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Aquatic plants are an integral and essential addition to any pond’s ecosystem.  Plants placed in and around the pond are not only beautiful landscape features, they also contribute to the health of fish in the pond, and the system as a whole. 

All aquatic plants contribute to the health and biological balance of the pond as they oxygenate the water and consume nutrients that would otherwise build up contributing to issues with water quality and/or just end up feeding unwanted algae.  Root systems serve as added filtration and marginal plants help to prevent leachate from possible contaminants.  

It is important to design your pondscape to support the aquatic plants you will want to have in and around the pond.  There are four main categories of aquatic plants; submerged, emergent, floating and lilies/lotuses.  Each type has specific site and depth requirements and should be accommodated accordingly, or you will face unexpected challenges once you are ready to plant.  

Shallow shelves are a helpful way to create spaces that a potted plant could be placed and flat rocks around the water’s edge can support marginal plants while maintaining a natural look and feel.  Floating plants and water lilies will provide shade and cover from possible predators, which is beneficial to fish, as fully exposed fish are noticeably more unsettled than fish in a pond with built in caves and generous plant cover.

When considering the design for the aquatic garden,  remember to envision the look and feel you want this space to provide.  Taller plants can create some privacy, such as canna lilies or reeds, wispy grasses that move in the breeze will add to the feeling of fluidity and movement that compliments the flowing water.  It is best to have some of each type of aquatic plant as the combination of sizes, colours, and textures is what provides interest and appeal in any landscape.  

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