Choosing Water Garden Plants

Water garden plants make a wonderful addition to nearly any fish pond. Their lush tropical beauty not only provide a pleasing view, but also enhance the health of your water garden and pond fish.

Most backyard ponds consits not only of surrounding landscaping plants, but also water plants, including submerged plants, floating plants and marginal or bog plants. You can stock your pond with all of the above or any combination. It all depends on the look you want.

White Water Lily

While many people are content to have a water lily or two, I recommend a variety of pond plants for added interest.

Consider color, texture, size and leaf shape when choosing the right pond plant(s). Your climate conditions and sun exposure will also dictate which water plants will survive in your pond.

Most local suppliers will stock water garden plants that are suitable for your area. If you order plants online, however, it may be worth a little homework to determine how well they will do in your climate.

Water Lillies
The water lily is probably the most widely reconizable water garden plant for most people. It is a staple in the typical water garden thrives in a variety on temperatures.

Oxygenators - Submerged Plants
These are the most important aquatic plants you can add to your backyard pond in terms of pond health and fish health.

Floating Plants
If oxygenators are the most important pond plants, then floating plants come in a close second. These plants plant an important role in maintaining a balanced pond.

Marginal Plants
Marginal plants are typically decorative and are usually perennial. Grown in the shallows in ponds, different varieties require varying depths for successful growth.

Bog Plants
Bog plants love moisture and grow in the damp soil at natural pond edges. In man-made ponds special bog areas can be constructed.

An Important Consideration
One important thing to be aware of if you plan to have any kind of aquatic pond plant is the invasive nature of some, particularly floating pond plants.

In the past people have added non-native pond plants to natural ponds that empty into streams and water courses. This can be very harmful to the environment because these non native plants may compete with native plants and even clog streams and waterways, resulting in damage to the local ecosystem.

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