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Pond and Stream


Name: Pond and Stream

Open to the public: No

County: Moore

USDA Hardiness Zone:

Extension Demonstration Garden? No

Approximate year the garden/landscape was established: 2001

What to look for: In 2001, we had a pond and stream installed in our side yard so we could see it from inside the house. The stream has a four-inch drop into the pond. At the sides of the pond, we had two small areas planned for bog plants. We installed the pond and a stream not only for their aesthetic appeal but also to attract birds. We edged the pond with smooth rocks that form a low, natural-looking edge that allows easy access for birds. This arrangement, along with our feeders, has gratified us with a large variety of birds coming to visit year-round.

We have enjoyed the variety of plants that can be used in a water feature. We love the pitcher plants and bog irises. The water lilies are beautiful, and the lotus is a standout when in bloom. The lotus leaves are attractive even through the winter. We have also put our native pickerelweed and Lizard’s Tail in the pond. The pickerelweed has proven to be an aggressive grower and must be thinned occasionally. The pickerelweed is wonderful as a pollinator plant. It attracts not only bees and butterflies but also dragonflies and hummingbirds.

Horticulture: We have had a problem with tree roots coming over the top of the rubber liner and running under the rocks and had to address that. Algae is an occasional issue but it was controlled using barley bales or powder. Later in summer, the plants provide enough shade to control it.