I recently had a bunch of trees and shrubs cleared around my pond and I want to replace them with some (mostly) native shrubs, grasses and flowers that will attract birds and butterflies, etc but don’t know where to start.
Does anyone know of a good website or seed/plant seller that would cover this? I’m in the Mid-Atlantic at the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley/Blue Ridge Mountains and would like to plan native plants but will waiver if there’s something that will be beneficial for wildlife. I have a pretty big area to cover so I’m thinking a lot of the area will have to be covered by seed and not plants.
If anyone has any tips or advice, I’d love to hear them. I don’t know where to start other than using the Google, but there has to be a better way!!!
@Bart, I’m so jealous! Its gorgeous. I have always wanted a pond. I have a resource from my master gardener class. This booklet was a well sought after resource for our team and includes plants specifically for Virginia and the chesapeake bay watershed. I will attach the plant list for wet meadows, freshwater wetlands, and bog gardens. The pages have pics of the plant, characteristics, conditions, habitat, wildlife, etc. Its available on Amazon. I would be happy to send you any particulars on a plant.
Added note: My internet is so crappy, its going to take it a while to download a couple of small documents. Check back at the end of the day–sorry!
Im sorry i didnt notice where you are but ive had some real good success with Lantana here. There are many many types and colors and I’ve never seen anything so loved by butterflies! Mine grow big as well. They will love on that bank.
If you want to add native flowers for the pollinators, then check out Prairie Moon Nursery. I just received my order a couple of days ago. They have very high ratings on Garden Watchdog, and they were also recommended by “Crime Pays But Botany Doesn’t” on YouTube (check him out if you aren’t familiar).
It’s generally not recommended to plant woody shrubs or trees on a pond dam.
As the roots decay , as they will. They can create channels for water to follow.resulting in expensive leaks.
On none dam slopes , native soil side , this may not be such a problem ?
I’m inclined to agree with @Hillbillyhort on this one. As I deal with shortsighted decisions from previous owners of this house, I can appreciate thinking about who’s coming next and not leaving messes for them.
@Bart I second Prairie Moon. Great quality seeds and they give you the info you need to succeed. The NH State Nursery has a wetlands package of native shrubs that could work for you. You could also consider Lobelia cardinalis (cardinal flower) for part shade areas.
Maybe I just lived too long.?
Or built my pond too soon ?
My pond , I built 34 yrs ago.
Could not help myself , but to plant fruit trees around it.
The fog off the pond has prevented frost on those trees over the years.
Some trees have died. Over the years , roots have rotted , water followed .
I knew it was not good to plant them there.
Just could not help myself.
This year, a major leak !
Several thousand dollers , months of work, months without water.
I reworked my pond this year.
Will I plant trees around it this time .?
“It “might out live me this time ? …?