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I have some lilies, what water pond doesn't have those?
But I was wondering about other plants, along the edge either on the bank side or in the edge of the water. I was thinking cannas but I think those don't grow in water or is there a different kind? I bought some parrot feathr and then soeone told me they don't make the winter :( I thought those would be hardy. Tried duck week which I just love the look of, but my goldies at that right down like salad lol
My local nursery had creeping penny (sp?) and I thought that was kind of nice.
Actually I have grown cannas in water. If you let them start to leaf out first, then you won't have a problem. I learned by accident after order a whole bunch of rhizomes and never getting around to planting them. I just had them in a bucket, which filled with water after the rain (and then a few tadpoles) and bam...cannas...SO I stuck them in half cement blocks (which is what I plant everything in my pond in) with no soil, only gravel and larger rounded black river stones on the top to the koi can't pick through, and they do very well along the plant shelves. I have also done elephant ears and umbrella palm that way. I saw one person who had a rock edge, tuck hosta in the cracks of her boulders where the roots would get a little wet, and the grew and grew.
I think you mean creeping jenny. I had that growing in a container in the water fall several years ago. It did very well. grew and hung down over the falls. I would think you could put it in the margins.
i have the most fragrant canna! they bloom in the evening and the fragrance is most strong then. by the next day it just has that normal canna smell. my friend that gave it to me does not believe me! haha! i think that's because canna are not supposed to be fragrant.
i can pass on a few starts if some ppl want to try them out. you pay usps priorty shipping charges. just dmail me.
Hostas will do great tucked into rock crevices like MM said. I have had hosta come back through the winter for 2 years now, pretty cool! I'm zone 5ish-6 so they would work for you Frilly. Japanese Rush 'Ogon' also does pretty well for me in the bog part of my pond. And that one's pretty easy to come by- I saw it at HD the other day.
Creeping Jenny will grow great next to the pond, and once it grows into the pond and makes some "water roots" (not a technical term lol) you can break it off and grow it elsewhere in the pond. Ajuga does the same thing - looks great trailing into the pond.
I was worried about it too because my pond is in full on full day sun - so I put a hosta division in I could stand to lose...so far after 2 years of the experiment I haven't seen any sun scalding or wilt from the sun. I have it tucked pretty good into rocks so I think it shades it a little bit - but it definitely gets a lot of sun all day long.
I am in zone 5 and I have many different colors of the water iris, water forget me not and in the picture I have attached, I have a hardy hibiscus that blooms in August. Next to it in this picture is water celery, which you can see the white Queen Anne's Lace like flowers that it gets. I have also put in recently Cardinal Flower, another hibiscus, Blue Lobelia, Bog Bean and the Marsh Marigold is nice too.
I also have the Creeping Jenny that Art-N-The-Garden is talking about. It is nice because it spread so well and had these nice yellow flowers in early Summer.
Last year, I put in 2 different type of Arrowheads and they both came back this year. Acorus is nice also as well as Zebra Rush.
We have had the Pickerel Weed growing and I just love that. I have the kind with the blue flower - you can get them with white flowers and recently I saw one for sale that was supposed to have Pink Flowers - this one was not if flower when I saw it.
There are a multitude of plants in our zone that you can use.
yes, mine are in a couple of inches of water. My shelves are filled with pea gravel and I plant my plants directly into the pea gravel.
I bought a red one recently, so I am hoping that one will add as much as the pink one adds. It did take the hibiscus a couple of years to flower, but each year, the stem got bigger and stronger so I don't know if they have to be a certain size or age. I don't fertilize these plants in the shelves, but I probably should.
this is a kopper king hibiscus. Will it grow w/o soil? I think they get pretty large root systems, so I don't see how I could pot that.
well anyway, it was on the compost pile, and dh set it on fire, and I grabbed it out before it got too bad, now I don't know what to do with it though?
In the past I've planted plants that really shouldn't be in water. It's traditionally too hot in Central Florida for hosta, so I grow it in water only, in vases with tadpoles out on my back deck in the full sun. Seems to work like a charm! Experiment and see what works, it's amazing what you'll come up with. "Most" plants that already have their leaves, will take to accepting water much more than if you just try to plant roots or tubers.
I have creeping jenny growing in pea gravel in my pond - you can see it on the far right in this picture.. The creeping jenny does tend to get a bit brown after it has been in the direct sun for a while. I would think the way you have the creeping jenny, that it will stay nice and moist and eventually cascade down the sides of your pot and look really pretty.
will bamboo live in a pond? I really really really want some of this very tall bamboo that is sort of a yellowish color on the stalks? I have been told that it is highly invasive, the local store has some but it says only hardy to 40F. A woman up the road from me has some that appears the same thing? but she says it comes back every year and will spread. I don't want anything invasive in my yard, but I wondered if I potted it in a large tub and put drain holes in the bottom, could I set it IN the pond?
Some hosta tolerate more sun than other so you need to find out which varieties will work best. Yellowish or chartreuse varieties seem more able to withstand sun than greens or blues. I only have a few hosta since moving to TX as the sun, heat and dryness are too much for them. I keep a couple in the only part of my yard that retains a little water and gets only morning sun. I am working on putting in a pond and now after reading this might include some hosta depending on the ponds final layout.
BTW pics on here have inspired me to get started on this pond, finally!
I want to plant red clematis on the bed trellis. The gravel in the pic gets dumped right there in the front.
Still don't have any electric hooked up yet. Should I use a solar light around the pond, or an electric?
I don't want to run anything that will raise my bill alot, but the power lighting I think would be stronger?
Looks so good Frilly! I love how open and large it is. I wish I had room like that. I can only imagine how much work it's been.
I found a new plant I've never seen around a pond (seen the plant, but didn't realize it was pond-worthy) - bloody dock. It seems like some places it is invasive, but I'm thinking in a pot or in a cold enough zone, it would be great around the pond. I just put one in the ground on the edge of my pond...shall see how it goes! http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/96266/
I have a parrots feather and it doesn't seem to have much growth on it. It did at first, but now it doesn't. It seems to have sank into the water, I thought they were supposed to float. I didn't pot it, just tossed it in on top of the water. Is it dying?
I tried to get a pic, but it wouldn't show up.
We have Parrot's Feather in our pond too. Very sparse, but it is actually an annual in our area and has wintered over for a few years. Maybe because I float a pond heater in the water each fall.
We have a corkscrew rush and some reeds. I also have what I think is called an 'acoris'. It has long strappy leaves like an Iris but they are variegated dark green and yellow.
We also have some beautiful dark purple Japanese Iris. I discovered that any Iris can be acclimated to live in water or back again in soil. Probably because they like their corms near the surface - not planted deeply.
Oh, and 3 water lillies of course. A peach one, a pink one and a dwarf pink one.
We stopped putting in water hyacinths a few years ago. They are just too prolific and cover the entire surface of our ponds by July.
I have a short variegated bamboo type of grass - that is perennial here, if I can find more info on it Ill pass it along but I dont know if I have ever had a tag for it.
My favorite perennial in my water garden has to be the Thalia - http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1005/ but it seems it is only perennial to zone 6 or so... but you never know. The leaves are pale blue green and the flower stalks are sooo tall.