Thursday, August 31, 2006
Ponds in the shade
Putting a pond in the shade means you give up water lilies, but you get to plant so many lovely plants around the pond and in the water.
Try Taro (A large elephant ear like plant, but very tropical), or Umbrella plant. I think that it will grow anywhere you put it. As an aside, be very careful if you live in the subtropics, do not plant them close to your house in the ground. I had to break the bad news to a homeowner that the umbrella plant she had lovingly put next to her sunroom had broken the foundation of her house. You may also want to try some indoor plants and take them in during cold weather. Any of the spaths love to have their feet wet and all of the philodrendons.
Some shade tolerating water lilies have been developed. Check your local aquatic nursery for availability and hardiness in your area.
Around the pond you can plant ferns of any and all kinds, gingers and Chinese Fan Palms can back up the waterfall.