Decorative bog can become an original garden decoration. It is easy to arrange it not only on an area located in a lowland, where groundwater is high most of the year, but also in a dry place. The natural bog usually dries up in the summer, and the artificial one is decorative all season, it does not depend on natural sources or the level of groundwater in any way.
The main advantage of such a reservoir is that its care is minimal. The carnivorous plants planted here look unusual, creating a special mood in the garden, harmony characteristic of wild nature.
Stages of creating a decorative bog
To make the bog garden look as natural as possible, then it should be arranged in the lowest place of the territory.
The main task when creating a decorative swamp is to make a reservoir in which water will be retained and the soil will be constantly moist. Some gardeners make a bog garden next to a pond or rearrange it from an existing pond. The soil should be fertile enough for moisture-loving plants to grow luxuriantly.
To do this, you need to perform the following stages of work:
- Dig a shallow pit (about 35-40 cm) of the desired shape;
- Pour a pillow of sand with a layer of 5 cm;
- Cover the pit with a pond tape;
- Make several holes with a diameter of about 1 cm in a tape;
- Pour a drainage layer of well-washed gravel or pebbles about 10 cm deep;
- On top of the drainage, fill in a soil mixture for planting plants from equal parts of clay and peat;
- Decorate the edges with stones;
- Pour water, wait until a constant level is established;
- Start planting.
Plants for the bog garden
The vast majority of pond plants feel much better in a bog. In a humid atmosphere or shallow water, plants grow and bloom. It is not necessary to plant very rapidly growing plants. It is better to plant them in a container. It will create a wonderful background for the bright marsh plants of the local flora: verbena, European hoof, bathers, forget-me-nots. In the swampy zone, not only swamp plants will feel good, but also those that like high humidity: hydrangeas, irises, hosts, ferns.
Bog garden care
The swamp should be well illuminated by the sun, and the soil should be acidic enough, because bog plants are used to such conditions. If the garden is watered with hard water, the plants will start to get sick, chlorosis of the leaves will appear. The main task is to maintain humidity in the swamp by regularly and abundantly watering it in dry weather.