Sunny Moist Garden

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Sunny Moist Gardens support our most showy native plants to create stunning displays of color and structure.  Tall plants are the norm, including Joe Pye, Ironweed, Culver’s Root, Red Twig Dogwood, Sweetbay Magnolia, Elderberry, Serviceberry, Swamp Rose and Atlantic White Cedar.

Sunny Moist Gardens are typically grown on the edges of a property, usually in the lowest spots where rainwater pools after a storm.  Their tall stature works well as a border between properties or to hide utilities.

The Sunny Moist garden is also a haven for butterflies and other pollinators in the summer, while providing ample food supply for birds and small mammals in the fall.  These plants are vigorous competitors and will spread over time to fill in those areas that are moist enough to support them – and then will go no further.  The color palette includes beautiful combinations of pink, blue, yellow, and white blooms, followed by copious red and blue berries.


Recommended Plants

Arethusa bulbosaCornus racemosaAmelanchier canadensis
Asclepias incarnataRhododendron viscosumChamaecyparis thyoides
Conoclinium coelestinumRubus odoratusChionanthus virginicus
Doellingeria umbellataPhontina pyrifoliaCercis canadensis
Eupatoriadelphus fistulosusViburnum opulusEuonymus atropurpureus
Eupatoriadelphus maculatusSambucus nigraFraxinus pennsylvanica
Eupatorium perfoliatumPinus strobus
Gentiana andrewsii
Hypoxis hirsuta
Juncus tenuis
Liatris pilosa
Liatris spicata
Lobelia cardinalis
Lobelia siphilitica
Mimulus ringens
Monarda didyma
Onoclea sensibilis
Penstemon digitalis
Phlox paniculata ‘Jeana’
Rudbeckia hirta
Rudbeckia laciniata
Solidago rugosa
Solidago sphacelata
Spiranthes cernua
Symohyotrichum puniceum
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
Vernonia noveboracensis
Veronicastrum virginicum