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Talkback: 10 plants for bog gardens

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 20:06
The Gunnera can be huge, try Gunnera magellanica instead it is the smallest and is hardy in North Dorset, Ferns, hostas and sedges also do well as do all Iris Sibirica and Iris Ensata which are no way as thuggish as Iris pseudacorus which will go on a takeover bid. If your bog garden is large you can also try Darmera Peltata but this can also be quite thuggish. Other plants that are not so thuggish are Lobelia like Ligularia Queen Victoria, Trollius and a huge variety of primula.


Posted: 09/05/2015 at 11:25

Native blue bells only have flowers on one side and slightly hang down whereas spanish ones have flowers all around the stem and stand upright so it is very easy to tell them apart. If you are ever in North Dorset do visit Duncliffe woods as they have millions of native bluebells and when in full flower they look amazing. 

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Posted: 09/05/2015 at 10:12

It sounds like I grow anything which is easy to dig up and not let anything set seed. My mother bought a new house in North Dorset and the the council had insisted the the developer put and enormous amount of native hedging in the garden. The hedging not only went around the whole property but also completely covered the front garden and was about 30' across and impossible to cut, as nobody could reach across it and as it was up a 3' bank a tractor could not cut it either. My mother was told that she had to replace any hedge plant that died with the same hedge plant. Luckily we found that the council could only insist with this for 5 years, so we have now thinned the hedge so that it is possible to cut it. So perhaps this 5 year rule will apply to me as well.  

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Posted: 09/05/2015 at 09:48

DorsetUk I have no idea why a London council is insisting that I do this in a private garden.

Nutcutlet ragged robin is pretty but can be a thug if it is happy and so can Fritillaria meleagris as were I live in Dorset at the moment it is now in among all  the daffodils even though the pheasants eat them. Both are however very pretty and I am happy to let them seed around as my garden is large where as the one in London is formal and easy maintenance.

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Posted: 08/05/2015 at 14:56

Are crocus and cyclamen native?

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Posted: 08/05/2015 at 14:54

Thank you Dovefromabove, as I have a pond I can include Sagittaria sagittifolia and Menyanthes trifoliata and Invicta2 tank you for your suggestion as I have now found out that Trollius europaeus is native and can go in the bog garden. I probably can add a few single snowdrops as they are easy to split as well. I think all the rest on the list are pretty much thugs in the right location. I went to a grade 1 listed garden at the weekend which had enormous amounts of wild garlic which is a thug and the whole place smelt of strong garlic, a place I will not be visiting again.

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Posted: 08/05/2015 at 14:42

I have found both sweet and dog violets can go mad. I like the idea of a hawthorn except that its flowers, berries and leaves will all fall in my pond. I am not sure Trollius is a native plant but I will check. 

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Posted: 08/05/2015 at 14:36

To nutcutlet

Soil is neutral to acid London clay. I am only one road up about 300m from the river Thames. Camellias grow well in the soil. Rainfall average and temperatures are normally quite high and frost and snow are quite rare as London is warmer due to pollution I suspect.

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Posted: 08/05/2015 at 11:39

I am having a new house built as my current one has so much structural damage due to a previous owner taking out the main structural beam which we have only just found out about 10 years after we bought the house. I have got planning permission for the new house but the council has insisted that I include a percentage of native plants in the garden. I don't mind digitalis purpurea  and primulas but most others like bluebells, lily of the valley, iris pseudacorus etc are absolute thugs and the garden is quite small, only about 20m square. I cannot put a native tree like ash or oak in it. Please can anyone suggest other non take over garden native plants.


Posted: 18/04/2015 at 15:24

Check to see if the soil is acidic, alkaline or neutral, before you go shopping for plants as some are very fussy  about the conditions they like. As its in sun there is a huge choice of perennials which will like this. I would not go just for perennials though as a lot die down in the winter. So add a few low growing shrubs or ones that can be clipped like box, daphne, sarcococca, euonymus, hellebores etc for winter interest and don't forget the spring flowering bulbs. Try looking at the RHS website or crocus website for ideas. Crocus also have ready made border designs which you may like.

http://www.rhs.org.uk and http://www.crocus.co.uk


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