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Plants for around Ponds.

Postby Mosquito » Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:50 pm

I have just put in a pond & am wondering what sort of plants would be suited to grow around it.
We are planning on fish in the near future but want plants to be settled in before we do that.
Can you give me some idea's please on what would be suitable.
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Re: Plants for around Ponds.

Postby Longy » Sat Jun 21, 2008 9:08 am

Hey Mozzie,
Do you mean the plants in the water or on the edges?
If in the water, what depth is it?
Out of the water, are you looking at potted plants or planting in the soil? Is the soil any good?
Is there a bog area?
How big is the pond?
Do you have any photos?
Lots of questions but it might help clarify what you need to do.
(I find it humorous that someone called mozzie is enquiring about a pond.)
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Re: Plants for around Ponds.

Postby Pam » Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:35 am

Longy wrote:(I find it humorous that someone called mozzie is enquiring about a pond.)


Sick! :lol: :lol: It so happens mozzies like ponds! :lol:
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Re: Plants for around Ponds.

Postby daffy » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:49 pm

This site may help.http://www.greengold.com.au/greengold/C ... plants.htm
Water iris-ensata or louisianna and water hawthorn for colour.
If you want fish make sure they've got cover and oxyginating plants.
Never believe anyone who says your proposed garden is too big!!!

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Re: Plants for around Ponds.

Postby Mosquito » Sat Jun 21, 2008 6:48 pm

Do you mean the plants in the water or on the edges? Around the edges mainly but inside would be good too.If in the water, what depth is it? Um at a rough guess say 70cm at its deepest and it has various depths in some areas due to ledges.Out of the water, are you looking at potted plants or planting in the soil? Planting in soil. Is the soil any good? Yep,good stuff it is.
Is there a bog area? No,but may consider it depending how you do that.How big is the pond? Roughly 150cm x 100cm.


Thanks for that link too Daffy. :D
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Re: Plants for around Ponds.

Postby The Estate » Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:34 pm

water iris 's' would be nice :P
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Re: Plants for around Ponds.

Postby Longy » Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:48 am

One of the first things to consider is the overflow of the pond in wet weather and whether or not it can flow into natural watercourses. If it can, some plants have weed potential and so should be avaoided.
Waterlillies planted in pots and set in the pond work well.
Maybe a water cover like nardoo or duckweed. Fish will keep the weed in check.
Around the pond, you need to create shade. If it is in full sun all day it will increase evaporation and also heat the water to an unnatural temp causing all sorts of probs.So a few mini palms, crotons, maybe cordylines etc on the western side might be a good idea. Below these pretty much any hardy "indoor plants" may work. Provided you don't get frosts. I take it you're looking to create a tropical effect. Try some bromeliads in the shade.
Grasses look good around ponds and don't create debris to foul the water. Maybe some dianellas to mask the edges and create a border.
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Re: Plants for around Ponds.

Postby karyn » Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:22 am

I have heard that duckweed is a pest as it clings to the feathers of birds visiting your pond and then they take it away to other watercourses. My experience of it is that if it grows too fast, I just feed it to the chooks. My ponds are too small to have ducks visiting them :( I bought my pond plants at a native plant nursery, but I don't know what types they are. Most nurseries have a small area of pond plants, like a half wine barrel. I know i have planted various rushes around it, but I can't remember the names except for knobbly/knobby club rush and long leaved tassel rush. I'm at work so can't check (and i have a cold so I'm brain dead too).
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Re: Plants for around Ponds.

Postby Mosquito » Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:39 am

Again Wow,guys what I always love about this forum is Im always guarenteed of answers to my questions.
Thanks again.You have given me a great start to check up on.
Hi Karyn-Hope you get better,colds aint they the pits.
And a :P to you to The Estate. :wink:
Now I know where Im staying for my gardening queries.
Hey Longy,may a thousand mosquitos invest your body for that humor of yours! :lol: :wink: (Y)
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