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The Waterfall Pond


When we arrived in our Houston-area home, we knew it was only a matter of time before we got a pond. We had come to love the sounds, plants, and wildlife associated with a pond, and wouldn't be without one for long. It took a few months, but by the following spring we engaged a local pond-building company to install one for us. About the same size as our small patio pond back in Pennsylvania, but with a waterfall and bog filtration, and all-around more professional installation than that simple pond I built many years ago.

The pond project came complete with a plant package that included two waterlilies and a variety of marginals suitable for planting in the filtration bog and along the stream; we promptly supplemented this assortment with some additional purchases, so that the pond is already home to quite a few plants. Which is a good thing, because it is also home to several fish, so the plants serve the important function of cleaning up fish waste and keeping the water clear.

Currently growing in our waterfall pond

Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' (sweet flag; scented striped rush)
Acrostichum danaeifolium (water fern; leather fern)
Bacopa caroliniana (lemon bacopa)
Carex flacca (blue sedge)
Colocasia 'Black Ripple' (elephant ears)
Crinum species (red bog lily)
Echinodorus species (melon sword)
Equisetum scirpoides (bushy horsetail; dwarf scouring rush;)
Juncus effusus f. spiralis (corkscrew rush; spiral rush)
Juncus inflexus 'Blue Arrows' (blue rush)
Machaerina rubiginosa 'Variegata' (golden spears; variegated sedge; striped rush)
Myriophyllum aquaticum (parrot's feather)
Nymphaea 'Colorado' (hardy waterlily)
Nymphaea (tropical hybrids) (tropical waterlily)
Nymphoides indica (water snowflake)

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Last modified: April 28, 2017
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