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syndicate1 06-29-2010 07:40 PM

Suggestion for tidying this pond area
 
Just bought the house in the pic below that came with the pond, need some suggestion as to how to tidy it up with some landscaping to make it "pop"

thx

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jamiedolan 07-05-2010 05:30 PM

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Originally Posted by syndicate1 (Post 463213)
just bought the house in the pic below that came with the pond, need some suggestion as to how to tidy it up with some landscaping to make it "pop"

thx

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...e/img_0273.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...e/img_0284.jpg



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1: Remove Arborvitae and replace with Nine Bark Diablo
2: Remove Arborvitae and replace with Nine Bark Diablo
3: Remove current plants where Red XX is by the number 3, plant a Red cut leaf Japanese Maple *** (make sure that a Japanese Maple is hardy for where you are in Ontario, if your down by Toronto, your going to be about the same zone as me in Neenah, WI and you should be fine, if you are up by sudbury or farther north, then you may not be able to grow any of the Japanese maples.
4: Remove grasses, leave ferns. Plant hosta where grasses were. Use Hosta August Moon, if you can't find a larger sized August Moon, plant a few of them next to each other.
5: Remove Grasses in this area. Under 3 & 5 on the ground plant Plant Vinca Minor called Illumination. Also in area 5, plant, partly under your new Japanese Maple 1 or more Blue (elgans variety) Hosta.
6: Remove Grasses. Plant Dragons Blood Red Sedum.

Mulch with a dark'ish cedar type of mulch.

How's that sound? Might be too much work.... :(

jamie

syndicate1 07-05-2010 09:13 PM

Thank you Jamie....those are wonderful ideas, really appreciate it. I have arranged for all that weed/bush to be cleared out, and then I'll go from there

jamiedolan 07-05-2010 09:42 PM

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Originally Posted by syndicate1 (Post 465707)
Thank you Jamie....those are wonderful ideas, really appreciate it. I have arranged for all that weed/bush to be cleared out, and then I'll go from there

The Hosta on the left side of the pond looks like it is "olive bailey langdon", that is a nice Hosta, well worth saving even if you decide you don't want it there.

What part of Ontario are you in? Do you know what cold hardiness plants need to be to survive in your area? The plants I see in your photo are all good to around -30F. Japanese maple would be the only one that I mentioned that would be less hardy, more like -20F on more kind of Japanese Maples.

There are dozens of varieties of Japanese Maples in all colors, they are not very common, but they are very neat.

Jamie

syndicate1 07-06-2010 07:35 PM

I am in Ottawa Ontario....zone 5a. One tree that is popular around here in the Lilac tree. I do plan to keep the Hosta, I love Hostas

Allison1888 07-09-2010 04:53 PM

If you don't want the plants you're pulling out (can they be move to another part of the yard), try selling them on http://www.craigslist.com. I've sold lots of plants and it's a fun way to make a little cash for mulch and fertilizer!

blinkandimgone 08-15-2010 09:08 PM

A couple of other plants you could try are the tiger eye sumac - very nice colour and leaf shape, cannas do well in the pond as well for some nice height and colour when they bloom (if you prefer the darker colours you could try the ones with burgundy over green leaves) and some japanese solomon seal would tie in nicely with your hosta.

syndicate1 08-23-2010 09:15 AM

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Here is the transformation. Thx for your suggestions folks


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