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natureboy838

Hi all,i'm new to this forum and will start with an immediate problem that some of you may help with.I have an area of my garden that is a peat bog.I know what you are thinking...lucky me but i want to plant some trees,shrubs and wildflowers down there and don't know where to start.I know if i plant this area i will probably damage the peat bog in the long term.Please advise if anybody can.

Thank you.

Bunny ...
You must be in peat area then ? Do you have clay too? We have peat bogs here. We found under our heavy clay we have peat also. Have you had a look around the area as to what is growing there? I'm not expert but can tell you what grows here.
natureboy838

Hi Bunnysgarden,the soil around here is a clay/loam mix.Things that are doing well in the area are oak,beech,willow,poplar and hazel.

Bunny ...
Same as here, also Rowan, ash,hazel, elder, dogwoods, laurels, sambucus nigra, kerria, hellebore , potentilla, geranium, oriental poppies, ferns, heavenly blue, lupins, rudbeckia , honeysuckle, clematis Montana and nelly mosa , campanula .
They have all done well in mine. I was surprised when I started planted what did do well even those I expected not to. There are plenty other plants out there. Ge your bed border as good as you can then have a go. Good luck.
Bunny ...
Also silver birch and christmas trees loads here (forests)

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Azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, pieris,. Lithodora is a lovely blue flowering mound summer long. And what about ferns? I grow a lovely Japanese painted fern, Ursulas Red, that has silvery leaves with red veins. Perfect for bit of shade. Lovely in front of dwarf pieris
natureboy838

Thank you for your replies.One thing i neglected to mention is that i prefer to garden in a native fashion for the wildlife.So i keep the planting schemes very simple.Sorry about that.A lot of people think i'm boring but i personally feel that the wildlife benefit more.So,any idea's of a native theme would be great.Hope this hasn't put you guy's off!!!

Is this area literally a bog, i.e. water table permanently at surface? 

Bunny ...
The trees I mentioned are planted here by the forestry commission when the firs have been cleared.
natureboy838
Joe_the_Gardener wrote (see)

Is this area literally a bog, i.e. water table permanently at surface? 

 

Joe_the_Gardener wrote (see)

Is this area literally a bog, i.e. water table permanently at surface? 

Hi,the water comes and goes to suit weather condition's.Just beyond the bottom of my garden is a tiny brook so i guess it is part of a water table?? But the answer to your question is,no, the water is not always present.

 

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