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Water plants
Water plants are a must when you have a pond. As well as looking beautiful, they will help your pond to blend in with the rest of the garden. They also provide breeding places for water wildlife, such as dragonflies and fish. By shading the water they help to control the temperature. Their roots absorb nutrients that might otherwise foul the water, and submerged oxygenating plants are the ponds very own ‘air conditioners’.
Types of water plant
  • Submerged aquatics live completely under water. They are the oxygenating plants you often see releasing streams of air bubbles in sunlight. Some types are more efficient oxygenators than others.
  • Deep-water aquatics have their roots in water that is 45cm (18in) or more in depth. Their leaves stand out above the water or float on the surface.
  • Marginal plants grow in the shallow water around the edge of a pond in planting baskets standing submerged in water.
  • Free-floating plants drift about on the surface of the pond with their roots dangling in the water.
4. Water garden

Pond basics
Water features
Water garden plants
Water garden planting
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