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7 Flowering Plants That Will Grow in Wet Soil

There are many different ways to make your backyard stand out and look amazing, you can add plants, flowers, or vegetables but sometimes it can be hard to decide what you want to grow because of the soil or sun conditions in your backyard or you’re worried because you live in a wet climate.

It is a common assumption that flowering plants need loads of sun and just the right amount of water to help them thrive and blossom but that is not always the case. There are many kinds of flowering plants that thrive with shady or little sunlight and many different varieties of flowering plants prefer wet soil with little to no drainage. We have gone ahead and listed a few of the easiest, prettiest flowering plants that can make that soggy grass and wet soil look beautiful.

These are 7 of the most beautiful flowering plants that prefer wet soil


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Calla is a great flowering plant to have in your backyard because it comes in so many different colours, you have so many to choose from. Calla can be pink, white, orange, bronze, yellow or maroon and last for a long time. These flowers are great for cutting and hold up well when not attached to the plant. Calla can grow up to 3 feet tall and come back yearly. Calla’s may need to be cut more often than some of the other flowering plants but they do not require much tending because they prefer sun and moist soil.

Turtle Head

turtlehead flower
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Turtle Head is another flowering plant that thrives in wet soil. This plant likes continuous wetness and sunny weather. Turtle Head can grow up to 3 feet tall and is lovely to look at. It gets its name because of the shape of its pink flowers. Turtle Head does not take a lot of time and care but will keep your living space looking amazing every year.

Cardinal Flower

Cardinal flower
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Cardinal flowers are a very bold flowering plant and it stands out right away. It has long, red flowers that will last all summer and will attract Hummingbirds to your backyard. Cardinal Flower is an easy plant to maintain and likes growing near water, like your backyard pond. It can grow to 4 feet tall with regular care.


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Forget-me-not thrive in wet soil and will grow even larger if planted near water, like a pond. They are a beautiful addition to your outdoor living space. They have a very delicate look to them but they are strong enough to keep coming back yearly and last for the spring and summer months. Forget-me-not can grow up to 12 inches tall and prefer full sun. You have to be careful with this flowering plant because it self seeds and can pop up all over your garden.


Wet Canna Lilies
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This beautiful flowering plant likes wet soil and prefers to be continuously wet but it does need a sunny spot in your backyard or inside your house. Canna can grow to be 8 feet tall depending on the species, some smaller varieties are under 2 feet tall. Canna is bright and smells wonderful and can spruce up any living space with its tropical feel. This plant’s flowers can range from red, orange, yellow to pink and it has huge leaves that surround the flowers.

Siberian Iris

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Siberian Iris is one of the easiest flowering plants to grow and maintain. Siberian Iris can be grown in shallow standing water or soil with poor drainage. It can grow up to 4 feet tall with proper care and will keep blooming year after year. This plant has a graceful look to it with its long, thin leaves and slender flower blossoms.

Japanese Primrose

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Japanese Primrose is the perfect flowering plant for a backyard with not a lot of sun. Primrose prefers partially shaded areas that are continuously damp. They grow in gorgeous clusters with bright flowers that range from white to pink and have a two-toned look. Primrose does the best in cool-summer areas and can grow up to 2 feet tall.

 7 Bold Flowers that love wet soil

Well there you have it, 7 of the easiest, beautiful flowering plants that will grow and thrive in wet soil and won’t require all your time and energy to maintain. This is the time to grow your incredible backyard living space. 

You do not have to worry about cooler temperatures and poor drainage with these flowering plants. There are many other flowering plants that will add beauty to any garden but these 7 are a great start!