Selecting the perfect combination of pond plants for your backyard pond doesn’t require a degree in horticulture from a prestigious college. The average consumer can choose the right type by considering a number of factors such as climate and the pond’s size. To review every type of pond plant would mean this article would be pages upon pages long. For the sake of simplification, three popular pond plants are described below:
1.) Water Lilies – these pond plants that have roots that are embedded in the pond bed with their leaves and flowers exposed on the surface. There are two main types of water lilies: hardy and tropical. Hardy lilies bloom during the day while tropical bloom during the night. In terms of climates, hardy lilies are more conducive for the northern hemisphere. One major drawback of lilies is that they are an invasive species meaning if not controlled, they can take over your pond. Cutting the top growth can help in controlling these plants.
2.) Lotus – the lotus is considered one of the most beautiful of all pond plants. The flower of the lotus has particular significance in Buddhist and Hindu religions. These plants have roots that are anchored into the pond bed while their leaves and flowers are exposed on the surface. The broad leaf structure supports a small stem that blossoms into the flower. Popular colors are white and pale yellow making these a great choice for backyard ponds located in temperate climates.
3.) Elephant Ears – these plants are known as Taro in Asian cultures and are often grown as food. However, the pond plants familiar to backyard pond owners are strictly known as elephant ears and are grown for ornamental reasons. Their roots extend into the ponds bed and they have broad green leaves. These leaves reach up to 24” in length and come clustered together forming the image of elephant ears with their leaves. What makes these plants particularly attractive to pond owners is the fact that their easy to maintain and don’t overgrow.
By combining these particular pond plants you can tap into a broad spectrum of the species available in nature today. Each of these plants can bring a unique aspect to your backyard pond whether its color, leaf pattern or both. Not only are these plants beautiful to look at, they all play an important biological role in your pond’s ecological system.