Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bog Garden Native Plants

There are many gardeners that are starting to create a water garden or bog garden but are unsure of what bog plants to get. Here are a few inspirations to use as plants for a bog garden. These bog plants are lovers of water, whether it’s standing water or just heavy rain areas. For a bog garden, they are sure fire winners in the plant industry. Keep in mind that all of these are native plants, and therefore may not be easy to find in traditional nurseries.

Yellow Pitcherplant
The Yellow Pitcherplant (Sarracenia flava) is a bright yellow plant that will get to two feet tall. There are green leaves, trumpet shaped, and a hood above the “pitcher” of the plant. These are full sun plants that will bloom from April to May in the south, a bit later in other parts of the United States. These are rare plants, but gorgeous and stand out in any bog garden.

Copper Iris
The Copper Iris (Iris fulva) is a flower that will get up to four feet high while in full sun or partial shade. There are many colors that the copper iris can be, mainly orange, gold, yellow, bronze, or a rose color. This is good in standing water so it makes for a good water garden or bog garden inclusion. Blooms will occur in mid season of Spring.

Hooded Pitcherplant
The Hooded Pitcherplant (Sarracenia minor) gets to two feet in height and will have yellow flowers and white spots on the pitcher. It is a good plant for a bog garden and will bloom in the early or mid part of Spring. It, like all the Sarracenias, is a rare plant.

Pine Lily
The Pine Lily (Lilium catesbaei) is a member of the Lily family. It reaches a mature height of two feet tall and thrives in sun or partial shade. There are red flowers on this bog plant anywhere from late fall to the winter months. It is one of the later blooming native plants that can go into a bog or water garden.

Purple Pitcherplant
The Purple Pitcherplant (Sarracenia purpurea) will get approximately one to two feet tall and thrives in full sun or partial shade. There are dark purple or yellowish green leaves, and pink or red flowers on this variant. The blooms occur around mid year and are approximately two inches in diameter. The standing water of a bog garden will not harm these plants, in fact they prefer very moist soils.


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