Arrange your plants on top of the bog before you do anything. If, like me, you originally had your CP's in pots separate the plants carefully and plan a design for your bog. When deciding where your plants should go take several things into consideration. Number one don't put tall pitcher plants (Flava, Leocophylla) in the front of your garden. S. Psitacinna, S. Purpurea, Venus Flytraps, and sundews are all good plants for lining the edge of the bog. Using short plants in the front will bring the audience closer. Also sun will penetrate all around. Try not to crowd your plants as many will grow and multiply over the years.
Depending on the design of your bog, variety is a a good thing or a bad thing. For those of you who just don't care about getting seed from your plants get a variety of plants. Naturally you won't find many varieties of Venus Flytraps but Sarracenia are incredibly diverse with many different species and varieties. By planting many different varieties you will get to see almost the entire spectrum of color. Hybrids provide splashes of color and coupled with (species) native plants they will bloom and send up multiple pitchers throughout the growing season.

However some people are interested in a much more organized approach. Planting just two or three species of pitcher plants can be a beautiful long-term idea. Over the years your plants will intermingle and produce hybrids. This is often seen in the wild. Over the years the two species may become indistinguishable. As you can see above I decided against just a few species and went whole-hog.


Design - Preliminary - Pest Liner - Water Liner - Padding - Fill - Mixing - Planting One - Planting Two - Finished - The Bog: Early Spring 2002 - The Bog: Summer 2002