You can put any plant around your pond, but try to keep in mind how the plants will look all year long. Mixing in plants that will provide fall and winter interest will increase the longevity of beauty around your pond. You also have to contemplate which plants will behave themselves next to your beloved pond. You don't want plants that drop too many leaves or buds, which could clog your filter and muck up your water. You also don't want plants that have voracious roots which could puncture your liner or crowd out other plants.
If you have a sunny pond surround with a wetter environment, you might try this article for some different suggestions.
Daylilies are a perfect plant for around your pond. The best part is that they add foliage interest even when they are not blooming. Since Daylilies come in a smorgasbord of colors, your choices are endless.
ColumbinePerennialColumbines can be a perfect plant around the pond because of their delicate stems and root systems. They like full to partial sun and come in an assortment of colors and color combinations. Even without blooms, they have beautiful lobed lush foliage once established. If you never thought about using Columbines around a pond, give it another thought.
Gaillardias, or Blanketflowers, are drought tolerant and hardy perennials. Lots of new cultivars make Blanketflower an excellent addition to a dry spot around your pond.
Creeping PhloxPerennial Creeping Phlox comes in many different bloom shades, but always makes a big impact. The blooms cover the foliage so densely it will look they you painted your pond surround in color.
Meadow SagePerennial Sages and Salvias do well around ponds. They draw bees and butterflies and provide effortless color. They are drought tolerant and seem to bloom endlessly.
Kangaroo PawAnnual Kangaroo Paw is a great choice to add some interest around your pond. Its strange blooms come in a wide range of colors and the foliage is thick and strappy to add another interesting texture.
LychnisPerennialLychnis, also known as Catchfly, is a hardy perennial known for its pink spires of blooms. It is an early- to mid-Spring bloomer and has compact, grassy foliage. Lychnis would look great tucked in next to a brightly colored ground cover such as Creeping Jenny or Scotch moss.
Bee balmPerennial Bee Balm, or Horsemint is great for a larger section around your pond. The plants can grow up to 4' in every direction. They are invaluable in a bee or butterfly garden and to boot make a great addition to a pond-side cup of tea.
Verbena is usually a low growing, prolific bloomer that comes in many colors from bold violet to apricot. For easy color that doesn't block the view of your pond, Verbena is a great choice.
This under-appreciated annual blooms deep, vivid violet all summer long above velvety dark green leaves. It can grow up to 2' tall and provides a distinct vanilla-like scent. Heliotrope would look great paired with an orange Blanketflower or bright pink Windflower.
Grasses can also be a great addition to the area around your pond. People seem to either love the look of grass or hate it. Grass may not be the focal point or your favorite showpiece in the garden, but it can add such a dimension of texture it's worth a second look. Grasses are usually drought tolerant and love heat, so they are perfect for a dry area around your pond. If you can find a grass native to your area, it may be completely maintenance free and draw more wildlife to your water feature. Great grasses for your pond include:Zebra Grass PerennialRuby Grass Tender Perennial/Annual
Any plant that you put around your pond should compliment both the plants within in your pond, in the rest of your garden, and each other. Be creative and experiment with the plants you use for your sunny, dry pond surround!
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