Plant inspiration / ideas please
Hello. I'd appreciate some inspiration about this pond waterfall. The top level leaks so isn't used. I've thought of trying to repair but then came up with the idea of planting in it instead. Something trailing to soften it up a bit. Usual plants I go to are informal cottage garden style, but I'm not sure that trailing pelargonium etc would look good in this situation.
I'd also like to plant something around the sides of the bottom cascade pool to disguise the boxiness. Although the planting area is by the pond it isn't boggy as its elevated.
Any ideas of words of wisdom greatly appreciated.
Hi Logan - it clearly wasn't designed as a wildlife pond but creatures can get in and out via marginal plants at the other end of the pond. Not style of pond I would choose but nice to have water for now (and lots of newts, dragon flies and other critters) so wouldn't like to dig it up. Needs filtering as there are fish in it, and this somewhere to go and is currently underneath the waterfall. So it is staying. I'm just trying to look for a relatively quick fixing up really.
If you want to keep it for now and like informal, cottage garden plants, then I think hardy geraniums might do the trick. Try lower growing, spreading ones for the top box (raise the soil level first) and some of the rather taller ones for the beds beside the lower part. They grow fast and will splay out to cover some of the stonework and disguise the boxiness. As they have the same type of flower they will blend together nicely and you can continue your cottagey planting in the rest of the bed. Some, like macrorrhizum, even keep a few leaves over winter.
That's a great idea, thanks Buttercup
If you wanted something to cascade over the top you could plant aubretia or delosperma.