A question I frequently get asked is ‘ What plants do I need to cover my exposed pond liner’ ?. My advice and answer is, to dig your pond first and trim your exposed pond liner after you have filled it with water. Doing it this way, will ensure less of the liner will be exposed, & that you have adequate liner left over to cover the outside of your pond. Which ever way your pond has been created, you will always be faced with the exposure of that unsightly liner, and knowing the right plants that will offer good coverage, can be daunting.
Choosing the right plants is very important as we must consider the wildlife that will live in and around it. We should ultimately view this as a working partnership between you both. If they are happy and contented, they in return, will help keep both your pond and the surrounding areas ecosystems running smoothly. So, taking this all into consideration, I have composed a list of plants below, that will satisfy both you and your wildlife.
To help you further, I have placed the relevant plants into two categories, the first being, plants that can be grown in the pond on a marginal shelf and will spread outwards quickly. These plants should be planted to a depth of 0-4 cm over their crowns or the planting container. The second category are , plants that can be grown outside of the pond in the surrounding soil, in the same way as planting alpines or low growing, ground-covering perennials. Some of the plants I have chosen are suitable for both in or around the pond and are listed under both categories. I have done this as some of the marginals can adapt to rising water in the winter, and drought conditions in the summer months. I have also added a couple of pictures to this blog to help you with your personal choice of plants. The pictures are of Mazus Retans and Mazus Retans Alba which are both perennials.
ALPINES AND PERENNIALS