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pond planting

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Jan25-Mar-06 11:18 AM EST 5a   
Rita25-Mar-06 08:17 PM EST 5b   
Nancy04-Apr-06 05:34 PM EST 5   
Cathy04-Apr-06 07:45 PM EST 4b   

Subject: pond planting
From: Jan
Zone: 5a
Date: 25-Mar-06 11:18 AM EST

We built a large (3000gal/level), 2 tiered pond last summer and this is my year to plant it. It is at the edege of a wooded area so gets only a.m. sun and soil is very sandy. I'm looking for suggestions for planting the area around the pond, as well as suggestions for in the pond - these being easy care, winter hardy, and not to invasive. Thanks

Subject: RE: pond planting
From: Rita (
Zone: 5b
Date: 25-Mar-06 08:17 PM EST

Congratulations! I have a pond that I built two summers ago(12'x14'x4'deep)and it's a wonderful addition to any garden.Being near a wooded area I would keep the plants very natural, nothing too exotic.Ferns grasses hosta etc. always lend themselves well, since you aren't getting a lot of sun .In the pond it is a different matter. You don't mention the depth, this is important because if you want to over winter your pond plants they must be lowered to the deepest part so that they will not freeze.Water lillies (as long as they are not tropicals),arrowheads, and lotus all do very well in our area.There are many good websites.An excellent book is New Illustrated guide to Gardening in Canada, my personal bible. Good luck.. keeep us posted.

Subject: RE: pond planting
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 04-Apr-06 05:34 PM EST

There are a wealth of marginals you could try, like blue and yellow flag iris(Iris versicolor or I. pseudocorus), marsh marigolds(Calthus), Joe Pyeweed (Eupatorium purpurea), boneset (E. perfolium), Culver's root (Veronicatrum). Pickerelweed likes about 6" of water. For damp shady areas, try cardinal flower, blue lobelia (Lobelia cardinalis or L. syphilitica), Snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum), Turtlehead (Chelone).

As you will want to ensure the pond has good surface coverage to prevent algae growth (~75% coverage is recommended), you might want to get duckweed growing as a surface plant that will keep coming back every year. I have a small pond that I use non-native water lettuce and water hyacinth in, but that can get expensive for a large pond as you will not be able to overwinter them.

Have fun!!

Subject: RE: pond planting
From: Cathy
Zone: 4b
Date: 04-Apr-06 07:45 PM EST

My 10 by 18 foot, 4 foot deep pond is mostly shady. We have had good luck with Corkscrew rush, approximately 6" under water on a ledge, and Water mint, which grows anywhere in the pond, spreading rapidly. Both have overwintered well at the bottom of the pond covered in ice for 6 months. I live in southern Ontario. Hope this helps.

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