The Bog Garden
The Bog Garden is located in the lowest lying part of the Garden. Here we grow plants that require damper conditions to thrive.
This area of the Garden is managed less intensively, which provides a more naturalistic feel to the planting. A mixture of exotic and native species are grown. The native bog bean, Menyanthes trifoliata, can be seen growing in the water, whereas the large leaves of Gunnera manicata from Brazil dominate the central island.
The majority of the plants are early flowering, so this area is at its most colourful in late spring with the flowering of large stands of Iris sibirica, Darmera peltata and the native Caltha palustris (marsh marigold). Further interest is provided by the bold foliage of a number of marginal plants including Rheum, Rodgersia, Ligularia and Hosta species and cultivars.
The inclusion of a pond in the Garden not only increases the diversity of plants that can be grown, but also increases the diversity of fauna on site. Dragon flies and newts can be seen, as can nesting moorhens and coots.