Plant moist plants or muddy bog plants in your 'bog garden'?
Beware - moist plants will not grow in wet soil. Choose the correct option in the 'Soil Conditions' filters in our plant finder search or shop pages.
Plants for moist soil : these require drained, moist soil not wet.
- Moist plants will rot if sat in waterlogged soil in Winter.
- These want a drained, moist situation. ie. Aruncus, Astilbe, Darmera, Eupatorium, Filipendula, Iris sibirica, Ligularia, Lychnis, Candelabra Primula and Succisa species.
Plants for areas with permanently wet mud (waterlogged in winter) :
Definition of wet mud:
If you dig a hole to a spades depth and it fills with water then the plants' roots will be sat in water. The soil is wet/waterlogged.
- There are specific plants that are capable of having their roots in water but their crowns exposed on the mud surface. Anemopsis californica, Caltha, Carex, Eriophorum species, Iris pseudacorus & versicolor, Juncus, Lythrum salicaria, Mentha cervina etc. These are shown on Shelf Pond Plant pages.
- Moist plants or muddy bog plants are available for a shaded site or a sunny one.
We have prepared collections available for each soil condition:
- Both available as British Native only, mainly British Native plants or any plant from our range:
- Moist soil Collection (for moist not waterlogged soil)
- Muddy Bog Collection (for wet, waterlogged mud)
- The RH end of this bog garden is standing water so pond plants grow.
- On the far LH end of this area moist loving plants grow because it is higher and drained.
- Both the 2 types of planting can live side by side.
- Your choice is dictated by the water condition in each planting zone.
Media interest in Bog gardens
- In the Great Garden Revival Thursday 9th January 2014 Charlie Dimmock built a pond with a planted wildlife zone enclosed within the pond water area.
- For this you must fill the planting area with aquatic compost and use plants from the shelf category that will accept their feet and crowns in water
- Joe Swift covered Bog Gardens in the Great Garden Revival of 20th January 2015. He featured plants from both the and plant ranges to provide the right plants for different bog garden areas. Iris ensata and Astilbe species filmed at Marwood Hall are both and will not survive with their crowns or roots in water in Winter.