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Damp Areas Beside Water – Bog Plants

Damp Areas Beside Water – Bog Plants
Bog plants can be trees, shrubs or herbaceous plants but what they all have in common is that they are best suited to damp, wet and usually shady situations or beside water. They should not however be confused with pond plants which are typically grown actually in the water itself. Herbaceous bog plants tend to be clump forming and the majority die down completely in the winter.
This is our favourite selection, full plant list can be found by using the a-z on the right hand menu or using the keyword search top right, if you need something specific.

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ACANTHUS mollis

ACANTHUS mollis

Bear's breeches, Brank ursine
Tall spikes of white flowers suffused purple, deeply lobed leaves
AMELANCHIER

AMELANCHIER

Juneberry, Service berry, Shadbush
All Flower MAR-APR
ASTELIA nervosa 'Westland'

ASTELIA nervosa 'Westland'

Silvery bronze arching leaves that turn red in colder conditions. Frost hardy but prefers damp areas
ASTILBE

ASTILBE

False goatsbeard
All are suitable for growing in wet or boggy areas. All flower JUL-SEPT
BAMBOO

BAMBOO


BETULA pendula

BETULA pendula

Common silver birch, Lady of the woods

CALTHA palustris

CALTHA palustris

Kingcup, Marsh marigold, Mollyblobs
Creeping rhizomes and buttercup-yellow flowers. Best grown on the edge of water or in a bog
CORTADERIA

CORTADERIA

Pampas grass, Tussock grass
AUG-NOV
DICKSONIA antarctica
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DICKSONIA antarctica

Man fern, Soft tree fern
This attractive architectural plant thrives in cool moist shaded woodland
GUNNERA manicata

GUNNERA manicata

Chile rhubarb, Giant prickly rhubarb
The more boggy the conditions the larger the giant, umbrella-shaped leaves.
HARDY FERNS Osmunda regalis
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HARDY FERNS Osmunda regalis

Royal fern
sterile green, fertile leaves on tops thickly covered with brown spores
HOUTTUYNIA cordata 'Chameleon'

HOUTTUYNIA cordata 'Chameleon'

Multicoloured variegated heart-shaped leaves, white tangerine scented flowers. Prefers moist soil or a boggy area
IRIS ensata

IRIS ensata

Japanese water iris
(kaempferi) - Water iris - shades pink-purple
LOBELIA tupa

LOBELIA tupa

Robust upright perennial from Chile with reddish purple stems and orange-red tubular flowers
LYSICHITON americanus

LYSICHITON americanus

Bog arum, Yellow skunk cabbage
Water loving bog plant with large yellow flowers
MECONOPSIS betonicifolia
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MECONOPSIS betonicifolia

Tibetan blue poppy
(Syn. baileyi) - blue Himalayan poppy
METASEQUOIA glyptostroboides

METASEQUOIA glyptostroboides

Dawn redwood, Shui-hsa, Water fir
conical tree with ascending branches and fibrous orange bark which prefers a boggy or wet area. Soft light green leaves especially in spring
PETASITES japonicus

PETASITES japonicus

Giant butterbur
Perennial rhizomatous plant which prefers damp conditions. Dense clusters of yellowish-white flowerheads in FEB-MAR followed by large kidney-shaped leaves growing up to 3 feet high on stalks
PHORMIUM tenax

PHORMIUM tenax

New Zealand flax
Green tall growing
RHEUM palmatum

RHEUM palmatum

Turkey rhubarb
Bog or water loving rhubarb plant with large leaves and plumes of red flowers on tall stems
RODGERSIA

RODGERSIA

All Flower MAY-JUL
SALIX

SALIX

Willow

SAMBUCUS

SAMBUCUS

Elder

SCROPHULARIA auriculata 'Variegata'

SCROPHULARIA auriculata 'Variegata'

Water betony, Water figwort
Large crinkly leaves with broad creamy margins
TAXODIUM distichum
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TAXODIUM distichum

Bald cypress, Deciduous cypress, Swamp cypress
Prefers boggy moist conditions where this conical tree with pale green leaves and splendid rust brown autumn colour will perform to best effect
ZANTEDESCHIA aethiopica

ZANTEDESCHIA aethiopica

Arum lily, Pig lily, Trumpet lily
White flowers. Best grown in a damper boggy area

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