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Hardy Orchids, Bog Orchids, Arethusa, Calopogon, Platantherea, Pogonia, Spiranthes

Pretty Hardy Orchids for the Bog Garden

Stars of the bog garden, there are quite a few species of hardy terrestrial orchids that can turn a slow-draining, waterlogged spot into a beautiful attraction. With hardiness zones ranging from zone 3 through 9, they add an unexpected touch of exoticism in the landscape.

Water Iris, Iris ensata, Japanese Iris, Iris sibirica, Siberian Iris, Louisiana Iris, Iris laevigata, Iris fulva, Iris pseudoacorus, Iris versicolor, Blue Flag Iris, Iris Virginica, Iris brevicaulis

Irises for the Water Garden

Blooming from late spring to mid summer, depending upon cultivar and geographic location, water irises make an attractive backdrop for any pond thanks to their architectural foliage and colorful flowers in shade of white, blue, purple, lavender, red or yellow.

Water Garden Plants, Floating Plants, Submerged Aquatic Plants, Water Lilies, Lotus, Marginal Aquatics, Water Irises. Pond Plants, Aquatic Plants

Water Garden Plants

When creating a water garden you must consider the needs of the plants you will use, the chemistry of the water and the requirements of other living creatures (fish, frogs and others). Not all aquatic plants are alike. There are 5 main groups of plants. Here is a simplified list to help you create a beautiful water garden.

Bog Garden Plants, Bog Plants, Bog Perennials, Bog Shrubs, Bog Grasses, Carnivorous Plants, Marginal Aquatic Plants, Emergent Plants

Bog Garden Plants

Creating a bog garden is a terrific project that allows you to turn a slow-draining, waterlogged spot into a beautiful attraction, discover exciting plant species and attract wildlife to your garden. There are many beautiful plants that will thrive in the moist environment provided by bog gardens. Here are excellent choices for a bog garden.

Bog Garden Plants, Bog Plants, Bog Perennials, Japanese Irises, Siberian Irises, Water Irises, Primroses, Astilbes, Leopard Plants, Monkey Flowers

Bog Garden Plants: Colorful Perennials

There are many beautiful perennial plants that will thrive in the moist environment provided by bog gardens. Here are excellent choices that will turn a slow-draining, waterlogged spot into a beautiful attraction.

Bog Garden Plants, Bog Plants, Bog Ferns, Chain Fern, Cinnamon Fern, Eastern Marsh Fern, Interrupted Fern, Lady Fern, Ostrich Fern,  Royal Fern, Sensitive Fern, Southern Wood Fern

Bog Garden Plants: Graceful Ferns

There are many beautiful ferns that will thrive in the moist environment provided by bog gardens. Here are excellent choices that will turn a slow-draining, waterlogged spot into a beautiful attraction.

Bog Garden Plants, Bog Plants, Bog Grasses, Sweet Flag, Bushy Bluestem, Blue-Joint Grass, Sedges, Papyrus, Horsetail, Rushes, Ribbon Grass

Bog Garden Plants: Elegant Grasses

There are many wonderful grasses that will thrive in the moist environment provided by bog gardens. Here are excellent choices that will turn a slow-draining, waterlogged spot into a beautiful attraction.

Bog Garden Plants, Bog Plants, Bog Shrubs,  Button Bush, Cranberry, Dog Hobble, Great Laurel, Highbush Blueberry, Leatherleaf, Scarlet Willow, Sheep Laurel, Swamp Rose,  Tatarian Dogwood, Winterberry

Bog Garden Plants: Great Looking Shrubs

There are many fantastic shrubs that will thrive in the moist environment provided by bog gardens. Here are excellent choices that will turn a slow-draining, waterlogged spot into a beautiful attraction.

Iris ensata (Japanese Iris)

Native to Japan, Japanese Irises (Iris ensata) are among the most elegant and breathtaking Irises. More refined and less conspicuous than the Tall Bearded Irises, these Beardless Irises feature huge orchid-like flowers that are a delight to gaze at.

Sarracenia (Pitcher Plants)

Spectacular and fascinating, Sarracenia (Pitcher Plants) is a genus of carnivorous plants, including 15 species and subspecies found naturally in North America. Most species inhabit very wet peaty bogs or swamps in the southeastern United States. Cultivated by gardeners and carnivorous plant enthusiasts, Sarracenia are easy to grow and make a terrific addition in neutral to acidic bog gardens or water gardens.

Iris sibirica (Siberian Iris)

Siberian Irises are terrific herbaceous perennials, rich with many qualities: fabulous looking, long display season, easy to grow, low maintenance and trouble free! Their exquisite flowers come in an array of gorgeous blue, purple, red-violet or yellow with newer cultivars in brown and orange shades, and can have a variety of forms from upright to flat and round. After blooming, their grass-like foliage of upright, blade-shaped leaves, is also one of their most attractive garden features as it remains fresh-looking all season.

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