Plants that can be placed around rocks

gilley111July 7, 2014

Hi all!

I am looking for plants that can be wedged between rocks around my pond. VirginiaWhine asks about stonecrop what others can be utilized?

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Are you looking for plants that will grow on the water side of the rocks or the land side?

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 7:30AM
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We grow taro, umbrella palm, yellow flag iris, purple iris, in between the rocks
on our rock shelves...
The yellow flag and purple iris are winter hardy here on LI.

The taro and umbrella palm we take in for the winter and store in the basement.

There a variety of other plants that can grow with wet feet as well, such
as impatience (sp?) and forget me nots...I remember doing mint as well.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 8:23AM
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Thank for the input! Rocks I am speaking of are above the water both waterside and not.
Cliff_and_Joann where on the Island are you? I am in Oyster Bay

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 12:11PM
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We're in Suffolk county, town of Smithtown.

I thought you meant that the plants would be in the water?
Do you mean in the water or out of the water?

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 2:29PM
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Cliff and Joan,

I am asking about both. Plants in rocks some are above water some are in water.
Thanks for your interest.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 6:59PM
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Ok then, what I've given you can grow in the water, both in pots and
bare root in between the rocks. Above the water, anything goes. I love
vinca vine planted pondside. It cascades over the rocks and it's a perennial.
It comes back in early Spring on the Island, as well as Purple Palace.
They're both invasive (I love invasive plants) and spread and be divided
Another thing we do is plant in big pots that are buried at pond level.
We have Lotus and cat tails planted in buried pots pondside....they look like they're in the pond but they're not.

Is your pond new?

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 8:26PM
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Stonecrops are all nice, as are creeping Jenny and Charlie. They are favorites because they are reliable growers and come back every year. I love coneflowers and Black-eyed Susans outside the pond. Hostas are nice, too - they will grow at the pond edge as well as in water. Shallow streams and waterfalls are good spots for hostas, especially if it's shady. Impatiens - I love those in the pond. I plant them in my waterfall every year and in my floating planters. Most ground cover type plants do well at the edge of the pond - C&J mentioned vinca vine, which I also have - and they help to soften the edges between the rocks and the area surrounding the pond, making it look more natural. Rushes or reeds, cattails, lilies or irises... the choices are endless!

Check out some of C&Js videos for ideas - they have a beautifully planted pond and gardens!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 9:33PM
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Thanks for the suggestions! Yes, my pond will be a year old Sept 1. How did you guess ;0)

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 9:49PM
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I am in zone 7b but a good deal south of you. My favorite pond plant held between rocks is 'sweet flag'. It can be difficult to remove if left too long but it multiplies very well for good or ill. It is about a foot tall sword like light green leaves in large clumps.
I also use impatiens, hosta and taro in pots in water . The impatiens and hosta can also root between rocks.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 9:26AM
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Just a wild guess; usually when people come here to ask questions
about pond plants, or fish or water problems etc...they're most certainly
new ponders... Because after the first year, we all become experts on pond keeping :) ...and freely dole out advise, some good, some bad.
I am guilty as well, as I only really know my pond operations and often it
doesn't apply to other ponds.
Advising people on pond keeping is not an easy task,
as each backyard pond conditions are unique. What works for one, doesn't mean it's
a fix for everyone. But, as long as you keep a sense of humor, read everything
and only take the advise that you think applies to your particular situation, it'll work out.

Just think, same time next year, you'll be an expert too... :)

All joking aside, tell us about your new pond.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 9:58AM
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My stone crop isndoimg well, a week into the planting as is my creeping jenny. I also used old faithful sweet potato vine.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 8:48AM
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Thanks all. Over the weekend I will put a picture or two up of my pond. Open for any and all suggestions!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 9:44PM
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Yes, good idea...pic's always help.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 6:25AM
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Here is a picture of my pond. I am open to any and all suggestions. I have about 12 trapdoor snails and umpteen baby goldfish. There are about 10 feeder goldfish hence the umpteen babies.
Thanks in advance. I am going to hospital tomorrow so I I don't respond please excuse me.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 3:27PM
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Lovely pond. My only suggestion is to plant some low growing shrubs
around the outside of the pond next to the rocks. Look for rock garden
type shrubs that spread and stay low.
Also plant vinca vine, it spreads
and multiplies quickly and cascades over the rocks. Another good plant is purple palace, it's partially
evergreen and easily divided. I also love hostas and fern around a pond.
In between the rocks around the perimeter can also
benefit from some annuals, such as begonias, impatience, geraniums,
and wave petunia to name a few.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 6:59AM
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edited to remove double post.

This post was edited by cliff_and_joann on Mon, Jul 14, 14 at 7:24

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 7:00AM
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Your pond is beautiful! All great suggestions from C&J. I would also consider planting around the edges of your waterfall. A few cascading and/or flowering plants can help soften the look of the rocks and naturalize the look of your waterfall. An easy (and cheap) choice is watercress. Just buy a bunch from your local produce department (with or without roots - doesn't matter) and tuck it in around your rocks. You'll have beautiful green (and edible!) watercress flowing down your waterfall in no time! And we were amazed to find that the watercress came back this year. After a winter with temps well below zero (in fact well below 20 below zero!) we did not expect that!

Impatiens are also beautiful planted in a waterfall - just knock the dirt off and put them between the rocks where they will have contact with the water and watch them grow.

Hope your hospital stay is short and uneventful!

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 11:21AM
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I second the wish that your hospital stay is a brief one.

our pond has a rocked shelf as well as rocks around the edges.
We filled in all around the pond perimeter with perennials and in between
some annuals. Then more rocks around the edges of the plant beds.
I'll enclose two recent pix for you.
As I stated before, another thing I love around a pond
is English ivy. It's very invasive; does not share space well with other plants and flowers, so you have to
keep it under control. (it's growing up the stand that holds the sun dial)
The vinca vine is invasive as well, but shares space
well with other plants and flowers. We also have forget-me-nots that spread like crazy.
I agree with Lisa to adorn the waterfall with more plants, flowers and rocks.
Our main water wall we don't use often, I prefer several small water falls
around the pond instead of a big roaring waterfall. However, we do use the main waterfall on occasion.
We have five waterfalls
around our pond, in addition to the big main waterfall. We just build up a few rocks on the edge and use a small pump that we buy at
harbor freight for 12 to 15 dollars; run a line and we
have an instant mini waterfall and the fish love it. These pumps are rated
at 260 GPH ... We have about 5 or 6 of these pumps,

Here is a pic of the plantings around our pond. We plant close and tight,
as it eliminates the need to weed -- as there is not enough room for weeds to grow. :)

This pic is from a couple of weeks ago. Notice the lotus coming up
next to the dock. That lotus is in a five gallon bucket buried in the ground
outside the pond. It is surrounded by ivy and ground covers. It a good solution for large type plants that you do not necessarily want in your pond.
We have planted Taro and umbrella palm planted the same way.
In back of the lotus is lovely Japanese iris ( that's a land plant) After the beautiful bloom, you're left with beautiful lush green foliage for the rest
of the season. In back of the Japanese iris plants is tall cat tails -- again
this is planted in a five gallon bucket buried in the ground.
Our main objective was to make a pond that looks natural and not have
the typical 'rock necklace' look that many backyard ponds have.
One way to achieve this is to do heavy planting all around. (in my opinion,
others may feel otherwise)

Tap or click on the photo to make it larger.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 11:13AM
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This is from mid May this year. There is vinca vine, purple palace
and live forever plants. These are all perennial and divide easily.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 11:41AM
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Just wanted to second lisak1's post about watercress. She didn't specifically mention that watercress roots appreciate flowing water, hence its placement in the mini stream. Potato Vine will also work the same way, or it can be in still water edge on on land too.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 10:24AM
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I also love red Japanese maples pondside,. In the front of the pond
concentrate on low growing plants and flowers, in the back you can
put the taller plants and mini-trees. We also have a Harry Lauder
walking stick tree on the back side of the pond, it is unique and beautiful.

Another great shrub(for the back of the pond) is a current greens
up early in the spring and attracts many birds for the berries.

I forgot to mention Live-forevers they divide easily, pop up early,and are
a lush plant. We have lots of them.

The object is to plant all these perennials, so that in early Spring your pond
looks good ... green and lush and this takes place in only a few days...from
blah winter brown, to lush green in a matter of days. ,

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 10:38AM
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Thanks for your well wishes for my hospital stay!
I love the suggestions. My problem is the waterfall. I do want to soften it by using plants along the length of it but the rocks are cemented in place. I am going to place plants on the waterfall steps but would love to place plants on the sides also.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 11:30AM
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Build up each side of the waterfall with lots of topsoil packed tight. Slope it down so that it creates a hill on each side. Work in more rocks and then plant it with shrubs and perennials. On the waterfall, plant what you want in
black pots and surround the pots with rocks.

As I mentioned before vinca vine is great on the waterfall, it cascades
down and looks lovely.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 11:12AM
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whaisname your pond is absolutely gorgeous!! I would like permission to post that photo on my Pinterest board BACKYARD PONDS, WATERFALLS⦠etc. THANK YOU

    Bookmark   October 2, 2014 at 12:54PM
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I am honored to be asked and would love to see my pond on your site.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2014 at 11:25PM
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