Plants around a pond advice


Do any of you have any ideas for a low growing ground cover plant located around a pond?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,731

    We'll need a bit more information - is the soil damp and boggy or is this a dry area?

    How much sun/shade does the area get?  

    What else do you have growing there?

    And is your soil acid or alkaline?

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 5,100

    Hi Martin

    Assuming the soil around your pond is damp and has reasonable light, I would consider geum rivale and oriental primula hybrids [both short] or for something a bit taller how about astilbes, lythrum and rodgersia

    I wanted your soft verges 
    But you gave me the hard shoulder..

  • Partial shade, moist. a large variety of plants already there. Bergenia, mimulus, monarda etc. Slightly limey soil but has been enriched with topsoil

    Thanks for the advice Nigel

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,290

    How about Ajuga/Bugle-? low growing, will spread fairly quickly, lovely flowers in the Spring which insects love and think it will generally grow any where

  • I've got some lovely lime green frilly heuchera I use to edge my pond. Mine's called 'Key Lime Pie'. 'Lime Rickey' is good too. Foliage stays on all year and trails slightly into the water, hiding the edge of my liner, and both above will stay vibrant lime in partial shade rather than going yellow. I have it with bergenia and polemonium in conditions much like yours and it does beautifully. xx 

  • pam3482pam3482 Posts: 8

    Reading all these posts with interest as I've just made a new pond in my garden. I've edged it with rockery stone and pebbles and would like to put plants between the stones to cover the liner. How do I prevent soil falling into the pond or is this not too much of a problem?


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    You don't want too much soil ending up in the pond as it contains a lot of nutrients which encourages algal growth. Is it a wildlife pond Pam? If so, normally you would have a slope, or beached edge, of gravel so that creatures can get in and out safely. The gravel then blends into the planting areas and soil doesn't really get washed in much because of the gradient.

    If you just have an edging of rocks etc, you can use a strip of  landscape fabric as a barrier between your planted areas and the rocks which will prevent the soil slipping in. The plants will cover it or you can use some smaller rocks and stones to disguise it. image

    I created a small pond last year. The first pic shows the little barrier I have between the planting area and the little pool which now has some marginals. I used some heavy duty plastic over a few rocks :

    This is the same area planted up and top dressed with gravel to hide any bits of plastic etc :

     The plants are all quite mature now 


  • pam3482pam3482 Posts: 8

    I have a gravel beach where the lawn meets the pond but the other side has rocks to the edge. I intended to make the pond do the water came up under the rocks and plant marginals in aquatic soil between the rocks but it hasn't quite worked. Like your idea of using landscape fabric to hold soil. Do you think landscape membrane would be ok?

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Yes- I used that in a former pond to do the same job, and the little pool in that first pic has landscape fabric lining the rocks as there's some aquatic soil in with the water for the marginals  image

  • pam3482pam3482 Posts: 8

    I take it the plants outside the pond are planted in ordinary soil?


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Sorry Pam - I had to go back to work after that last post! Yes the plants on the right hand side are just the soil that was there with a bit of compost added. The 'blob' on the far right is actually a tree stump which was impossible to get out so we organised the pond round it. The soil is clay but I added plenty of grit to bed and there's a fair mix of plants. This pic shows the Irises just after I put them in (Chrysographes) with the tree stump in front of them, and there's a Libertia, a Phormium and a Clematis Niobe which is flowering it's head off just now.


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,136

    plants near ponds??? HOSTAS.image

  • pam3482pam3482 Posts: 8

    Thanks for that Fairygirl. It's given me some ideas of how to finish my pond.





  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,136

    I spy hostas , well done Pam.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Struggling for room in my teeny weeny fairy sized pond plot Hosta image

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,136

    there are some tiny hostas fairygirl. Look at H.  mouse ears. There's a whole group of "mouse ears"

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Unfortunately, I don't have time or energy to slug and snail hunt Hosta, and they're horrific here with all the wet weather we get. I do have a few hostas that I rescued here when I moved in, desperate to be moved from under the huge conifer at the back of the garden. I might manage to squeeze one into the shadiest end.... image

  • pam3482pam3482 Posts: 8

    Also struggling with slugs here. Hoping pond will supply frogs to help control them! 

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