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      Melinda's Garden Moment: Moisture Loving Plants

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      Thelarge bold leaves of the Petasitesgrab your attention. This aggressiveplant can be found growing along streams and even in shallow water and needs tobe contained.

      Ligularia is a moisture-lovingperennial. The bold foliage along withthe yellow summer flowers makes it a great addition.

      Thesame goes for astilbe and goat's beard, small or large. Use all three watersideor in a moist shady spot in your landscape.

      Theseiris, nestled in the edge of the garden, have just finished blooming. Thenative blue flag has broader leaves and the narrow leaved Siberian irisprovides several seasons of interest.

      Thecolorful leaves of the chameleon plant are kept in check by the surroundingconcrete.

      Include a few moisture loving shrubs in larger spaces. Chokeberries (Aronia) provide white flowers in spring, glossy green leaves insummer, red fall color and red or black fruit fall through winter. Elderberries are another good choice. The flowers and edible fruit add color andbird appeal to the landscape. The manynew cultivars like Black Lace with its lacy purple leaves and Aurea with itsyellow foliage provide added beauty.

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