Bog Gardens

Thu, 2019-04-04 07:50 -- gsparrow
4 Apr
Peter Zale
Lilium catesbaei

THE USE OF bog gardens to create novel habitats that support an incredible array of otherwise difficult to grow species is nothing new
to NARGS members. This style was championed by some of the great members in the history of NARGS. In his
Orchids of the Western Great Lakes Region, Fred Case wrote about bog gardens and sand-peat beds as a primary means of cultivating otherwise finicky native orchids, carnivorous plants, and their associates found in the bogs of the U.S. Midwest and Coastal Plain. The recommendations given by Case in his book are still relevant and viable today. However, it is time to put a new lens on this style of gardening, not only to reexamine the range of plants that grow in these conditions but also increase understanding of the role this type of garden can play in the modern constructed landscape. Not only do bog gardens serve as a means of beautifying traditional rock gardens and enhancing plant collections, but they can also play a role in safeguarding rare plants and conserving the flora and fauna of globally rare ecosystems.

 

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Submitted by Vojt on

You are growing Asclepias humistrata outdoors in zone 6?  I have one in a container, but I've not been able to get them to survive outdoors here in Columbus. I've also been planting them in sandy pockets in my hot and somewhat dry gravel garden, so perhaps my error is too hot and dry?

Nice article.

Tim