Grass/plants for wet area in yard
The first perennial groundcover that springs to mind is Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum'. It tolerates both shade and wet soil. All of the other plants I can come up with for wet shade are taller perennials, not groundcovers. These include Aruncus dioicus, Chelone lyonii, Cimicifuga racemosa, Filipendula, Ligularia, and Rodgersia. You could create a rain garden by intentionally creating a dip and planting these perennials in it. The idea is to give rainwater a place to pool until it can percolate down into the soil profile. Regardless of what you plant, you'll continue to battle poison ivy and slugs. On poison ivy, I like to snip the stems and dab full-strength brush killer onto the cuts. For slugs, you can sprinkle diatomacious earth on the ground around their favorite plants.
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