Make a Splash with Water and Bog Plants

Water gardens add interest to your yard , and bog plants can turn some of your most problematic moisture-attracting areas into a design asset. Choose from these gorgeous water and bog plants.

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Astilbe

The pink haze of the 'Willie Buchanan' astilbe, shown here, attracts beneficial insects from mid-to-late summer, when its tiny white flowers open to show their red stamens. To make a bolder statement, go with 'Fanal,' whose feathery plumes of long-lasting, crimson flowers first appear in early summer. If you're looking to fill even more space, consider 'Professor van der Wielen,' which produces large, arching sprays of delicate creamy-white flowers, to 4 feet tall to 3 feet wide. Astilbes do well in bog environments, such as pond or path edges, with partial sun.

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