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Pond construction - allow for plant pockets, plant in gravel?

15 years ago

I was wondering if anyone plants directly in the gravel or in plant pockets?

I've been using aquatic baskets for several years. But now that I'm rebuilding my pond, I'm thinking of adding in plant pockets, or at leaving areas where I can plant directly in the gravel. Not sure if creating a plant pocket is necessarily better than just planting in the gravel.

Also I realize that not using baskets means I have to watch that the plants don't get too out of control, but I'm always trimming and tiding the plants anyways. I read that planting directly into the pond is supposed to give a more naturalized look (which is what I'm after).

Opinions anyone?

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