GPOD on the Road: The Bog Garden at Hatley Castle



We’re traveling with Cheri Ong today, visiting the Bog Garden through time as well as space. Hatley Castle. This fort is a historic site in Victoria, British Columbia, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Large pond surrounded by plantsAreas around natural lakes and ponds are often excellent places for bog gardens. And if you’re building a pond, a bog area can be added for moisture-loving plants.

Close up of small Japanese primrose flowersJapanese primrose (Primula japonica, zones 4-9) is a classic bog garden lover. It needs consistently moist soil; Given this, it will bloom beautifully and often have a little seed around it.

Close up of small, pale pink umbrella plant flowersumbrella plant (Of mine PeltaZones 5–7) is native to the west coast of North America and has beautiful pink flowers in spring followed by the glossy, umbrella-shaped leaves that give the plant its common name.

Near the big leafI’m not sure what these beautiful large leaves are. If anyone knows, please let us know in the comments!

Close up of pale yellow primrose flowersUnlike Japanese primroses, beautiful miniature primroses such as these (Primula hybrids, zones 3-8) do not demand boggy conditions. However, they prefer soil that does not dry out.

Near Shamrock Ground CoverOxalis Oregano (Zones 7-9) is of the Pacific Northwest. It has beautiful pink or white flowers, but is stunted by silver patterned foliage.

Close up of white rhododendron flowersIt’s hard to beat the flowers of a. Rhododendron.

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