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Bog garden

Habitat

It is well worth considering creating a boggy area as a feature in your wildlife garden. It can form part of your wildlife pond, but doesn’t have to be – any permanently damp area will suffice.

There are plenty of beautiful plants that do not do well in open water, but thrive in a bog garden, eg purple loosestrife, marsh marigold and water mint.

Make the most of your garden

  • Create a reasonably large wetland – otherwise, it could dry out too quickly.
  • Make a bog garden in much the same way as you would a pond, but much shallower. Puncture the liner to allow some drainage.
  • Consider a bog garden instead of a pond if you are concerned about the safety of young children. You will still be helping local wildlife!    

Ponds and wetlands created together attract more wildlife than each habitat on its own.