We’re traveling with Cherry Ong today, going through time as well as in space to visit the bog garden at Hatley Castle. The castle is a historic site in Victoria, British Columbia, surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Japanese primrose (Primula japonica, Zones 4–9) is a classic lover of a bog garden. It needs constantly moist soil; given that, it will bloom beautifully and often seed around a little as well.
The umbrella plant (Darmera peltata, Zones 5–7) is a native of the west coast of North America and has these lovely pink flowers in the spring followed by bold, umbrella-shaped leaves that give the plant its common name.
I’m not sure what these beautiful huge leaves are. If anyone knows, please tell us in the comments!
Unlike the Japanese primroses, lovely little primroses such as this one (Primula hybrid, Zones 3–8) don’t demand bog conditions. They do, however, prefer soil that doesn’t dry out.
It’s hard to beat the flowers of a Rhododendron.
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