9 Cool Plants For Wet Soil

Weeping Willow

An icon of the American South, the weeping willow thrives in wet soils but requires ample space to grow. With graceful, weeping branches and slender leaves that sway in the wind, this tree adds elegance to any landscape.

River Birch ‘Heritage’

Ideal for poorly drained areas in full sun, the river birch is native to the Mississippi River flood plain. This tree grows throughout the Southeast and is resistant to diseases and pests like the bronze birch borer.

Swamp Azalea

Native to the U.S. east coast from Maine to South Carolina, the swamp azalea thrives in swamps, wetlands, and along streams. This plant is perfect for shadier spots, attracting hummingbirds, bumblebees, and butterflies with its fragrant summer blooms.

Swamp Rosemallow

Gardeners who love the tropical look of hibiscus but don’t live in the tropics will appreciate the swamp rosemallow. Blooming profusely in full sun and boggy conditions, this plant features big, bold flowers in various colors and thrives near ponds, streams, and swamps.


Named for its white plumes of flowers, goatsbeard is a popular choice for rain and water gardens. This plant attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies, requires low maintenance, and is resistant to diseases and pests, making it an excellent addition to any garden.

Pussy Willow

Prized for floral design, pussy willow is a heavy drinker, great for soaking up moisture in poorly drained areas. It’s one of the earliest spring bloomers, with fluffy catkins resembling tiny cat paws.

Horsetail Rush

Known as scouring rush, horsetail is a bold, statement-making plant ideal for gardens. With tall, green reeds that spread quickly, it thrives in standing water and boggy conditions.

Corkscrew Rush

Corkscrew rush features green, waxy stems that spiral in all directions, adding playful energy to gardens. It thrives in water gardens, handles standing water, and can even be kept as a houseplant with enough sunlight.

Fiber Optic Grass

Resembling the color-changing fiber optic lamps of the 90s, this plant splays out in tufts with thin stems topped with tiny flowers. Technically a sedge, it thrives in full sun and wet soil, making it perfect for ponds and water gardens.