Soggy Shade Garden

The north side of our house is in partial shade, visible from the street, has a peach and plum tree (seven feet from fence), and is a soggy mess in the summer from the neighbors sprinkler run off. My DH no longer wishes to mow there due to the water; he requests I plant something there. (zone 5/6) Do I need to create a raised bed and if so how much soil do I add? Will that take care of the extra water or will I be looking for plants which enjoy wet feet?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

You can take either of the approaches that you're suggesting. The simpler solution would be to grow plants adapted to shade and wet soil. Hostas and sedges would adapt well to this situation, and come in a variety of sizes, textures and colors. You could also create a raised bed or berm of soil to lift the root zones of plants in those areas out of the constantly wet soil. The deeper the raised bed or berm the better, but a minimum of 6 to 12 inches in depth is needed to keep the roots out of the excessively wet zone.


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