These plants will thrive in harsh conditions while others struggle
In some gardens, plants cheerfully thrive, while others succumb to harsh winds, frost damage and constantly wet soil. For plants, heavy winter rainfall is a big problem. Many don’t need as much water in dormancy or with reduced photosynthetic activity, so waterlogged conditions can easily lead to dieback and root rot. The plant wilts as its roots struggle to get vital oxygen. And with rainfall levels increasing, it’s a good idea to look for plants which are able to specifically cope with these wet conditions. And these incredible superheroes will not only cope – they’ll even thrive!
Flamboyant beauty with attractive corky bark and glossy-green, five-lobed pointed leaves that transform in autumn to brilliant shades of orange, crimson and purple. The flowers develop into exceptional round, spiky fruit, many of which stay on the tree throughout winter. Often found in swampy ground in its natural habitat in North America, it tolerates wet soils more than other trees. It’s hardy down to -20C (-4F) and can be grown in an exposed position in a lime-free soil, in sun or part shade, and makes a nice addition to woodland gardens.
This vigorous iris grows up to 1.5m (5ft) high and loves wet conditions. It grows best in a deep, acid and fertile soil in sun or part shade, and will thrive in waterlogged soil, on a shelf in a pond or at the margins of a stream. It has beautiful, large, yellow flowers with darker veining in the centre in mid and late summer, ripening to seed pods which split into orangey brown seeds. It’s a long-lived perennial, hardy to over -20C (-4F).
This plant grows in wet, marshy places in the wild, so flooding or waterlogged conditions won’t do it any harm. It grows best in a moist, fertile soil or shallow water. It’s best to plant it in shade if the soil isn’t boggy, but it produces more flowers if grown in full sun. It’s striking appearance with its 15cm (6in) long, brilliant white spade and yellow spikes in the centre will amaze you in spring and summer. The female flowers produce green berries, turning orange when mature. To heighten the effect of this amazing plant, divide it in spring to increase its numbers.