Glenna Partridge Garden Design
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Shades of green and restrained colour palette. The fibre optic plant (Isolepsis cernua) was chosen to imitate water spilling over the fountain.

© 2012 Glenna Partridge. All rights reserved.

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June 17, 2012
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Can you please tell me what is growing behind the fountain and up into the fence? Thanks!
    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 12:49PM
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The plant growing up the fence is a climbing hydrangea. It's a bit slow to establish and will start flowering in about year three from planting a one gallon container. They will cling onto whatever structure you provide with aerial roots (just like ivy). It grows well in a part shade location and blooms around July in Canada.

Here's a link for more info on this great climbing vine.

I hope this helps!
    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 2:06PM
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What type of plants are these?
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Thanks InteriorsbyDesign!
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March 22, 2015
Plants in bird bath
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March 15, 2015
great plant combos
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Could still incorporate soft spray of water
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birdbath planter
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Love this. Great plants
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J'aime cette sculpture qui permet de supportez les fleurs.
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Planting on bird bath?
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Greenery in bird bath is fantastic
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Plants in birdbath idea
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idea for outside dining room
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Height around fountain
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Birds nest fern and fountain planter
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Nice garden feature
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cute usage of fountain when no longer in use
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non water fountain
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where can I buy a fountain for less than retail?
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use of old fountain.
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Idea for northside
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?Fiber optic grass and dwarf hostas.
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Front bed?
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leaf texture composition
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love the planted fountain.
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2 tiers
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Glenna Partridge Garden Design The whole planting area is greens and whites. The background plant up against the brick wall is a climbing hydrangea. The shrub in the top left corner is Choisya ternata (Mexican mock orange). In the fountain:The fibre optic plant (Isolepsis cernua) was chosen to imitate water spilling over the fountain. That's the grass like plant that looks like it has little water drops on the end of each blade. The trailing plant on the lower tier is Muehlenbeckia axillaries (Creeping Wire Vine). The lime green plant on the bottom tier is Selaginella kraussiana. There is a dark green form and a lime green one. You often find this in a place that sells indoor plants. The plant at the base of the fountain is Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart's Tongue fern). On the bottom left of the photo is an Epimedium (white flower...can't remember the cultivar...sorry) which is a great perennial in dry shady conditions, and on the right bottom of the photo is Aruncus aethusifolius (Dwarf Goat's Beard). I put in annual white impatiens around the fern for a little hit of white bloom for all summer. The fountain has no drainage but the plants I selected seem to thrive. Fibre optic plant can actually sit in water. If you can't find all the plants I have in my design check with your local nursery for other plants suited to bog gardens. (Plants that can sit in moist soil) I hope this helps!
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instead of water cascading - plants in bird bath!
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what to do instead of water
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Like old fountain
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Really cute idea, use an old, broken fountain as a planter! The plant that looks like it has dew drops on it is called "fibre optic grass" and likes shady, moist environments.
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Plants in fountain are a great representation of water.
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birdbath idea
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Super cute topiary planter.
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plant choices are great representation of water
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Plants in a fountain
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Interesting idea
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Great use of a water fountain as a container garden
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Fiber optic plant is part sun/shade
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bird bath filled with plants
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Greenery fountain
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Fiber optic grass...wire vine...bacopia
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the way the grass grows in the fountain
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use my broken fountain for this to hide chipped edge. Love the optics, only found them one year.
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Fountain plants
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Fountain idea
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under fig?
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fibre optic plant
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fountain for courtyard as flower pot
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Instead of water running fountain... Love this!
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Creative use of bird bath
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Garden idea
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birdbath with plantings to give height
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Birdbath with plants
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dry fountain
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Like this
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Fountain as planter
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Bird Bath
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fiber optic plant
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Fountain planter
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really really pretty
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water plants in fountain, I wonder if plants could be added to our giant baby fountain
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uses for birdbath
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Use of bird bath.
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for side of house?
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plants as water from fountain
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Dry fountain with plantings
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Sweet miniature display
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Water fountain
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The plants as water. I have a problem in my country with mosquitos and am not very keen on water features even though I love them.This makes a nice compromise.
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layering of plants
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plants in water fountain
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Lovely elegance staying within the shade of green. Love the spilling plants.
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Great alternative to a water feature
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birdbath and plants around it.
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fountain plants
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Fountain of Plants
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use birdbath as structure
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Fountain planter.
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Plants in fountain
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fibre optic plant in fountain
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interesting height and arrangement
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bird bath
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bird bath idea in shade
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do this in our stand outside!!
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River road like
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Fuente debajo de escalera
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Front corner
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Fiber Optics Plant
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Stunning plant selection. Love the Hart's Fern.
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This would be good in the shady side yard
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macetas jardin
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plants in courtyard fountain
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bird bath
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fountain garden
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Interesting way to add texture, dimension and character to a flower bed without the hassle or danger of water (for small kids)
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Plants in birdbath.
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height, stone feature
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the water feature
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I like these plants around the bath on the ground
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Garden planted art
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birdbath idea
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Perfect idea for my courtyard which has no electrical supply! Flowing plants that imitate water...why I never thought of that?
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Plants in the birdbath
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Shade garden
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Novel green birdbath/fpunrain
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Perhaps two bird baths on top of each other filled with plants...this would look great...
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water fountain idea
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bog garden
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Grass fountain!
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Nice use of Fiber Optic plant in fountain - natural tromp-l'oeil!
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Fountain with plants in it and round it.
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all the greens... so soothing!
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love the use of the fountain- (uses fiber optic plant?) also all of the different textures and shades of green- use in side yard??
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ornamental fountain
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Hart's Tongue Fern
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the greenery and plants within the birdbath
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could use this for tiered planter
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Side house
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Best birdbath ever
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Love the fiber optic grass
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backyard fountain idea
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fiber optic plant
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fiber optic plant
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i have the perfect spot
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corner tier fountain w/plants, birdnest ferns
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fontaine transformée en bac a fleurs !
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like the use of the birdbath / fountain as a planter
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Very cool "non" fountain!
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love this idea for birdbath to a planter
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using old fountain
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