If you’ve got an area in your garden that’s particularly soggy and you’re not sure quite what to do with it, we’ve got you covered!

You’ll find all sorts of creatures will find their way to your yard – bees and butterflies, frogs and snakes, and dragonflies and hummingbirds too!

If you visit us at the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s head office in Ottawa, you’d be able to visit our bog bed. Today we’re sharing eight of our favourite plants that can thrive in this moisture-loving spot!

Marsh Marigold (aka Cowslip)
Bloom time: Spring
Height: 20-60 centimetres
Flower colour: Yellow
Attracts: Bees, butterflies and flies. Some water birds and mammals eat the seeds.

Blue Flag Iris (aka American Fleur-de-lis)
Bloom time: Spring, summer
Height: 60- 90 centimetres
Flower colour: Blue, purple
Attracts: Hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and moths

Bloom time: Spring, summer
Height: 1.2 metres
Flower colour: White
Attracts: Bees, flies and butterflies

Swamp Milkweed (aka Red Milkweed)
Bloom time: Summer
Height: 60-120 centimetres
Flower colour: Pink
Attracts: Bees, hummingbirds, flies, wasps, beetles, moths and butterflies like the Monarch Butterfly which lays eggs on the plant and also uses the plant’s nectar. The seeds’ silky and fluffy parts are used by birds for nesting and winter roosting spots.

Great Blue Lobelia
Bloom time: Summer, fall
Height: 30-90 centimetres
Flower colour: Blue
Attracts: Bees, hummingbirds and butterflies

Spotted Jewelweed (aka Spotted Touch Me Not)
Bloom time: Summer, fall
Height : 60-150 centimetres
Flower colour: Orange
Attracts: Hummingbirds, grasshoppers, bees, butterflies, beetles, flies, wasps and a few birds like grouse that eat the seeds

Spotted Joe-pye Weed
Bloom time: Summer, fall
Height: 1.2 – 1.8 metres
Flower colour: Pink
Attracts: Bees, butterflies, moths and some birds that eat the seeds

Culver’s Root (aka Bowman’s Root)
Bloom time: Summer, fall
Height: 90-180 centimetres
Flower colour: White
Attracts: Butterflies, bees, wasps, flies and moths