Anyone ever tried growing Hydrangea in their bogs or ponds?

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    I was reading that they love the water (their name is a clue). I have some planted in beds but am considering trying one in one of my bogs. Curious if anyone else has tried with success?
     
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    Most people do not have wetland filters large enough to handle shrubbery. The root structure alone would likely cause problems. The question needs be should not could.
     
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    We want... a shrubbery!
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    Having spent many hours with a hose, trying to prevent hydrangeas from turning into prunes both at the garden center and at home, I think you may be on to something! They DO need more H2o than any other garden plant I can think of (bad memory!) so they may adapt quite well to a bog situation. As Meyer pointed out, they are shrubs, and can develop rather large root systems. Try planting one in a large pot, preferably a heavy plastic one, with many small holes drilled in it. That way the whole unit can be pulled out yearly for root pruning.
    Now that you've got me thinking, I may just try that! We get a fair number of returns every year from people who thought they could just stick these plants in the garden and forget about them. These returns are usually discarded, but I just MIGHT be able to liberate one or two for some scientific experimentation!
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    I was hoping someone would catch the reference! I mean everybody needs a good Shrubber.
     
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    @pecan , I've removed a hydrangea from my garden - the root structure was outrageous. Took me hours to remove it. As Harao said, planting it in a large pot in your bog is a good idea.
     
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    They are super easy to propagate - just bend a low branch to the ground, cover it with dirt and you'll start a new one. Which is another reason I would be careful where I planted them!
     
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    Very good thoughts and thank you! I have not had a lot of experience with them, as I've only had them since last spring. I know there are dwarf versions as well which may be a better option for bog, in a pot planting.
     
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    Hi did anyone tried Hydrangea in their bog filters?
     
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    Hi did you ever tried hydrangea in your bog filter?
     
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    No I did not. Thought the roots may be too big for my small bogs. If I eventually make a bigger bog I might.
     
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    There are some new dwarf varieties of hydrangeas - we planted one this year that is supposed to stay 3 feet by 3 feet. We'll see! They are simply one of my favorites to grow - even if I do have to baby them along until they get established! There is nothing prettier than a hydrangea full of blooms!
     
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    Clethra alnifolia is my favorite plant, also a water loving bush, deciduous at that. I have a small clone I will be trying in the bog, maybe in a large lily basket. I guess one bonus with the hydrangea is you'll know if your pH changes ;D
     
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    Is it like a Pink Diamond? I have 3 of those in tree form, it's the only Hydrangea I like
     
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    I had no idea what plant it was so I googled! It reminds me of a "Butterfly Bush"!
    Very nice! Let us know how it handles the bog
     
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    The variety I have is Sixteen Candles Summersweet. It is a native species to this area. I'll put a small one in but if let go it would probably take over. It needs lots of water but I never water it enough. When it's in bloom there are so many bees and wasps I've never seen. They all seem very docile while visiting and I can get very close without worry, if I brush one it'll just move.
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