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EDP Norfolk - - Gardening -

We live near the Broads and in win­ter much of our gar­den can get wa­ter­logged. Can you sug­gest any plants which will tol­er­ate th­ese con­di­tions? If you have a high wa­ter ta­ble and your soil re­mains damp in the sum­mer, mois­ture-lov­ing peren­ni­als such as Iris lae­vi­gata and sibir­ica would grow well as would Astilbe, Actea and Zant­edeschia aethiopica. Suit­able shrubs in­clude Hy­drangea pan­ic­u­lata, Physo­car­pus, sam­bu­cus and Cor­nus alba. An at­trac­tive small tree worth try­ing is Al­nus gluti­nosa im­per­alis - with its deep cut leaves in sum­mer and catkins in win­ter it has a long pe­riod of in­ter­est.

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