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Been using some Water Celery around my spire rock fountains with a little rush grass behind them.

I am liking the Water Celery with how it is small and bushy and green.

Anyone know of more pond shrubbery ??

((looking for something that stays under the 3 foot height level))
 
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In or out of the pond and you would have to consider sun or shade and drought tolerant ,I love hostas and loriopi .They take a lot of abuse and since they come in so many colors they work great .Artemisia and lambs ear gives off a soft and fluffy silvery white glow
 

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I put some variegated sedges in my pond in a floater and a tall planter. Also like my creeping water primrose, one is more upright (stuck this one in a floater w/ screen and holes to contain this plant or it runs rampant) and one stays on the surface. Love the Parrots feather too.

Variegated Sedge
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Upright Creeping Water Primrose
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Ludwigia Water Primrose
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Parrots Feather
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I like that Variegated Sedge. I like how it seems to gain a little height. Did ya get it online? Grr, garden stores here will not submit a new order for me until their current stock of pond plants are sold.
 

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Just picked it up at Lowes and prolly H-depot has it also. It's very common. It's got yellow/ greenish stripes.
 

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Actually think that plant is called a Sweet Flag and is a Rush type plant not a sedge but just look at the photo and remember what it looks like and you'll find it.
 
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A lot of plants it seem work in ponds that you may think of only landscape plants and you just have to try them out and see .I am now growing nasturshims in my pond and a lot of the grasses you can grown it the pond you just have to give them a haircut to keep them low ,they sure do a great job of cleaning the water .
 
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Does this Sweet Flag come in solid green also? :question: Does it occasionally flower? If so, I think I have that growing in the front yard. It does reproduce as well and is a perennial...that is if it is the same thing. I have no idea what it is, but we planted it a few years ago alternating with the solid green of the same type.

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I'm trying Caladiums in the bog right now. They seem to be doing ok. We've got several different kinds of prarie grass and rushes as well as cat tails and some heavenly bamboo.
 

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I'm trying Caladiums in the bog right now. They seem to be doing ok. We've got several different kinds of prarie grass and rushes as well as cat tails and some heavenly bamboo.

I put tons of stuff in the bog, a lot of it survives, some struggles
 
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lol he's always messing up and now half his head is sinking! I tried filling the holes but guess I missed some................I think his days are numbered and might have to make some shoes out of him :razz:
 

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lol he's always messing up and now half his head is sinking! I tried filling the holes but guess I missed some................I think his days are numbered and might have to make some shoes out of him :razz:

make him a land alligator, mine is on the deck, the other one is going into the bog
 

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Good idea addy! Then I think I might pick up one of the big head ones from Wal-mart for the pond.
 
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Yep, in the introduction section under howdy, glad to find y'all. :) But ... it's more of a water feature than a pond I think. I need to do an update since I got my plants and comets in there. Now, the rocks on the walls that are underwater have a nice looking green coat on them, but I vaccuum the bottom river rocks once a week to keep most of the algae off of them so the color of the rock stands out. I have surrounded my rock spires with some verigated tall and curly top Rushes, Water Celery, and some other dinky little plants. I also got some Maris Tail and Parrot's Feather kind of tucked underneath the flagstone table so that the stems kind of float up staying near the side of the table (heh, if that makes any sense). Everything looks good but half of my Water Celery is still in transition so they don't have a good full green color to them yet.

I would also like to put a little galvanized or wooden stocktank bog on the side of it once I figure out what I want to plant in it. I think I want there to be some carnivorous plants in it with some small yuccas, and some "desert stemmy looking" shrubs or something like that.

Not for sure yet if a "desert stemmy looking" shrub type thing is out there, that can work in a bog environment.

I got a dwarf grey cotoneaster in my xericscape garden plots, but I am not for sure if it would work in a bog environment. I have read that it can get a fire blight disease from bacteria if watered too much.

Any ideas for a stemmy, small leaf type, short shrub?
 
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Does Water Celery need to be planted, or the roots tucked into something or can it just float freely in a pond? I received some as a bonus w an order I made and I am not sure how to utilize it. :question:

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I don't know if it can float freely. The Water Celery I bought was fairly heavy in a pot of tight clay so that it could sit on an underwater shelf and the plant was about 16 inches tall and 12 inches wide.

Water Celery I bought from the greenhouse, which I bought all they had, was just planted in some really tight clay soil in a pot. I just got a wider pot, that was a little shorter than the original pot, and drilled 1/8" holes all over it. I figure the wider pot gives the plant more room ... I guess, it might not. Anyways ... The tight clay soil it already was in stayed together very well, none of it floated out except for a very tiny bit when first putting it in the water.

I bet ya can just use the generic walmart clay kitty litter, red/blue bag, or I figure ya can use pea gravel. This stuff just keeps the plant anchored and I guess can help protect the plants roots from fishies get'n to them, but the roots will eventually start poking out of the holes in the pot, which is ok.

I am told the water should only go up to the top of the root ball.

In my situation, the water only wetted the bottom half of the root ball. So, I used a small 400 gph fountain pump to feed a manifold that feeds 8 or more 1/4" tubes where I had one tube per plant to wet the top half of the root ball. This is probably not necessary tho. I don't know. The manifold I am talking about is a drip irrigation part that ya screw on a 1/2" pipe thread, normally where a lawn/garden sprinkler is, but I put it on the fountain pump.

Quick heads up ... It took about 2~3 weeks for the water celery to wake up from its transplant shock. Once it transitioned, it got really green and started new growth from the root ball.

I never did anything to fertilize it since the greenhouse people said there was a fertilizer mixed into the tight clay soil.
 
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