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Pond Plant Trends

Pond plants range in variety and purpose like few other plants in the natural world. From the bottom of the pond, to its edges, various plants accomplish a wide range of functions from water chemistry stability to stunning beauty. For each category of pond plant trends abound as hobbyists continually search for new and exciting ways to enjoy the art of pond keeping.

Submersibles
Submersible pond plants quietly work their magic below the surface. Out of sight they filter excess nutrients from the water and add much needed oxygen for healthy water chemistry. However, as the popularity of pond fish has grown, so too has the need to protect these plants. Fish graze heavily on submersibles, damaging their ability to successfully take hold. A number of manufacturers have now introduced net bags and other barrier devices to keep fish at bay, while allowing these important plants to carryout their vital functions.

Surface Plants
Water lilies and other plants that bloom at the water’s surface add to the allure of the hobby for many consumers. The beauty of these plants creates the all-important wow factor. Because of the desire for added beauty, organizations like the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society sponsor annual competitions for new and exciting hybrid flower forms and foliage variations. The latest and greatest water lilies on the market right now feature exciting purple variegated pads and feathery double blossoms – the result of years worth of careful genetic study and selective breeding.

Free Floating
Plants that float freely upon the water’s surface, like water lettuce and water hyacinth, filter the water with their hanging roots and offer an added dimension of texture. Unfortunately, they multiply rapidly in many climates and have recently escaped into the wild, wreaking havoc on local ecosystems. Their regulation has become increasingly strict over the last few years. Make sure you keep up with local fish and wildlife rules regarding these species.

Marginals
Water gardening plants classed as marginals grow best in the very damp soil of the pond’s edge. They soften the transition from water to land and offer a wide variety of textures and colors consumers enjoy experimenting with. Free floating plant islands have become increasingly popular with hobbyists looking to think outside the box with their use of marginals. Made of buoyant foam, planted islands move about the pond as the wins shifts or can be tethered to stationary objects with monofilament line or with weighted anchors. <HOME>


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