planting suggestions around water feature?

debbie_z2August 12, 2008

well...after busting our butts in 30+ heat last friday, I am now the proud "owner" of a pondless waterfall:) Still need loads of topsoil brought in to finish off the bottom "backside" between the boulders, but in the meantime, I have some major planting to do around the actual falls. (ouch $$$)

I'm looking for idea's and suggestions for a few certain area's. I have sibes & daylilies to move there right away, but what would you all suggest for planting right next to the waterfall vault to "hide" it...something that obviously drapes, doesn't get too large and will be hardy at that height.

We built it with the falls splitting into two streams, which made an "island" that can be planted with something that will sprawl in an aprox 3' x 4' area and will crawl between the rocks and drape into the streams and not get much height at all, otherwise it will hide the falls behind it.

Also...any other plant/shrub ideas greatly appreciated as I'm off to buy this week, due to it needing to be planted quickly with mulch to prevent the dirt eroding away.

Will be aprox 3 tiers with the bottom boulders around the 3000lb size so need to balance something to them.

Was thinking artic blue fox willow, dogwoods, ninebarks, and not sure if a weeping larch or russian cypress would work well at the back falling over the large boulders.

any pictures would be greatly appreciated of any pond plantings!



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I like to see ornamental grass around water features. Karl Forester gets large and looks great. I also have a meadow rue I like around mine. These are a bit smaller than what you are considering but may work as some "fill".

    Bookmark   August 13, 2008 at 6:29AM
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watercress grows great near moving water

i take the seeds and insert them into a small piece of those fiber rooting blocks then stuff them into roles in the rocks on my waterfall to help hide defects

it'll form a nice mat near the edge of the water and help keep the soil intact

    Bookmark   August 14, 2008 at 12:26AM
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thank you both for great suggestions! I have some grasses, but meadow rue is a good idea.
I really like the idea of how easy watercress will work too...sounds perfect for nooks and crannys
where did you buy your seed from?
thanks again

    Bookmark   August 14, 2008 at 9:50PM
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Turtlehead, ligularia or goatsbeard are other choices for around a water feature.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2008 at 8:09PM
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I had both Turtlehead and Ligularia in my hands, but decided not to get them for now (although I love ligularia)...did pick up Goatsbeard and hopefully it will do alright considering it is more a shade plant and my planting areas around the waterfall is full sun. I tried to put it more behind a big boulder and where the moisture would stay more consistent. Guess next year will tell how well it does:)
Does anyone grow either Goatsbeard or Ligularia in full sun?

I hate to say this, but after the past two weeks of moving things around, digging, planting...I'm getting mighty sick of gardening! LOLS
I just keep reminding myself, that it will all be worth it next year. (I hope!)

    Bookmark   August 21, 2008 at 11:06PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

One of my ligularias is in pretty much full sun and is doing not too badly. The area it's in faces east so it gets afternoon shade, but it's also dry, and it tends to wilt more than the heliopsis beside it. This is the first year blooming for all my ligularias and i really like them. The ones in the shade really brighten up the area!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2008 at 8:41AM
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Although my goatsbeard and ligularia are both in a shady position I understand that they will do fine in a sunny spot as long as the soil remains moist. Othello ligularia or one similar would probably be a better choice than the Rocket, I think. The Rocket tends to wilt even in the shade on a warm sunny day!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2008 at 9:36PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

I did notice my shade ligularias wilting yesterday, but we've had some rain to perk it up. :)

    Bookmark   August 23, 2008 at 9:50AM
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