What to Plant Around Your Pond

May 9, 2019

 

We talk a lot about aquatic plants for your pond but don't pay much homage to the plants that frame the pond.  

 

There are so many different planting styles that you can go with when landscaping around your pond...and a million plants to choose from for each style. Personally we prefer to surround our pond with perennials, soft whimsical blooms and low growing plants. Others prefer an evergreen theme full of junipers and arborvitae. Either way a balanced planting contains a variety of shapes, colors, and growing seasons to maximize the beauty of the pond. 

 

Here is a list of plants we love to grow next to ponds no matter the style:

 

1. Spilled Wine Weigela 

 

Why we love it:

  • deer-resistant

  • dwarf variety

  • contrasting burgundy leaves

  • zone 4-8

This Weigela is a favorite of ours and is the focal of any garden. It looks great next to the pond water. While it is deciduous, its small size is great in front of foundation plants such as junipers. 

 

2. Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae

 

Why we love it:

  • Slow growing

  • year round interest

  • small size

  • zone 3-8

A compact sphere arborvitae that has soft whispy foliage resembling a false cypress. It's a great update of the traditional boxwood and get a beautiful reddish tip in the fall. A great foundation plant!

 

3. Coreopsis

 

Why we love it:

  • Wide color options

  • blooms summer through fall

  • breezy movement

  • Perennial 

  • Zone 5-8

Our favorite is Lil' Bang Coreopsis but there are so many choices of bloom color for this small but "pack a punch" perennial. No one can resist the blooms on this plant and it does great in the summer heat. 

 

4. Compact Andorra Juniper

 

 

Why we love it:

  • Compact form

  • winter bronze foliage

  • vigorous grower

  • urban, deer, and salt tolerant

  • Zone 4-9

A great ground cover grower that is a great helper when naturalizing pond edges. Add this beside those large outcropping rocks and soon your visitors will think your pond has been there for decades. 

 

5. Drift Rose

 

Why we love it:

  • low growing

  • blooms spring until frost

  • winter hardy

  • disease resistant

  • zone 4-10

Even evergreen landscapes can benefit from a little color. this low growing ground cover adds a pop without taking center stage. Our favorite is  the Pink or Coral Drift (r)  Rose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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