Bog garden

Following on from previous blogs about waterlogging and dealing with too moist areas; its time to celebrate these damp and wet areas by creating a bog garden.  Adding a new bog area will increase local ecosystems and biodiversity. Bog gardens are also great for a transitioning from a pond back to a drier part of the garden.

Bog gardens use water loving plants that thrive in wet slow draining conditions. Bog gardens can attract lots of insect’s frogs and toads to your outdoor spaces, providing you with natural pest catchers for the rest of your garden.

Make sure you choose the correct area, slow draining but also sunny.  You may want to start with a small area and do your research on the best plants for your boggy area. Just be sure the area  is not too compacted as all plants need air pockets around their roots. Why not place some stepping stones through the bog garden so that you cannot compact the soil when your gardening. Make sure you get started as now is the time (early autumn) to establish before winter and ready for next spring.

Make sure you get a mixture of plants of varying heights and flowering to provide interest all year round.

Example plants-

Marsh marigold – colourful

Water avens – ground cover

Primula- colourful

Creeping jenny- ground cover

Yellow flag iris – tall

Gunnera Manicata- large leaves

Some bog plants can be large and fast growing so you will need to keep an eye on certain plants. You may need to water your bog garden in a drought.

Celebrate these boggy areas and crate a new exciting area to delight for years to come.

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