What can I plant?

Asked April 24, 2016, 5:42 PM EDT

I have a corner garden that has a feature spot where yellow Astor disease took my coneflowers two years ago and last year, a fungal disease took my newly planted lilies. The corner garden is in a wet-ish spot in the yard, but other things do grow well there such as Monarda, perennial geraniums, dianthus, iris and sedum. Any clues what I can plant in this focal spot in my garden? I was thinking roses? Would like a pink color. Thanks so much!!

Washington County Minnesota landscape plants

1 Response

Hi, and thanks for contacting Aae

This spot sounds too wet for roses, but there are some flowering plants that do prefer these conditions. You haven't said if this spot is in the sun, shade or in between, and that has a bearing on recommendations we could make.

The first thing that comes to my mind is Chelone, or Turtlehead, a late summer pink bloomer. Also Eupatorium, or Joe Pye weed.

Here are a couple of links that can help you:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/flowers/perennials-for-moist-soils/
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/landscaping/best-plants-for-tough-sites/

Good luck!