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Before you buy aquatic plants you need to know something about the different types that are
available. In the center of your pond you can plant water lilies and oxygenators which need deep water. Here you
can also grow the floating plants such as the water hyacinth. On the shelf at the edges of your pond you can grow
the marginal plants that prefer a planting depth of about a foot. Bog plants can be grown outside your pond
provided that the soil is always wet.
The rule of thumb for deciding how many plants to grow in your pond is two
oxygenators, one water lily and one marginal to each square metre of water surface. The oxygenators remain
submerged but provide oxygen and are essential to help to control the growth of algae in the water. There are
several varieties of oxygenators but, since some can become rather invasive, you are advised to consult you local
water garden as to the best type for your locality.
Water lilies are available in many different colors. When choosing water lilies color is probably
the most important factor although size, scent and water depth are other characteristics of these plants. The most
popular varieties are Carnea (pink water lilies) and Alba (white water lilies). Do make sure that at least 1/3 of
the water surface is left uncovered. Water lilies can be very vigorous growers.
When considering marginal plants you have a wide choice. The Marsh Marigold, Reed Mace, Pickerel,
Water Buttons, Bog Primula are typical examples. Some others to consider are Bean Bog, Dwarf Cattail, Globe Flower,
Flag Iris and Sweet Flag Water Grass. Also the elegant Zantedeschia or Arum Lily.
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