Floating Pond Plants For Your Water Garden
Floating water plants are plants that do not need to be planted in soil
but, trail their
roots in the water and float about your pond or water garden. Floating
water plants not only add interest and texture to your water garden but
useful purposes as well.
The Benefits Of Floating Plants
Floating water plants compete with algae for the nutrients in your water
garden. This competition results in less algae and a cleaner pond.
Floating water plants also provide shade for fish and surface cover for
your pond. In addition since they require no planting they are simple
and easy to add to your water garden.
No more than 50% of your pond should have plant life and floating pond water plants should cover no more
than 1/3 of your water garden's surface.
If you are looking for some interesting floating pond plants for your
water garden, you might be interested in one of these varieties of
Water hyacinths are native to South America but due to their large
purple or pink flowers they have become a popular water garden plant in
America as well.
When starting these plants in your water garden it is best to begin them
in a shaded area in your pond and once the root system has
begun to grow move them to a sunnier location.
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Another popular pond plant is Fairy Moss. This plant is native to North
America. It has small, fuzzy finely toothed leaves with rounded edges.
These plants are bright green in the summer and red in the spring. Fairy
moss winters well, it simply freezes in the ice going dormant over the
winter and begins to grow again in the spring.
Frogbit have interesting leathery heart shaped leaves small white
flowers that grow on stalks about 1/3 as tall as leaves. While not much
at alone floating on a pond this is a beautiful plant that adds both
beauty and texture to your water garden.
Water lettuce is a love it or hate it kind of floating water plant.
Considered highly invasive in the wild there are many states where
temperatures are mild that forbid the sale of this plant.
However, if you live in a climate where this plant dies out over the winter you may
find this lettuce shaped plant with dark green leaves desirable for your water garden.
This is a plant that depending on the look you want can
be grown in the shade or in the sun. If grown in sunlight, the leaves
will open and spread out, but when grown in shade remain tight and look
almost like green rose buds.
There are other floating pond plants as well such as water chestnuts,
parrots feather and Sensitive plant. While floating water plants do not
require planting, they do require thinning as these are fast growing
pond water plants and can rob the water of much needed oxygen if allowed
to grow and cover the entire pond. Thinning should be done on a regular
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