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How to Plant Around a Pond

Create a natural-looking pond edge by carefully tucking in plants alongside weathered rocks to camouflage the pond liner. As seen in Country Gardens magazine.

By wedging plants into the crevices and letting them spill around, the pond appears to be nature's own work. Here's how to create this look:

Tools and Materials:

  • Gloves
  • Compost
  • Tropical ferns such as Nephrolepis and Asplenium nidus
  • Hand trowel

Step 1

Add compost to amend the soil, building up the pond's edge to disguise the liner and hold plants firmly in place.

Step 2

Remove the fern from its container and shake excess potting soil from the roots. Where space is limited, wedge the plants into crevices and between rocks. Reducing each plant's footprint results in a natural look.

Step 3

Using a hand trowel and taking care not to damage the liner, dig a hole and insert a fern into the hole.

Step 4

Firm the fern into position, pulling the compost in the hole and covering the roots. Be sure to water thoroughly after planting. Keep the newly transplanted fern moist for several days immediately after transplanting.

Learn more about ferns.


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