Great plants for ponds to consider
Plants for ponds most used
If we look for plants for ponds, it is not a bad idea to look at those that are most used. Some for its incredible beauty and others, because they are necessary to keep our pond healthy and in good condition.
Having a water garden allows us to enjoy plants and flowers that we can not grow elsewhere. Next, we will see eight of the most used pond plants, with information on why pond owners love them and why they are necessary for our aquatic garden.
1. NELUMBO NUCIFERA (Lotus flower)
The beautiful lotus flower, often confused with water lilies, is one of the most beautiful options especially for large ponds, as its leaves and flowers grow vertically, above water, not resting on the surface. They are of Asian origin and require a good depth to root their roots (at least 60 centimeters), they reproduce a lot, hence they need a large pond, unless you divide their rhizomes more frequently.
This aquatic plant prefers to receive direct light throughout the day and one of its best characteristics is that it is very resistant to pests and diseases. Another detail to keep in mind is that they do not support sub-zero temperatures.
It should be planted in spring and flowering occurs in summer and its flowers are usually bright pink.
Here you will find more information about the lotus flower
2. NYMPHAEA (Water lily)
This beauty, in my humble opinion, is inevitably necessary for most ponds. It has the peculiarity of growing rapidly, so that, even, it is not necessary to add more plants to the pond. It produces a large number of leaves and flowers during the summer and can be placed in the deepest areas of the water garden. They are planted in special containers with a quality substrate based on silt and the addition of a fertilizer for slow-release water lilies is recommended. There are more than 1700 species of water lilies and each one has its particularities, some only open their flowers at night, others are cooler waters, others tropical … In short, there will always be a nymphaea for our climate. They generally enjoy open and sunny places and have few demands. They are planted in special baskets for ponds.
3. EGERIA DENSA (Elodea)
This species in our list of plants for ponds is not noted for its “appreciable” beauty. It is an oxygenating plant very beneficial for our pond. Its most optimal form of growth is submerged under water, and although, as mentions, we will not be able to enjoy its beauty on the surface as in other aquatic plants, it plays a vital role in the health of the pond, so which is a very popular option for water gardens. It is a very easy to grow specimen and requires good lighting, it can grow up to one meter. It is rooted to the ground with fine roots.
4. STATIOTES ALOIDES (Aquatic Pita)
This species is within the family of plants for ponds that float, that is, they do not require soil and their roots simply float below the surface of the water. They are mostly used for their spectacular decorative effect and because they can float anywhere in the pond, they also look great in groups. It has pointy leaves and blooms in summer. During the fall, they submerge and remain that way until spring. They require deep water.