Tuesday, July 21, 2009

NEAT TRICK: Tropical Plants for Water Gardens

We have two water features in our yard and for the past two years, I've been experimenting with growing colorful annuals right in the water. Impatiens seem to work the best and transform our waterfalls into something right out of a Costa Rica rainforest.

If you have a water feature with shallow edges, you can easily get the same effect with plants such as coleus or impatiens. Simply pop the plant out of its container and gently hose off as much potting soil as possible from the roots. Then place your plants in pockets and crevices on the sides of your water feature, using small rocks to hold the plant in place.

Within weeks, your plant will take off. And what's even better...you don't even have to water them! Ellen

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