I will admit to having to take some time to wrap my head around an addition to a garden that we installed last year. Although we have improved the overall drainage on the expansive site, there is one pesky area that is still a little bit damp. It’s walk-able and mow-able, but my client has come around to what I had originally suggested for the spot – a wet, shady meadow.
Meadow style plantings and damp shade don’t have to be mutually exclusive and here are three plants I’m considering to give it multi-season color, drama and texture. They are all in my experience reasonably deer resistant also.
Rogersia pinnata – a plant I haven’t used in a couple of years since most of the shady spots I’ve been working in have been dry woodlands. I’m going to try two varieties for their rough texture and difference in foliage and bloom color. The one I’m most excited about is ‘Chocolate Wings’
Lobelia silphatica – one of my favorite self seeders. My current client LOVES blue. It may be the perfect plant for this area.
Juncus inflexus ‘Blue Arrows’ – another choice for color and fine threadlike foliage with a stiff vertical habit
I’m excited about this part of the project because it allows me to flex and stretch in ways that I don’t always have the opportunity to do.