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all plants stocked in the pond plant section of your local retailer
are even pond plants, some are garden plants that like moist soil
and will survive a limited time in the pond but eventually drown.
The Arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica), though more of a garden
of my favourites is Marsh marigold or kingcup is an ornamental plant
that also has good water purification properties and provides cover
for aquatic life.
|Monkey musk is a very odd name for such a pretty|
and useful plant. It produces a great display of yellow flowers June to
august sometimes earlier.
Monkey musk grows vigorously removing plenty of
chameleon plant has
great colours the one more common in the trade is the variegated species,
which is either a golden yellow with red or green. Its leaves give off a
scent of orange peel when brushed against and it has lovely small white
flowers in the spring. This plant grows well even into drier area of the
garden and out into open water like the monkey musk the more
you prune it
the more nutrient is removed.
For larger ponds you cant
beat the reedmace, which is mistakenly called the bullrush, which is a
short spiky grass not attractive and very invasive.
The reedmace is excellent at removing waterborne
nutrients from the pond. Many animals find shelter among the stems and you
can also use the seed heads, dried, in flower arranging.
|Lilies of various species are great for a pond. The species depending on|
the size of pond and preferred colour. Colours come in whites, pinks, reds,
coppers and yellows.
Different species like different depths of pond and
Hornwort is a
oxygenating plant and unlike other oxygenators, is free floating. It is the
hardiest of oxygenators and survives where others will not even sometimes in
ponds with hungry koi. Like other oxygenators it grows well so is good for
the water and provides cover for fish and other life, but unlike other
oxygenators, because its free growing you can pull it out with a rake making
Classed as a oxygenator, the
parrots feather plant
tends to grow above the water with lovely fine green fronds These grow well
and are not only great for wild life and fish but cover unsightly areas of
the pond like liner or pipes with a great lush green growth. This is another
fast grower it does need work but again the more it needs pruning the more
nutrient is being removed
Like the monkey musk, the
yellow skunk cabbage is another unfortunately named plant. Named as its said
its blooms smell badly to attract flies but this is unsubstantiated really,
and gives this lovely plant a bad name. Growing to about two feet tall it has
light green oval leaves with freckles. The flowers, which appear in the
spring, can be quite large almost as long as the leaves themselves, which as
stated grow, to about two feet. A fully-grown Yellow skunk cabbage is quite
an impressive plant and makes a great specimen plant for the pond or bog