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Moist & Bog plants

Moist loving and bog garden plants for damp and wet areas around the pond

There is a difference in the amount of moisture that varieties of plants in this category will accept. Moist loving plants marked <p>Suitable for moist soil (damp but drained)</p> will not tolerate the crown of the plant being wet or with standing water around the plants' roots in Winter.

Bog plants marked <p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p> are happy in waterlogged soil or wet mud. This includes pond plants marked <p>Suitable for shelf depth 0-13cm (0-5”) below water surface</p>  and plants capable of having their crown at frost level and their roots in wet mud.

Some species in each category will enjoy sun while others will be happy in shade. These plants are already rooted in the pot size specified and able to be planted immediately into your moist/damp garden area or wet bog garden.

For more choice in selecting the correct plants for your conditions use the Advanced Search option.

You may want to prepare an area especially for moist plants around your pond. For more information, take a look at Build a Damp Area on our Tips and advice page. This will allow you to create a wildlife haven for the shelter and protection of creatures as they return to or leave the pond. It can also give you a colourful flowering or foliage backdrop to the water area.

If you have design ideas that involve the damp stream edge of a natural water course, you will need to check how much of the area floods regularily in Winter. If it floods in Winter, it is classed as wet mud. The area above the flood line which is still damp but not waterlogged is classed as moist. This should enable you to plant with the 'right plant in the right place'.

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