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The Best Plants for Your Water Garden

red-flowered species I. fulva. Name: Iris fulva Growing Conditions: Full sun, PONDSIDE Size: 3 feet tall Zones: 5-9

from Get Busy Gardening

Keeping Pond Water Clear the Natural Way

During the summer, algae growth can be a huge problem in garden ponds. The great news is that there is an easy way to keep pond water clear without using expensive chemicals. Here's how.


Eight Most Popular Pond Plants - While some are chosen for their beauty, other pond plants are necessary for a pond’s health. This article includes a list of eight of the most popular pond plants and information as to why people love them.

from HGTV

Choosing Pond Plants

Grow creeping Jenny as a groundcover, around and between the rocks in your pond or in submerged containers. It thrives in moist soil or water up to an inch deep, in full sun to part shade. The plants have chartreuse leaves, tiny yellow flowers and a trailing growth habit. Recommended for zones 3 to 10, it can be invasive but is easily managed by pulling. Never discard the plants in lakes or public waterways where they can spread.

from SF Gate

How to Plant Pond Plants Without Soil

Most pond plants do not need soil to grow. Fish waste and decaying fish food may be enough to meet pond plants' nutritional requirements. If the pond is not stocked with fish or you need a little extra nutrition, a liquid fertilizer formulated for ponds will provide it through the water. Soil can actually increase the growth of bacteria around plant roots. Soil also seeps out of its designated area, muddying pond water and clogging filters.


I saw this at the fair; make your own water feature. Aquatic plants growing in barrel. Miniature lily pads! Love it. Making this next spring!

from Better Homes and Gardens

The Best Plants for Your Water Garden

Canna-Cannas are favorite, old-fashioned plants that you may not have considered for the water garden. They add a refreshing, tropical feel to your landscape.


Make pond out of a horse trough. Just add water, pond plants, and fish!


Convenient Barley Ball is a Natural Pond Cleaner If you want to keep your pond fresh and clear all summer long, discover what thousands of gardeners already know — there's no better natural solution than barley straw! And our Barley Ball is the most effective and convenient way to dispense barley. Each ball is effective for 3 to 4 months. One barley ball treats ponds from 260 to 2,600 gallons. Convenient, natural way to encourage clearer pond water Safe for fish, pets, plants For best…


Pretty Water garden plants Iris ensata, Primula japonica, ferns, with waterfall and stream with rocks; I am going to have to plant some in our water feature.