Posted: 16/04/2017 at 18:51
I wouldn't worry about it too much Angie. If you make the slope of that area run back towards the border and spike it with a garden fork, the water hitting the path will go through and also head towards the planting rather than the pond. Any bits and pieces going into the pond won't be an issue anyway. It's what happens in a natural pond in the wild.
Yes - you can plant through it as well. I've done that in other gardens, and I've done it here in the area I've just created at the back of my extension as it's part path and part seating area. We get very high rainfall and it's absolutely fine if you spike it thoroughly.
A good selection of different sized rocks, pebbles and gravel will also help blur the boundary between pond and border which will make it more natural looking.