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By : Kevin Portman    99 or more times read
The choice of plants for a new bed or border which you will have created as part of your garden is up to you. Taking into consideration the amount of light and soil type that are present you will have an unlimited range of plants from which to make your choice, depending on your likes and dislikes. Roses on their very own or mixed with other plants. Bedding plants or Bamboo, it is up for your requirements entirely.

One of several basic rules for creating a successful water garden is that stocking seriously isn't just up to anyone with a desire to have an exquisite pond. Stocking calls for bringing together a variety of ingredients, both plant and animal, in order that a healthy and stable balance is maintained. It will likely be necessary to introduce some uninteresting plants without any ornamental value because they help to keep the water clear. You will also have to be sure that a certain amount of the water surface is covered by foliage, whether you like it or not.

You might soon discover that choosing specimen from the aquatic centre or catalogue merely because it looks the most attractive can be a big mistake. The showiest fish would require a far larger than average pond in addition to an ice-free environment for the winter months. Some fairly strict rules, then, for making the proper choice of stocking material.

Additionally there are actually rules regarding time for stocking the pond. To start with, plants should be introduced throughout the growing season and make sure you wait a couple of days after the pond is filled with fresh tap water. This enables the dissolved chlorine to disperse. The second rule is that you should leave Four weeks between planting before introduction of fish. The reason for this is that fish tug at submerged plants and nibble on the leaves, so Water Lillies, Marginals, Oxygenators etc should be allowed to establish themselves before being exposed to Goldfish, Shubunkins or some other type of fish.

There are actually 6 groups of pond plants that you should consider:

  1. Water Lillies, roots submerged, leaves on the surface and flowers on or above the water surface.

  2. Deep Water Aquatics, roots submerged, leaves on the surface and flowers on or above the surface.

  3. Floaters, roots submerged, leaves and stems free-floating on or just under the surface as well as flowers, if any, on or above the surface.

  4. Bog Plants, roots in moist soil but not permanently submerged in water, leaves and flowers clearly above the surface.

  5. Oxygenators, roots and stems submerged, leaves nearly always submerged and the flowers, if any, on or above the surface.

  6. Finally, fitting new have the Marginals, roots submerged, leaves and flowers clearly above the surface.


There is certainly far too many types of each group to cover in one article but I will write in more detail a greater description of every group as soon as I can. The principle thing to remember when stocking your pond is to possess a very good look at the plants on offer and try to know the function of each group of plants. This can be vital to the survival of the ponds life.


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