We all have an area of the garden that is damp and hard to grow plants that offer good interest and colour. Here is a good planting solution that I used in a damp and shady area of a garden to create good Spring interest.
The position of the bed is a East facing, with poor, damp soil and overhanging high branches.It doesn’t get much worse! So I chose tough, damp loving plants when designing this bed.
The Caltha Palustris (Marsh Marigold) is in full swing now, bright golden yellow cup shaped flowers offer a brilliant splash of colour. The Common Iris that is just appearing in the background is going to get to about three feet tall later in the Spring with bright yellow flowers.
When the Iris flowers fade the Geranium “Johnson’s Blue” (Cranesbill) will quickly add some Summer colour. At the end of the year the Rudbeckia “Goldsturm” (Coneflower) will add an attractive yellow daisy like flower with black eye. All these plants do well here and the combination that I have put together offers good seasonal colour. It is also worth noting that there is very little to be done to these plants in the line of maintenance apart from pulling away the previous years growth in early spring. They are all herbaceous perennials so they flower every year making them good plants to invest in.