Plants for your pond surround: Sunny & wet
(Editor's Note: This article was originally published on July 18, 2008.)
Plants for a Splashing or Wet environment
The surrounding area around ponds can sometimes be damp because of splashing fountains or waterfalls or simply because the environment is wetter than average.
If this is true in your case, you have to be careful not to plant things that will drown in these conditions. There are plenty of beautiful plants that will survive in moist, full sun growing conditions.
Plants like Brugmansia can be beautiful next to a pond, but tend to drop a lot of leaves so take caution before planting these too close to your water feature.
Groundcovers are an excellent choice to conceal and naturalize the look of rocks around your pond. Most of them can handle full sun and wet conditions; some can even survive once they spread into the pond itself.
Creeping Jenny 'Aurea'
|A classic and interesting plant for the pond surround, Creeping Jenny is a great choice for its color, vigor, and adaptability. It is a very hardy perennial and spreads quickly through rocks and even into the pond. Once a trailer of Creeping Jenny grows roots in the pond, it can be broken off the mother plant and grown exclusively in water.|
Ajuga reptans - Bugleweed
|Bugleweed is a quick spreading ground cover that will fill in crevices and spaces in rocks. A hardy perennial, bugleweed can be invasive. It blooms lovely blue spires in Spring.|
|Lemon Thyme is a taller ground cover, growing to about 5 inches. It has petite variegated leaves with a pleasant scent when touched or broken.|
Scotch Moss forms a low-growing, dense mat of chartreuse foliage that fills in perfectly in between rocks and other plants. Spreads easily but is not invasive and is a hardy perennial.
|Liriope is a beautiful mound-forming grassy ground cover generally used as a border plant or to fill in gaps. It can look beautiful planted close to and in between rocks around the pond. It comes in different sizes as well as a variegated form.|
A word of caution:
For those of you in temperate and warmer climates, plants that like lots of water, when given lots of water, can be VERY invasive. Using many of the plants on this list without keeping them in check can make for a disastrous problem. Please be aware of what can be invasive in your area and act accordingly. Sometimes keeping invasive plants in containers can help, sometimes it won't. Staying informed is your best defense against invasive plants.
Photo credits for all the beautiful pictures:
|Cardinal Flower- Kell||Umbrella Plant-okus||Creeping Jenny-Buffy690|
|Swamp Milkweed-MossRose||Swamp Milkweed-stormyla||Obedient Plant-joesinay|
|Canna-Happenstance||'Black Magic' Taro-mystic||Lemon Thyme-mystic|
|Cardinal Flower-merriego||Chameleon Plant- Rylaff||Liriope-palmbob|
|Ragged Robin-mygardens||Black Gamecock Iris-Wuvie|