Water Plants

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Water features can add a great sense of movement to a landscape, however plants make an ecosystem complete. We now carry a wide array of both hardy and tropical pond plants. We have chosen a variety of plants that people have had success with in this area. Please keep in mind all pond plants require a still or slow moving water environment and will not perform in brisk moving water. The plants are divided into different roles that mimic a natural pond environment.

Oxygenators

Oxygenators help provide additional oxygen to pond water for a healthy, clean environment. If your pond contains fish, the additional oxygen will help them thrive. Adequate oxygen in the water helps in reducing algae growth. Oxygenators also help reduce algae by consuming excess nutrients in the pond. Some oxygenators are fully submerged and purely functional, while others may rise above the surface of the water, providing ascetic value, in addition to 

functionality. 

Marginal Water Plants

Marginal water plants are a great way to soften the edges of your pond and add life above the water surface. Marginal water plants like their roots wet and live around and add interest to the water’s edge. Many marginal plants also attract wildlife to the pond, such as hummingbirds and butterflies.

Water Lilies

Water lilies are a stunningly beautiful addition to any pond. They add a level of sophistication, while providing benefits to your pond, such as, keeping it cooler. Some even have the added benefit of producing a great smell to accompany their ascetical beauty. Water lilies can come in a variety of colors ranging from white to pink. 

Pond-in-a-Pot

If you want the simplest way to have a beautiful pond garden, check out our Pond-in-a-Pot series. These premade mixes take all the guesswork out of selecting a beautifully balanced combination for your pond. These mixes can even be used as a deck planter as long as they stay. These planters are available in both a hardy version that can be left out year round and in a tropical version for added uniqueness. 

Set Up & Care

Set up of your pond area is important to a successful venture. You should begin the process in the late spring when it seems we will not receive another heavy frost. The first important factor is to select a sunny location. Before adding the plants to your pond, ensure that the water has reached ‘room temperature’ and has 12 to 24 hours to sit to allow the chlorine to evaporate. Selecting a proper balance of plants depending on your pond size is also important. Look below to consult with our chart to ensure you have selected the correct amount of each type of plant. Your aquatic plants will need to be fertilized every 2-3 weeks during the growing season. Press a fish-friendly fertilizer pellet into the soil every 2-3 weeks to feed your plants. Trim your plants to maintain healthy growth and environment. If you have water lilies, only allow them to cover up to 70% of the water’s surface.