Garden Photo of the Day

GPOD on the Road: Bog Garden at Hatley Castle

Beauties in a wet spot

close up of tiny Japanese primrose flowers

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.

large pond surrounded by plantsThe areas around natural lakes and ponds are often great sites for bog gardens. And if you are building a pond, a bog area can be added for moisture-loving plants.

close up of tiny Japanese primrose flowersJapanese 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.

close up of tiny, light pink umbrella plant flowersThe 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.

close up of large leafI’m not sure what these beautiful huge leaves are. If anyone knows, please tell us in the comments!

close up of light yellow primrose flowersUnlike 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.

close up of shamrock ground coverOxalis oregana (Zones 7–9) is native to the Pacific Northwest. It has pretty pink or white flowers, but the silver-patterned foliage is reason enough to grow it.

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


Have a garden you’d like to share?

Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit!

To submit, send 5-10 photos to [email protected] along with some information about the plants in the pictures and where you took the photos. We’d love to hear where you are located, how long you’ve been gardening, successes you are proud of, failures you learned from, hopes for the future, favorite plants, or funny stories from your garden.

Have a mobile phone? Tag your photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #FineGardening!

Do you receive the GPOD by email yet? Sign up here.

View Comments


  1. ashntulasgarden 01/06/2023

    Looks an awful lot like a rhubarb!

  2. Bergenia 01/06/2023

    I believe it is a gunnera.

  3. User avater
    simplesue 01/06/2023

    That has to be the prettiest, most scenic little lake or pond with all the natural plantings and trees around it! Those leaves that "dianaart" ID'd as Gunnera are amazing!

  4. btucker9675 01/06/2023

    Beautiful place! I wish I could have success with primroses...

  5. JaySifford 01/06/2023

    Just lovely. Any garden with primulas is a garden that I'll love.

Log in or create an account to post a comment.

Related Articles

The Latest