Plants for pond edge
We made a pond last Autumn, and it is still a work in progress:
I've got some plants in the beds next to the pond, and the trellis will hopefully be covered in the future with a jasmine and honeysuckle. I want to get the pond edges planted up too so that it provides more cover for the birds and wildlife.
There is an area behind the hibernaculum and fence (top right of photo 1, bottom right of photo 2) where I'd quite like to have something like ferns along the back, but am unsure which types would be best for a wildlife pond - assuming they are beneficial? We've got some logs so I thought it'd be nice to pile some logs there and then have some ferns growing.
At the front of the pond we're going to allow the grass to grow up to the rocks, possibly with some crevice plants too. To the right of the pebble beach we've got a vinca minor planted, which I'm hoping will give some cover leading up to the beach. To the left of the pond there's a cotoneaster planted, and behind and to the right (photo 2) there's a dogwood.
The area between the fence and back of the pond, to the left of the calluna, I'd like to plant with some low/non maintenance plants as it's difficult to reach. I did plant another vinca minor there but I'm not sure if it's doing so well at the moment.
Then there's the remaining area around the hibernaculum/mini rockery which needs some more plants added. It's hard to plant there because of minimum soil depth so would crevice plants be the best option?
So, if anyone has any advice for good ferns, pond edge plants, crevice plants etc it'd be much appreciated. Preferably all beneficial for wildlife.