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2018 November Newsletter

Cool Plants

Here are some plants that we have in stock at the Falling Water Gardens nursery. We think this selection would look great in your garden right now. Want to know more about these plants? Visit our plant database.


Berberis thunbergii ‘Golden Pillar’

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates part shade, but performs best with full sun. This is a very adaptable shrub that is tolerant of urban conditions. Plants also tolerates heat and drought, but are generally intolerant of poorly-drained, wet soils. Creeping roots cause Golden Pillar to spread slowly. Can also spread by self-seeding (birds will eat the fruits and distribute the seed). Branches may root where they touch the ground.

  • Light need: Part Sun to Sun
  • Plant characteristic: Deciduous Shrub

Euonymus Japonicus ‘Happiness’

Euonymus japonicus ‘Happiness’ is a relatively dwarf evergreen and its special feature is its foliage. The new growth is pale green then fading to pale yellow and maturing to a rich golden yellow before; the foliage color makes a colorful contrast with the stems which remain green. Eventually the foliage turns dark green, creating the ideal background against which the bright new foliage is shown off.

Developing into a low mound about 8in high and 10in wide after three years, eventually it reaches about 24in high and 30in wide. So it’s relatively slow growing, but is also robust and tolerant of a wide range of conditions.

  • Light need: Shade to Partial Sun
  • Plant characteristic: Evergreen Perennial

Euphorbia Amygdaloides ‘Ruby Glow’

Best grown in dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates. However, clumps tend to open up and lose their attractive shape in too much shade. Must have sharply-drained soils. Wet soils, particularly in winter, can be fatal. Plants are tolerant of some poor soils, including rocky-sandy ones. Plants generally prefer a Mediterranean-type climate and may show some stress in hot and humid summers.

  • Light need: Full sun to Part Shade
  • Plant characteristic: Evergreen Perennial

Heuchera ‘Forever Purple’

‘Forever Purple’ is a knockout with ultra-purple glossy leaves with fluted edges and great vigor. Very short spikes of purple-pink flowers in summer and four seasons of purple.

  • Light need: Full Sun to Full Shade
  • Plant characteristic: Evergreen Perennial

Heuchera ‘Marmalade’

Dramatic foliage ranges from deep golden to glowing reddish pink with undulating margins. Golden mature foliage features contrasting hot pink undersides. An outstanding seasonal accent for border or woodland garden.

  • Light need: Full Sun to Full Shade
  • Plant characteristic: Evergreen Perennial

Carex oshim 'Everest'EverColor ‘Everest Sedge’

Evergreen, low mounding grass with variegated white and green blades. Use in borders or containers to brighten up any area. Full sun to part shade. Ht. 12-24in, spread 12-24in. Zone 5

  • Light need: Full shade to partial sun
  • Plant characteristic: Evergreen Grass


If your pond is starting to look dull because of the plants that are dying back for the winter, then you may be interested in adding these evergreen aquatic plants that look great all year round.

Carex tenuiculmis CappuccinoCarex tenuiculmis ‘Cappuccino’

This chocolate colored sedge is an extraordinary complement to any perennial garden and even does well around ponds! It’s form is gracefully arching, creating an attractive mound. Foliage varies from deep brown to reddish-bronze. Prefers moist, well draining soil.

  • Light need: Full Shade to Partial Sun
  • Plant characteristic: Evergreen


Juncus Effusus ‘Lemon Swirl’

Juncus effusus 'Lemon Swirl'

Thin, corkscrew-like foliage that is dark green with yellow variegation. Ht.12-15in, clump forming evergreen grass, prefers full sun to part shade and moist soil, Zone 5.

  • Light need: Part Sun
  • Plant characteristic: Evergreen

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Rick Perry installed his first pond in his parents garden when he was only 15 years old! Ponds were built out of concrete back then. His parents still own that home and the original pond has been expanded and rebuilt twice, as the technology in pond liners, pumps, and filters continued to evolve. Rick’s love of water in the garden never went away and for over 16 years he continued to install ponds in his own homes and those of his friends and family. After someone suggested that Rick could make a living off of doing what he loved, Falling Water Designs was born. Rick has been involved in the water garden industry longer than there has been a water garden industry. He is very excited by the continuing innovations that are making it possible for every homeowner to enjoy a low maintenance, affordable water feature in the garden. Rick has been interviewed and featured in Koi World Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Water Features for Every Garden by Helen Nash.