Stock-tank pond garden is cool even in summer’s heat


Mid-summer is all about foliage in my garden. The spring flowers are long gone, but evergreen plants like ‘Winter Gem’ boxwood, ‘Color Guard’ yucca, bamboo muhly grass, and squid agave look good even when the Death Star’s on full blast. The stock-tank pond helps the garden feel cool, with a trickle of water spilling from a faucet pipe in the center.

Even my pond plants are largely about foliage — a dark-leaved crinum and sparkler-headed dwarf papyrus, plus rounded water lily leaves — since my garden doesn’t get enough sun for the lilies to bloom as much as I’d like.


To the right, Adirondacks by the pool are a good place to sit and let a lazy summer day float by.

This is my July post for Foliage Follow-Up. Fellow bloggers, what leafy loveliness is going on in your garden this month? Please join me in giving foliage its due on the day after Bloom Day. Leave a link to your post in a comment below. I’d appreciate it if you’ll also link to my post in your own — sharing link love! If you can’t post so soon after Bloom Day, no worries. Just leave your link when you get to it. I look forward to seeing your foliage faves.

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17 Responses

  1. Mark and Gaz says:

    Love your pond Pam!

  2. I always admire your stock tank pond. I have looked into getting one a time or two. I just can’t picture it in my garden. One of these days I will be struck as to where to situate it. I like all of that foliage around the pond too.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      The look isn’t right for every garden, but you can make one from other materials, even wine barrels and ceramic pots. Maybe you’ll hit on the perfect idea for your garden one day. —Pam

  3. Jenny says:

    Your back yard is so pretty, with all the foliage that provides respite from the Death Star (LOL!). I don’t have a particular foliage post to share, but will keep this in mind for the future.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Jenny

  4. I do love the way the paving radiates out from the stock tank and in shades of gray, too! My foliage is here: http://eachlittleworld.typepad.com/each_little_world/2016/07/foliage-follow-up-7162016-.html

  5. Kris P says:

    That pond certainly cools down the area in a visual sense, Pam. We felt the touch of the Death Star here ourselves in June but it’s been much more comfortable since. I can only hope our luck holds (I’m knocking wood right now). Here’s my foliage follow-up post: http://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2016/07/foliage-follow-up-stressed-out.html

  6. Your gardens always look so inviting and I love the look of your stock tank pond and its surrounding decorative brick. The blue wall, which I remember you deciding on a color last year, also looks perfect for the pool and sitting area. Here is my Foliage Follow-Up post for the month of July: http://landscapedesignbylee.blogspot.com/2016/07/garden-bloggers-bloom-day-foliage.html#.V4p_L_krKUk

  7. Evan says:

    Such a beautiful vignette around the stock tank. I always love how serene and cooling your garden looks. Here’s my foliage follow-up. No restraint, as usual! ;) http://practicalplantgeek.blogspot.com/2016/07/foliage-follow-up-july-2016.html

  8. Laura Munoz says:

    Your pond continues to look lovely, and it caused me to drop by Tractor Supply yesterday to look at their stock tanks.

  9. Jenn says:

    Love this pond. It was and still is, an inspiration for my own. Thanks again for the beautiful water lily divisions. Here’s my post, 5 days in the making! http://www.victoryordeathinthegarden.wordpress.com/july2016-foliage-follow-up

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