Plants for a shady area of my yard
A week or so ago I posted here asking for suggestions and opinions on plants for a shady area of my yard. I have slowly begun work on a little bit of landscaping there and I have pictures! Yes, that is a child's swimming pool in the middle. I know it's obviously a kiddy pool and it looks a bit tacky, but I do know from previous experience that it can be a very functional living environment for goldfish and a few water plants. And it's within my budget, but even though it's cheap, it lasts for years, and I didn't have to dig a lot under my tree, and damage the roots. The first time I did this, I had it for six years in the same pool, and when the brat killed everything in it and I took it out, the pool was still functional with no leaks. I intended to put a black plastic liner in this one, but forgot to before I filled it with water, but with pea gravel on the bottom, and once the plants around it fill out and there are water plants inside it, hopefully the bright blue won't be so visible. And I probably could still dip out the water and put the plastic liner in it if I decide that's necessary. Even as shallow as the pool is, I couldn't dig a place deep enough to sink it into the ground without cutting the tree roots. And I learned from before that it's best to have some dirt or something around it to help insulate the sides and keep the water temperatures steadier. What I did was scrape out shallow depression in the shape of the pool so that it sits just above the tree roots that are closest to the surface, arranged the dirt and some sand so that the spot was as level and smooth as possible with one part just slightly lower toward the front to make waste removal a little easier when necessary. Then I arranged the rocks where I wanted them to support the sides and to act as little individual planters, filled in the spaces with the extra topsoil I scraped off, and put my plants in between and around the rocks. The plants around it in this picture are mostly various kinds of hostas, but my daughter bought wormwood because she liked the way it looked, and I decided to try it out because it is supposed to keep some bugs away, and I like the way it looks, too. I'm watching the plants around it to be sure they don't get sick looking, and I'll probably have to make sure it never starts to hang over the water, but I do like it. The way it's planted is also easy for me to remove it and put it somewhere else if I need to. a closer look at the wormwood- There are actually two of these, one isn't visible in the first photos because it's around, kind of on the backside. Since this picture was taken I have planted some lavender alyssum in a few nooks and crannies, but I'm thinking it might not do so well there. It's not looking as good as the other plants. I have blue water irises from the last time that I need to dig up and pot, then set in the pool after the pea gravel has been put in, and I am hoping to locate water hyacinth again and find another water lily. Before, water hyacinth was popular around here, but in recent years it has become scarce. You used to be able to buy it at every nursery in town or get it from anyone who had a water garden, but water gardens seem to be a lot less popular now. The beautiful lily I had before, my mom bought from a lady selling flowers at a flea market, and it was a lily pad that got these lovely, delicate pink flowers. Because she bought it from a flea market, she didn't know what species it was, but I'd really like to find more of them. Another, slightly different angle, showing the moss that I would like to cultivate or keep growing if I can. When my parents moved into their house 28 years ago, these rocks were in their yard. My mom gave them to me because she was tired of mowing around them, and I rolled them up under the box hedges in the front of my house for years. When I pulled them out to move them to the backyard, this moss was growing on this one. I don't know if the conditions where the rock is now are quite right for it, but it still looks pretty healthy and green and it's been there for over a week. Still, if anyone has any suggestion for how to encourage it to continue growing and spreading to the other rocks, I'd love to hear them.