When it comes to ecosystem ponds, they are much more than a simple body of water. These beautiful additions combine water, stone, and a variety of aquatic plants to create an aesthetically appealing feature for your property. While aquatic plants are a great visual element for ponds, they can also help to keep your water clear and clean. With so many options for aquatic plants, it can be difficult to determine the right choices for your pond. As leading providers of ecosystem ponds, the team at Fontana Ponds & Water Features understands the importance of aquatic plants. That is why we have compiled a list of 5 great aquatic plants for your pond to help you maximize the appeal and health of your ecosystem pond.
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5 Plants That Will Enhance Your Pond
The following plants will enhance the aesthetic appeal and general health of your pond:
Pickerel is a great choice for a variety of ponds due to the variety of colours available. The blue, white, or lavender blooms are long lasting and create a beautiful addition to a pond when planted in masses. They often grow to be about 24-30” in height, helping to create shade for shorter plants.
Taros are tropical plants that produce large leaves with a variety of eye-catching colours and patterns. Though these plants tend to require warmer weather for optimal growth, they can grow to 48” in height. This makes them a great choice for creating shade and adding verticality to your pond.
3. Water Lettuce
If you are looking for a floating aquatic plant that is easy to grow, look no further than water lettuce. These plants produce fuzzy green rosettes of leaves that have a similar appearance to a head of lettuce that floats on the surface of your pond. They are hardy and resilient, thriving in most environments and climates.
4. Blue Iris
A blue iris is an elegant and beautiful addition to any pond that can grow up to 48” in height. Due to this height and their narrow stalks, it is best to plant them in mesh baskets or shallow gravel beds. In addition to their striking appearance, blue irises are highly efficient filter plants that can keep your water clear.
5. Water Lillies
As one of the most popular aquatic plants, water lillies are a common sight on the surface of ecosystem ponds for a reason. With an abundance of colours including red, orange, yellow, blue, green, violet, and white, these beautiful plants are a great addition to any pond. Though they are not well-suited for water filtration, they help to provide shade for the bottom of your pond to sustain a healthy ecosystem.
To learn more about aquatic plants or to inquire about our pond installation services, get in touch with the team at Fontana Ponds & Water Features. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.