Saturday, November 20, 2010

Container Water Gardens talk

I was pleased to be able to give a talk recently at the Montelindo Garden Club. The topic was container water gardening and it was spurred by an article I'd had published in the SF Chronicle on that topic back in June of this year. For those of you who missed the article the first time, or who might want to look at some of the photos that appeared with the article (more online than in the paper itself), here is the link to the container water gardens story.
I also mentioned to those at the meeting that I'd post some plants that those looking to construct a water feature could use. Here's that list:

Upright (vertical) Plants
Acorus calamus
Cyperus alternifolius (Papyrus)
Equisetum (Horsetail)
Irises -- ensata, fulva, Siberian, pseudacorus
Juncus (Rush)
Lobelia cardinalis
Sagittaria (Arrowhead)
Sarracenia (Pitcher plant)

Marginals (broader-leaved usually)
Caltha (Marsh marigold)
Carex elata or C. aquatilis
Colocasia/alocasia (Elephant ears/taro)
Mimulus (water loving species)

Cascading plants
Houttuynia (especially the variegated variety)
Lysimachia nummularia (Creeping Jenny)
Ranunculus repens (Creeping buttercup)

Floating plants
Azolla (Mosaic plant)
Parrot's Feather
Water hyacinth
Water lettuce

Egeria (Anacharis)
Parrot's Feather

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