Garden Ponds

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Garden ponds can take two forms. The most simple is the kind of pond that simply exists in a garden. Another is the kind of pond that is literally a garden unto itself. There are many plants available for ponds to create a beautiful floral landscape.

Plants for Garden Ponds

Water lilies are probably the most popular types of plants used in garden ponds. The flowering kind can be particularly attractive. Water lilies also do a good job of creating shelter for fish and a place for them to hide from birds and cats.

With water lilies, keep in mind that they need to be planted in rich soil and fertilized on a regular basis. Fertilizer pellets are recommended by many experts as this will allow a water lily to feed slowly without dirtying up the water. After all, who wants to dump manure into their pond? Water lilies, when planted in their pots, should also be placed on some kind of elevated structure like a block of wood or a bucket. If you put the planters they are in on the bottom of the pond right away, the leaves will be too far from the surface of the water and they will not thrive. As the plant grows, lower the planter until you can finally place it on the pond bottom.

Other plants for garden ponds can include anacharis grass, water hyacinths, and water lettuce. They are not as attractive as lilies but they do a better job of keeping a pond clean and adding to its overall ecological health. When fish are living in the pond, these kinds of plants are especially important to provide them with food and a means of absorbing their waste.

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