A visit with the one and only Cramer at Nelson's Water Gardens in Katy provided the inspiration and encouragement needed to be more adventurous in my choices of plants for the bog. Cramer showed me a planting he'd done in a gravel bog at the nursery, using a variety of bedding plants and perennials, including torenia, scaevola and gomphrena. Incredible as it sounds, he also has an agave that's been growing in that bog for about 3 years. So I wandered the nursery in search of plants that I thought might be able to take the conditions ... when I was done, I had a purple-leafed coleus, a QIS Carmine gomphrena, a White Swan Echinacea, and a scaevola. I also added one true bog plant, Dwarf Acorus.
|I'm mostly happy with the results, although I do need something in|
front of that pipe on the right. I added some smaller Louisiana irises
from my personal plant inventory and left some of the water
purslane already growing in the bog.
|Here's a closer look. The other thing I'd like to camouflage|
is the black pond liner. I wonder if adding some larger river rocks
at the back would interfere with the bog's filtering abilities?
|And because it's so very lovely, here's a closeup of the 'Colorado' water lily, |
a gift from Jackie of Southern Post Journal. Who's that pollinator hanging
out on one petal?