From colorful water lilies that dance on the pond’s surface to aquatic Forget-Me-Nots that hug the edges of your water garden, it’s the amazing pond plants that put the “garden” in “water garden.” You can apply many of the same tips and guidelines you use to create your terrestrial flower beds. Things like color, height, and planting conditions are things you’ll want to consider when it comes to naturalizing your pond with plants.
Create Interest with Variety. Random placement of plants with different colors and textures will create more interest than using plants that have all the same growth habit or leaf shape. Consider how Mother Nature feels more random than anything else.
Group Plants Together. Remember to group like objects together will create visual impact. Plant a row of marsh marigolds along a stretch of the ponds edge, as opposed to dotting them all around the pond in single locations.
Short in Front, Tall in Back. This might seem like a no-brainer, but in order to not lose the visual impact of plants, always put shorter plants in front of taller ones. Keep in mind where you generally view your pond from and plan your pond plantings from that place, whether your deck, patio or sunroom window.
Go Green. A soft, calming space is created by using different textures and shades of green foliage. The combination is effective on its own, but also looks great when accented by pops of colorful flowers. You can also play with color based on leaf selection alone, since you’ll find aquatic foliage in a range of colors such as red, purple, yellow, and several variegated combinations.
Consider Each Plant’s Needs. Be mindful of how much sun your aquatic plants require, along with their planting depth. If a plant requires full sun, that’s a minimum of 6 hours of unobstructed sun per day. If you’re not sure what your plant needs, ask the pro at your local garden center or search online for information.
Play with Colors. Choose colors you like best and consider the type of lighting your pond receives. Yellow, orange, and white help brighten shady areas, while cool blue and violet tone down the intensity of the sun’s rays.
Pond Size Gallons of Water Marginal Plants Water Lillies
4x6 300 7 1
8x11 500 11 1
11x11 700 12 2
11x16 1000 14 2-3
16x16 1500 16 3
16x21 2000 17 4
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