AQUATIC PLANTS are top-notch filtration systems. Your goal is to have the plants cover 60% of the water’s surface in order to balance your water garden. You will need each of the following:
- Submersible Plants – live under the water and is the oxygenation. It’s vital role is to balance the pond by competing with algae for dissolved nutrients.
- Floating Plants – Such as a hardy water lily that covers the surface and works as your horizontal design element.
- Check the plant’s size and light requirements
- The shade of the plant will inhibit algae growth
- Floating leaves also protect goldfish
- Water Lilies smell beautiful
- They are not only visually appealing but also attract wildlife such as birds, butterflies, hummingbirds and dragon flies.
3. Hardy Bog or Marginal Plant – lives between 0-6″ below the water’s surface. This is the distance between the water’s surface and the top of the pot.
- Plant roots act as a filter
- This is your vertical design element
- Also attract wildlife (as stated above)
Note: Plant your water garden in the early morning or on a cloudy day so the plants do not dry out. Pre-potted plants are heavy, lift and move them carefully. The buoyancy of the water will help make them lighter while you are arranging them.