Like any other plants, water plants should be clean, fresh-looking and vigorous. Look for specimens that are growing in tanks that are free from duckweed and algae to avoid introducing them into your pond. Also check the plants to see if the undersides of the leaves are free from jelly-like deposits of snails or whelk eggs and that there are no strands of blanket-weed in the foliage. Once you will involuntary introduce these to you pond it will be hard to get rid of them.Read More »
If you have a pond in your garden, sooner or later you will want to add some fish into it or other water creatures. Of course you will have wildlife visitors but you might want to have some permanent living creatures in your pond.Read More »
A water feature is an irresistible attraction in any garden no matter how small or big the garden is. Water features vary in type and size and you will always find the right one for your garden. You can find the suitable water feature for every setting. Creating a water feature in your garden you will provide habitat for a specific range of plants as well as attracting a wide range of wildlife into your garden, including newts, frogs, toads, dragonflies and maybe even water birds, depending on how big and wildlife friendly your water feature is.Read More »
A bog garden contains permanently moist soil and allows you to grow plants that are well-adapted to such conditions. Bog gardens associate well with water features, helping to integrate them into the wider garden. They can also make an attractively lush feature in their own right. Mid spring is an ideal time to make a new bog garden.
Using flexible liner when you create your garden pond is easier to extend the excavation to create a depression of 45 cm deep for an adjacent bog garden. Buy a piece of liner that is large enough to cover both areas and lay it on a bad of sand. The piece of liner that is covering the bog garden needs to be perforated with few holes and lined with a layer of gravel of 5 cm deep to provide a good drainage.Read More »
One of the most common plant that we grow in our ponds is Nymphaea, on its common name of water lily. They are a graceful addition to any kind of pond, whether is a formal pond, a natural setting or a city courtyard, by their elegant floating cups and lush foliage. Their foliage also help to keep the water clear because they are large and create shade, thing that is helpful to control the growth of algae.
Their flowers vary in shape from star-like to globlet-shaped and peony blooms and color from the purest white to cream, shades of red, yellow or blue. Some of them have even perfumed flowers. Most of them bloom in the daytime but there are some that open at sundown.
They will like a place where will be full sun several hours a day, a calm water at about 20 degrees Celsius (68 F). They will need full sun for a rich bloom, otherwise they will only develop a mass of leaves and only few flowers.Read More »
We use plants in any garden design, so the plants are important also in the water garden design. Plants with lush foliage and flowers enhance the pool and link it with the rest of the garden. Plants are vital to maintain clear water in the pool and to oxygenate the water if the pool contains fish. Plants should be introduced into the pool during their growing season and planted in containers (lined baskets, plastic tubs, dishpans, clay pots) to prevent them from spreading and overcrowding. Fish can be introduced into the pool 2-3 weeks after planting the plants, but it is best to wait about 4-5 weeks in order to give enough time for the plants to get established.
There are specific type of plants that are suitable for a water garden design. They range from plants that thrive in deep water to plants that require moist soil only around their root tips. There are six main categories of plants that are used in a water garden design: oxygenators, deep-water plants, surface floaters, marginals, bog plants and moisture-loving plants. A properly planted mix of all of those types of plants will ensures a thriving and self-sustaining system.Read More »
Aquatic plants add color and structure to a pond and they are also essential for the well-being of the pond life. Floating plants leaves are shading part of the surface and discourage the rapid developing of algae. Submerged, oxygenating plants revitalize and oxygenate the pond water. The roots of aquatic plants also play a good part in removing minerals on which the algae feed so the algae are discouraged to form in your pond.
Water hawthorn (Aponogeton distachyos) is an aquatic plant with long, oval, floating leaves that grow from a tuberous rhizome and bears white, sweetly scented hawthorn-like flowers, with purple-brown anthers that open in spring and autumn. The flowers are held just above the water surface on forked branches. It is adapted to growing in ponds and vleis which dry up in summer. The dormant tubers sprout again as soon as the pools fill in autumn. If you want to propagate this plant divide the rhizomes of mature plants when the plant is in its dormant period and repot them into aquatic baskets. Roots must be 30-90 cm deep in the water. The seeds of Water hawthorn germinate freely on the water surface so the young seedlings can be collected and grown on. They will reach flowering size in one growing season given ideal conditions.Read More »
When we say miniature pond we are talking about a water garden in a container. Those water gardens in containers are suitable for small gardens, where the space does not allow the building of conventional ponds or installing preformed pond kits.
There are few factors that will determine the success of a container water garden. The plants that you will buy must be carefully selected and then placed in their appropriate light conditions in order to survive and achieve their potential. The container should be big enough, blend with the surroundings where you intend to place it and provide an adequate depth and surface area of water to suit the plants that you have chosen. Some plants that are vigorous can quickly take over the whole container if you will fail to exercise proper control. The surface should also be partly covered with foliage so the water does not become fouled by algal growth.Read More »
At the edge of the ponds and streams is the perfect place for marginals - plants that like to grow in shallow water. Those plants are important for pond wildlife. Bog garden plants like moist soil but with a good drainage, they don't like to stay in water or in waterlogged soils. Those plants are used to make the connection between the pond and the rest of the garden.
Flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus) is a rhizomatous perennial, marginal plant, with tall, rush-like foliage and showy umbels of flagrant pink flowers that appear in late summer. It can grow in water that can vary between 5-25 cm deep. Propagation can be done by dividing the rhizomes in early spring, just before the plant that its growth.
Marsh marigold or Kingcup (Caltha palustris) is a herbaceous perennial, marginal plant, easy to grow. It has deep green foliage with rounded to kidney-shaped leaves and waxy texture. and bright yellow, waxy flowers that appear in spring. It grows well in boggy ground or very shallow water of about 15 cm deep. It will grow and spread into good clumps but will not become invasive. Propagate by division of the clump in early spring or late summer.Read More »