer and early autumn. They bring the garden to life by attractive several species like butterflies and humming birds.

Japanese Irises

Japanese irises blooms beautifully and is considered to be among the most attractive of all irises. This can be planted along the shore of natural ponds or streams. It is a tall and elegant perennial which comes in penny flower forms in the hue of blue, pink, white, lavender or violent.

Pickerel Weed

It is a perennial aquatic plant that grows its large spike of flowers in summer. Usually the flowers can be white, blue or purple. Pickerel weed (Pontederia cordata) develops pretty spikes of pale blue flowers from June through October. This flower grows best in moist soil but they require sunlight and shade.

Balloon Flowers

Balloon flowers or chinese bellflowers have balloon shaped buds which pops open into attractive blue, white or purple flowers in summer. Balloon flowers prefer plenty of moisture and can even tolerate dry conditions. This cold hardy plant usually prefers cooler conditions in summer. Growing balloon flowers with children can be fun.


Astilbe (False spirea) produces large plumes in different sizes and shapes. The plume like flower panicles rise above foliage on willowy and upright stems. This flower grows best in moist soils and semi-shade. You can plant this in mass for stunning display.


Daylilies are easiest perennials to grow. They grow best when planted in full sun or in partial shade. Daylilies will grow best in moist soil types yet they prefer neither too hard nor too sandy soil. They generate fewer and smaller blooms and their foliage is not that strong and robust.


The Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) grows a small bulb which produces thin green leaves. It usually grows around six inches long and the white flower usually spreads outer petals. They can be grown anywhere, but they only prefer rich moist soil.

Lady's Mantle

Lady's mantle flower grows best in fertile moist soil with partial shade. The flowers have a rounded and mounded form that comes with charming scalloped leaves. It produces delightful little velvety grey green foliage and small chartreuse flowers.


Fox glove flowers favours or grows best in rich, moist soil and well drained soil. They have bell shaped flowers that open from bottom to top. Foxglove bears tall and dramatic spikes of tubular flowers with speckled throats. Foxglove adds grace to perennial border or shade garden.

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Story first published: Monday, March 16, 2015, 21:30 [IST]
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