Four pond plants types you need to know about now

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Not only can plants make ponds looks amazing, but they are super functional and can turn any pond into a haven for wildlife.

Offering natural filtration as they can absorb harmful chemicals and metals from your pond water, they also force algae to stop growing by using the nutrients algae would otherwise use to thrive.

We’re going to look at four types of pond plant which bring different benefits to your pond.

  1. Submerged or Deep Water Plants, as the name suggests, grow underneath the water’s surface and provide great cover for wildlife in your pond while providing oxygenating properties. Plants to consider include:

  • Hornwort

A favourite among pond owners because of it’s oxygenating properties, this plant is easy to grow even for first time pond owners.

  • Eelgrass

Popular for fresh water habitats and doesn’t need much tending too. It also comes in several varieties which differ in size which means its suitable for any size pond.

  1. Marginal Water Pond Plants are those which grow around the outside of the pond where the water is shallow. Usually, the water only covers the pot by a few inches, leaving most of the plant above water level. Plants to consider:

  • Horsetail

Popular because of its bamboo-like appearance, easy care and quick growth.

  • Iris

With many different varieties available, the Iris is a favourite as it brings a splash of colour to the pond and garden.

  1.  Oxygenating Pond Plants provide your pond with oxygen which is necessary to keep algae at bay and avoid having a green, mucky pond! Any pond fish also need oxygen to survive. Plants to consider:

  • Callitriche

Pretty and delicate, it floats on the pond’s surface and is great for small spaces due to its slow growth.

This popular plant blooms white flowers in May and is suitable for ponds with running water

  1. Floating Pond Plants can provide cover for your fish and keep the pond cooler in the summer. Algae generally thrives in sunlight so floating plants can prevent this. Plants to consider:

  • Water Lettuce

Easy care and provides refuge for young fish and frogs. Also aids in filtering harmful nitrates from the water.

  • Water hyacinth

A popular choice for those wanting to add a splash of colour. This easy to grow plant does need to be looked after regularly to prevent it from taking over your pond entirely.

To make your pond look amazing and provide a brilliant ecosystem to your garden it is best to have a selection of different kinds of plants. It is important to research which plants work well together and don’t prevent others from thriving.

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