Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) survives in soggy soil and partial shade, but will grow more robustly in damp soil and full sun. (Photo by Walter Gardens Inc.)

16 plants for soggy soil

Stephen Westcott-Gratton

Don’t let soggy soil bog you down — these 16 perennials don’t mind wet feet and provide a steady succession of blooms as well as attractive foliage.

Late-blooming monkshood (Photo by Brendan Adam-Zwelling)

Monkshood, always a late surprise

Judith Adam

A clump of fall-blooming azure ‘Arendsii’ monkshood is in full flower, and looking like several frosty nights have only spurred it on.

Long-blooming pale corydalis. (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

Monkshood and corydalis still blooming

Judith Adam

Two perennials are carrying on like this is the moment they’ve been waiting for: the azure monkshood (sometimes known as wolfsbane) and the yellow fumewort, Corydalis lutea, and its cousin, C. ochroleuca, the white and yellow fumewort.