AL 16 Road Detail.
Magical mother nature:
Need ideas for your next garden endeavor? Go wild. Another gem of a wet roadside meadow, with Verbena hastata, Solidagos (mainly canadensis variants, rugosa and also lance leaf goldenrod), Eupatorium perfoliatum (white boneset), and Impatiens capensis (jewel weed/Touch me not) as the dominant features; also Joe Pye Weed and Juncus effusus (soft rush), minor knot weeds, brown cattail reeds, and even a few swamp asters (Aster puniceus). It would take several walks through this sometimes soggy wetland to identify all the grasses and plants. Also noticed, Nodding Bur Marigold (Bidens cernua) a compact sunflower relative whose flowers face one direction like sunflowers, and sow thistle.
The rushes, reeds and grasses, even the annual jewel weed act as a matrix in which drifts of large scale late flowering perennials alternate. Many contemporary large scale habitat and sustainable gardens are based upon this model.
Although they thrive in wet soil, most of the dominant plants will also thrive in rich moist garden soil. Swampland not required.