We offer a wonderful assortment of aquatic plants to enrich and enhance the look and water quality of your pond or water feature.
We look for the unusual and unique water plants that are not so readily available. We keep a decent stock of plants available throughout the season, starting in the spring once weather conditions are suitable. Usually our plants are availabe during the last weekend in May for hardy plants, and after the first of June for the tropicals.
Aquatic plants are a great asset to any garden pond. Not only do they give the pond a more natural appearance, but they can help maintain the pond's ecosystem. All plants will use available nutrients in the pond’s water and compete with the various types of algae that reduce water clarity and contribute to green water. They are a very necessary element in the pond’s ecosystem and help remove waste products from the water.
There are four categories of aquatic plants:
Marginal Aquqtic Plants
Marginal Aquatic Plants: these are for shallow areas. Good examples are rushes and grasses and some flowering plants like Marsh Marigold and Pickerel Rush. These plants do not float.
Deep Water Pond Plants
Deep Water Pond Plants: plant these at least 30cm down. An example of this type of plant is the water lily. Water lilies help with shade that in turn helps control algae bloom, and keeps water cooler and provides cover for fish from predators. They provide landing pads and egg holders for wildlife and insects - plus they are gorgeous when in bloom.
Floating Plants : these are aquatic plants which float on the surface and offer the benefits of shade and cover for fish. These plants have fine, hair-like root systems which the plant uses to filter out nutrients for it’s survival and competes with algae. An example of this type of pond plant is the water hyacinth.
Oxygenator Aquatic Plants
Oxygenator Aquatic Plants: these functional pond plants are submerged. They feed on mineral salts at night and during the day provide oxygen. These plants also provide food and shelter for pond fish. Usually, oxygenator plants are distinguished by their thin, delicate leaves. You should also combine many different varieties of these pond plants to be effective. An examples are parrot’s feather, hornwort and mare’s tail.
Keep in mind that different aquatic plants need to be planted at different and specific depths. Also, to prevent your fish from burrowing into your plants and uprooting them, which will cause many problems, an inch of large rocks or pea gravel might be wise to put on the surface of the pot or planting basket.
Floating baskets or planting islands are also a wonderful way to help cover a ponds surface, especially in ponds that were not built with various levels or shelves to accommodate marginal plants at their required depths.
There are fertilization products you can apply when preparing the plants for the pond to support the best growth and health of your aquatic plants. Also available are nets that surround the plants' perimeter to keep them protected from the fish.
You must resist the temptation of digging up plants from local natural ponds. Some of these plants may have diseases, may have thorny roots which may burst your liner and the removal of some pond plants can be restricted by law.
We will be expanding this page to include pictures and information of the variuos plants and how they contribute to water quality and the total balance of your pond’s ecosystem!