PLANTS FOR WATER GARDENS
Water garden plants or aquatic plants are decorative items in your water garden. They act as a food for fishes or act as a fertilizer to other aquatic plants.
Water garden plants can be classified as:
Marginal water garden plants
Floating leaf water garden plants such as water lilies
Floating water garden plants
Submerged water garden plants
Marginal water garden plants usually nurture in moist soil near the pond or shallow water areas within the pond. Marginal water garden plants cover the majority of aquatic plants. Some of the marginal plants are listed below:
Variegated Sweet Flag
Ogon Sweet Flag
Siberian Pink Cups
China Doll Cannas
Violet Stem Taro
Floating leaf water garden plants such as water lilies or other floating leaf plants have their roots in the soil under the pond water while its flowers and leaves float on the pond water surface.
Water lilies can be classified nto two categories known as hardy and tropical water
Hardy water lilies blossom during the day time while tropical water lilies blossom during day and night. Water lilies have different colors such as yellow, white, pink and red water lilies. Some of them are fragrant.
Floating water garden plants keep your pond clean by reducing the algae by competing with them for food and nutrient. They cover the water pond and keep pond water cool by screening the sun light.
Water hyacinth, frog bit, fairy moss and water lettuce are some common plants acting as natural water filters. Water hyacinth does have some commercial value too.
Submerged water garden plants release oxygen during the day time and reduce nutrients for the algae. Plants under this category act as protective cover useful for fish by generating spawning areas. Thus, plants for water gardens show multifunctional behavior and occur in multicolored structures generating an exciting addition to your landscaping.