To conserve and nurture the best within myself
and the best in my community
Upcoming Event for May 2013
National Garden Clubs, Inc. 84th Annual Convention
May 24 - 26, 2013
1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
My Container Bog Garden
In the Spring of 2010, I purchased some pitcher plants and started a small bog garden. A 24" by 4" clay- colored plastic saucer was placed in my front garden area . . . positioned in full sun. To this was added a 50/50 mixture of river sand and sphagnum peat.
I planted Sarracenia leucophylla 'Tarnok' - a red variety of our native pitcher plant, a Drosera sun dew, and some native sedum. After watering in with pond water, a few rounded stones were added.
Over the summer, the Drosera died out,
but a small frog took up residence.
Last spring there were some weeds taking over, so I decided to repot the saucer. By August the pitcher plants were taller than ever (24") and the sedum was happy.
The children next door love to pick the spent leaves (pitchers) and see what insects are inside.
This has truly been a low maintenance garden: no
fertilizer - the insects are the food; minimal watering
except in long dry spells (a water-tight container);
and it provides interest. These are tough plants.
When purchasing native plants, always make
sure they have been harvested responsibly.
For more information, see the following sources:
Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens by Gil Nelson
Complete Guide to Water Gardens by Kathleen Fisher
Wildflowers by William Cullina
What is it?
Give up! See answer on
Mystery plants are
Cumming Garden Club members
and presented to
CGC Master Gardeners
Photographed by Nancy Mitchell
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The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Georgia Perimeter College Botanical Garden
Elachee Nature Center
Georgia State Parks
Click on the links below to view informative gardening websites:
Fine Gardening Magazine
Georgia Gardening Magazine