Four Categories You Need To Hit When Adding Plants To Your Water Feature

When you get a new water feature in your yard, chances are good that you're going to want to add plants around it in order to make sure that the water feature looks like it belongs and that it is accentuated. However, you need to make sure that you add the right plants around the water feature in order to make sure that the pond stays clean and healthy. If you add plants from each of these four categories, you can be sure that your water feature will continue to look great.

1. Oxygenators

The first type of plant that you are going to want to add to your water feature is the oxygenator. An oxygenator is a type of plant that releases a great deal of oxygen. These plants are installed directly in your pond. Examples of plants that you can use include Anachris, Hornwort, Vallisneria, and Cabomba. These plants will also help combat the growth of algae in your pond. Another advantage is that these plants provide any fish that you might have in your pond with a measure of shelter so that they can lay their eggs safely.

2. Plants Around the Edge

The next type of plant are the plants that grow in the shallow water of your water feature or in the soil right around the edge of your pond. These should be plants that can easily survive in soil that is constantly submerged or frequently soaked. Examples of these plants include cattails and Japanese Iris. These plants help prevent erosion and essentially frame your water feature so that it fits into the landscape more naturally.

3. Plants At the Surface

You are also going to want to install plants at the top of your water feature. These plants will provide shade to the bottom of your pond, which will make living in the pond more pleasant for any fish. They will also keep the water cooler by blocking the sun's rays and reduce the algae that might grow. Some examples of floating plants that can live on the surface of your pond include water lettuce and floating moss.

4. Plants Around the Pond

Finally, add plants around the pond simply to add decoration to it. Try to avoid any trees or other plants that hang over the pond in order to make sure that nothing drops in the pond that you will have to remove.

For more information, talk to your local landscaper (like Outdoor Solutions Landscaping).