Pond And Water Garden Plants For Small Water Features
Water gardens are popular with families because they provide a place for relaxing and enjoying nature. However, it is not always easy to maintain such a garden properly. Therefore, some precautions must be taken when designing a small water feature. Here are some tips:
1) Keep the surface area of the pond at least one meter above the bottom of the pool or lake.
2) Do not use gravel as the substrate.
Use sand instead. Sand will absorb less water than gravel does.
3) If possible, do not let the pond drain into a drainage ditch; rather, keep it dry so that it won’t overflow its banks.
4) Avoid using plants that require frequent watering (such as ferns).
They may rot if watered too often and become leached of their color and flavor over time.
5) If you have a large enough space, consider planting trees or shrubs.
These plants will add beauty to your pond and make it look more attractive.
6) Make sure there is plenty of room between the top of the water feature and the bottom of the pool.
Otherwise, water could easily spill out from under it.
7) Consider using a pump that can easily be adjusted.
This allows the water level to be raised and lowered at will.
Pond plants can add so much to any water feature. If you are pondering about what type of plants to use, then the first decision you need to make is whether or not you want invasive plants or non-invasive plants. Invasive plants tend to spread throughout your yard and choke out all other types of vegetation. They can be very difficult to get rid of and require a lot of upkeep.
Non-invasive pond plants, on the other hand, are easier to maintain and will not spread throughout your entire yard. One of the most popular types of pond plants is the Water Lettuce plant (Pistia stratiotes). This plant floats on top of the water and spreads rapidly.
Sources & references used in this article:
Water gardens by M Masser – 2010 – shareok.org
Keeping aquatic plants in their place: common sense tips to protect lakes and rivers by H Crosson – Landscape Online, 2010 – ridnis.ucdavis.edu
Ornamental Ponds & Water Gardens in Texas by T Sink, J Gwinn, H Gerke – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service …, 2014 – fisheries.tamu.edu