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sandyvsandyv Posts: 113
We've made a rigid liner pond, now nicely stocked with water plants. Suggestions please for plants to grow around the outside that will spread to help cover the edges. The soil around the pond tends to be dry, *definitely* not bog garden material.


  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,591
    Will leave plant suggestions to others.

    I trust you have  made provision for a shallow, beach  area to allow hedgehogs to escape from deeper water and escape from your rigid liner.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,959
    Take a look at alpine -type plants if it's dry. Things like alpine phlox etc will be fine, although they won't like touching the water. Aubretia and many Saxifrages would also be ok. Ajuga will also thrive, and won't mind the water at all. 
    You could use some of the daisy plants - Leucanthemums come in all sizes, and will also benefit bees and other insects. They'll give some height. Veronicas too. They'll both need enough sun to do well.   You could also try ferns - many are happy with dry conditions,
    Hardy geraniums will be fine, and won't mind touching water now and again. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,819
    We moved our rigid pond down to our allotment in March, and we are trying to do the same thing.  We have used these plants;

    Sedum Dragons Blood
    Arabis coburgii
    Delosperma cooperii/lavender ice
    Sedum pluricaule
    Sedum oreganum
    Gypsophila repens rosea
    Ajuga reptans (we've since taken this out, as it prefers moist soil, and is a thug)

    It's still a work in progress, but you most of the liner should be covered by the Autumn

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,933
    I also have a fibreglass w/l pond.
    I have dwarf Greek oregano that pops up all over my garden, so I lifted a few and planted them around the pond (bottom of pic) they're now covered in pink flowers and bees, and the lip of the pond is fully covered. They spread and self seed easily, and smell great

    On the other side I planted creeping thyme Jekka that looked really good last year, I don't know why, but almost all of it died over last winter :(
    Fortunately the fibre optic grass has done a good job of covering the lip on that side

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • sandyvsandyv Posts: 113
    Thanks all for your suggestions, good ideas for creeping plants. 
    Silver Surfer, we have built an escape ramp for any creature that gets in, sadly here on the edge of the cotswolds I haven't seen or heard sign of a hedgehog for years. Roadkill numbers generally are a good indication of the density of a population, but I haven't even seen a dead hedgehog around here :-(
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,959
    It's always worth having areas where small birds and insects can drink and bathe, so a shallow area created from rocks etc, built up at the edge, is a good idea. 
    It depends what room you have around the pond too. Ideally, you would have an area of denser, bigger planting that wildlife can escape into from the pond edges. Nearby cover is important for them.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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