Bog Plants

Bog plants grow in the moist environment that surrounds your pond.

Adding texture and visual interest as well as natural elements to the pond, there are several varieties from which to choose.

Among them are the cattail, bulrush, and flag (iris).

Having a bog garden is great place for the dragonfly and damsel fly larvae to emerge.

Grown in partial shade, the Japanese Iris is a wonderful example that not only is beneficial but offers a striking contrast to the various green tones of the surrounding plants.

Its flower is a beautiful deep blue.

All of the plants are perennial, some grown for the leaf system, but best grown in pots to limit spread.

The plants can be invasive.

Grow in full sun, except for the Japanese Iris, fertilize for lush growth, or if you have fish, the byproduct, which is fish waste will feed the plant.

Use good quality top soil, not subsoil because the pot will float otherwise, pinch off the leaves for better appearance.

If you place a potted plant in the middle of your pond, it will provide a dramatic showpiece, giving the pond foliage and seasonal color year after year.

Plant in very large containers to allow for spreading and more flowering.

Do not plant different plants in the same container for they will compete due to their unique root structures.

You can also set the plants in pockets at the edge of the pond instead of constructing shelves.

When planting a bog plant, first make sure that you are not planting critters with it.

Place the plant in a tub with some bleach in the water to kill anything that may have established a habitat in the plant.

As your particular season draws to an end, the leaves will die off at faster rates than what the plant produces.

Eventually the plants will become thinner until there is not much left of the plant.

Keeping a plant or two will benefit you and your pond both esthetically andecologically because you can enjoy the beauty and nature will take care of much of the plant.