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Zone 2™ - Bog plants and waterside plants
Zone 2™ is Oz Watergardens' guide to bog plants and waterside plants. They are the marginal plants that grow around the edges of ponds, waterways, lakes and wetlands. Or the bog plants that grow in swampy areas and can tolerate seasonal flooding.
In more natural pond designs, the waterside plants help to stabilise pond edges and create a smoother blend between the pond and the surrounding landscape. Pond edges and liners can also be damaged by other wildlife, particularly the claws of cats and birds. Clumping rushes and sedges can prevent some animals from coming too close, while other waterside plants that grow into dense mats, can blanket the pond edges.
Bog plants and waterside plants are of particular importance in improving water quality through erosion control and also their feeder roots.
Bog plants are also useful in, drainage lines or for erosion control, where you may have excess water run-off.
Many of these plants improve the habitat by attracting wildlife, such as frogs, lizards and birds. Some waterside plants, like rushes and sedges (eg. Common Spike Rush - Eleocharis acuta
), provide nesting materials, some food and others shelter.
Choosing waterside plants and bog plants that match the style of your garden helps to make the whole garden experience all the more enjoyable.