We found a cool and very refreshing little spot at Le Jardin Daniel Seguin in St Hyacinthe Quebec! It's a beautiful little water garden that you could create in your backyard.
You'll need a pump to recirculate the water into a nice shallow pool. When you are planting plants in your water garden you have to understand which plants like which kinds of conditions!
So obviously there are water lilies and water hyacinths. These are floating plants that are sitting on the water surface with their roots going down into the base of the pond. But then when you start getting a little bit up the bank, you start getting into the marginal plants. These are plants that do well when wet, but don't like staying in the water all the time. Flag irises, for example, do really well here and so do ferns, too.
As you go up the slope you can grow beautiful creeping ground covers. It helps the pond look natural as it blends into all of these different layers in the rocks.
This one is called Creeping Jenny, or Lysimachia. It's a beautiful plant because it really holds right to the rock as it grows down, so it kind of looks likes the water itself.
And you can use it in containers too, creating a cascading effect. Having it grow in a container and on the ground pulls the space together. You can just grow it like a regular perennial garden with other perennials like daylilies, iris, and maybe some Ladies mantle.
These plants really bring your eye to the garden and then with your ear, you can hear the water and you want to come in and inspect all the nooks and crannies of it.
By Charlie Nardozzi
PO Box 4508