August 13, 2017
A backyard pond is one of the most rewarding features in any landscape setting. I’m visiting with Terri and Jeff who built these ponds and certainly enjoy the fruits of their labor. All around the ponds, large flagstone creates a hard edge defining the pond edges, with smaller stone filling in the spaces. The water lilies give the pond an exotic feel. The white flowered lilies are night bloomers called Trudy’s Shalom, surrounded by the large coarse-toothed floating leaves. The others are a hardy variety having variable pink to white flowers. I really like the landscape setting at the head of the pond. The blue verbena planted in the aged ceramic pot, along with the Butterfly Red penta, adds color. Underneath the elephant ears, I like the blue garden hostess welcoming all visitors. The smaller pond is protected by the angel figurine who seems to be watching the goldfish flitter and dart around looking for a snack. Along with the pond there’s something about having one of these giant urn fountains with the water gently rolling over the edge. Usually we see creeping jenny in containers spilling out but what about using it as a ground cover? I love the effect of this chartreuse yellow carpet. Imagine relaxing by one of these ponds listening to the sound of falling water and watching the fish, dragonflies and frogs. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman and I’ll see you next time on Southern Gardening.