Water gardens are a great hobby and has many advantages over land gardens and lawns. Small backyard ponds can be turned into a creative piece of natural art, a living organism that looks great and functions even better.
One of the most important parts of a water garden are the plants you choose to inhabit your pond (duh!). Water gardens not only look great though but they also contribute to the ecosystem’s balance.
Importance of a Water Garden. There are different water vegetation types, and each type has its advantages. We’ve covered the different types of plants and their advantages before, so on this post we will focus on which specific plants you can add to your pond or lake to create a sustainable ecosystem.
Best Plants for Water Garden. Different water plants bring different things to the table. All of them have one thing in common: although they do it through different means, they all help control algae growth and create a cleaner, healthier water body for themselves, animals and other plants around them.
Lotus. Probably the most traditional water plant in the world, the lotus is filled with grace and has been featured in folk and pop culture for centuries. Filled with mysterious meanings and symbolism, the lotus provides your garden with graceful and colorful blooming flowers that match their exotic leaves to a tee. Their large flowers and leaves limit the amount of light that goes into a lake or pond, inhibiting algae growth.
Louisiana Iris. This North America native features a large array of different breeds and hybrids which give them a big variety of color, shapes and sizes. They require a large amount of sunlight to grow, and they are usually found sitting on the shallow edges of lakes and ponds. Their long bodies help block out sunlight to prevent algae growth and development.
Pitcher Plant. Out of an insect horror movie comes Sarracenia Hybrids, also known as the pitcher plant. This seemingly harmless hybrid is one of the less-known carnivorous plants you can feature in your water garden. It snacks on insects and
blooms beautiful red, yellow, green or purple flowers making it beautiful and useful.
Japanese Primrose. Fit to inhabit pond and lake edges, the japanese primrose is a beautiful, multicolored plant that will give your water body a touch of color and fresh smells. The japanese primrose thrives in acidic soil, making it fit for otherwise hazardous conditions.
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