Every garden has at least one tricky spot where most plants do not perform well. These spots tend to be either too wet, too dry or too rocky. Luckily there are plants that not only can tolerate these unusual conditions but can thrive in them.

Spaces in the garden that are constantly wet or tend to hold water after rains are perfect for places for Hardy Hibiscus (Rose Mallow). Hardy Hibiscus has an amazing tropical look with breathtaking 12-18 inch blooms making them a striking addition to any garden. This easy maintenance perennial attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and many other pollinators while deer typically leave it alone. Hibiscus loves wet soil and love full sun exposure. Other great options for wet locations include perennial Lobelia, Andromeda, Astilbe, Liatris, Milkweed, and Dappled Willow.

Rocky, sandy and dry soils can pose another problem. Sedum is a fantastic perennial for

rocky or sandy locations. These hardy succulents thrive in dry sunny spaces. Proven Winners Rock ‘N Grow Bundle of Joy Stonecrop Sedum has a low mounding habit and becomes covered in small white flowers in late summer through fall. This tough succulent loves the sun and poor well draining soils making it a low maintenance keeper. Other options for sandy dry locations include Hens and Chicks, Coreopsis, Nepeta, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Creeping Thyme, Yarrow, and Artemisia.

Dry Sandy Rocky Soil:

Annuals:

Cosmos

Dianthus

Lobularia (Alyssum)

Prairie Dropseed

Verbena

Zinnia

 

Perennials:

Artemisia

Columbine

Coreopsis

Creeping Thyme

Dianthus

Echinacea

Hens and Chicks

Heliopsis

Lavendula

Nepeta

Papaver (Poppy)

Rudbeckia

Salvia

Sedum

Stachys (Lamb’s Ear)

Veronica

Yarrow

Yucca

 

Trees and Shrubs:

Buxus (Boxwood)

Juniper

Physocarpus (Ninebark)

 

Wet/Clay Soil

Annuals:

Canna

Carex (Toffee Twist)

Colocasia (Elephant’s Ear)

Juncus spiralis (Corkscrew Rush)

Papyrus (Baby Tut, Prince Tut and King Tut)

 

Perennials:

Andromeda

Anemone

Asclepias (Milkweed)

Astilbe

Baptisia

Clematis

Coreopsis

Geranium (hardy)

Hemerocallis (Daylily)

Hosta

Ilex

Ligularia

Lily of the Valley

Liatris

Lobelia (perennial)

Lysimachia (Creeping Jenny)

Monarda (Bee Balm)

Ostrich Fern

Pachysandra

Penstemon

Phlox

Rudbeckia

Russian Sage

Tradescantia

 

Trees and Shrubs:

Acer

Barberry

Buddleia

Dappled Willow

Elderberry

Hibiscus

Hydrangea

Syringa (Lilac)

Lonicera

Peony

Spirea

Weigela