How to plant an area with moist plants or muddy plants

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Plant moist plants or muddy bog plants in your 'bog garden'?

Choose to plant either <p>Suitable for moist soil (damp but drained)</p> moist plants or muddy plants  <p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p>  in your prepared 'bog garden area' dependent on how wet you expect it to be.

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 <p>Suitable for moist soil (damp but drained)</p> : 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)  <p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p>:

  • 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:

  • The RH end of this bog garden is standing water so  <p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p>  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 <p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p> 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 <p>Suitable for moist soil (damp but drained)</p> and <p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p> plant ranges to provide the right plants for different bog garden areas. Iris ensata and Astilbe species filmed at Marwood Hall are both <p>Suitable for moist soil (damp but drained)</p> and will not survive with their crowns or roots in water in Winter.