Water enhances any garden, and there’s a wide range of aquatic plants that will thrive in a pond – be they fully submerged, floating on the surface or growing on the pond edge, as a ‘marginal’. Discover our pick of the best plants for garden ponds, with advice on how to grow them.
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Here is some more information to help you to choose.
What are pond oxygenator plants?
Oxygenating plants are considered one of the most important groups of plants in the pond. An oxygenator is a term applied to a wide variety of fast-growing plants, originally so named because it was thought that they give out oxygen constantly though like all plants they give out oxygen during the day and use it up at night. Their primary benefit in a pond is their ability to grow rapidly, using nutrients that algae would use, such as blanketweed. By occasionally thinning the oxygenators in the pond, a healthy balance can be maintained.
What are marginal plants?
Marginal plants are those which grow around the margins of the pond where the water is shallow. They usually have their soil and crown underwater, and sometimes their lower foliage as well. They are generally placed on planting shelves within the pond.
Deep water Lily plants.
Water lilies (Nymphaea) are a genus of hardy and tender aquatic plants. Visible from March to September, they bear flat, plate-like leaves that sit on the water’s surface, from which pink, yellow, or white flowers appear from June to September. There’s a huge variety of waterlily plants to choose from – most do best in large ponds and lakes but there are some dwarf types that can be grown in small garden ponds.
Waterlilies are an important part of a balanced pond. They offer shade and protection to fish and a place to hide from herons. The flowers are also attractive to pollinating bees.