Want a Pond? Get your feet wet with water plants!
Water gardening can be a great way to turn a plain stagnating pond into a verdant life-filled spring. Water plants, typically grown year-round in greenhouses, possess many advantages that can help your pond or water garden really start to blossom.
Submerged beneath the water's surface, these plants release oxygen gas into the water as a byproduct of the photosynthesis processes they complete during the day. By removing excess nutrients, oxygenators reduce algal growth, and serve marine inhabitants as protective cover and spawning grounds. A good example of this variety is the Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum) plant, which can grow well anchored in pea gravel or free floating.
These water plants grow well in hydrous soil near the water garden's edge or in shallow water, and include many rushes such as Golden Sword (Baumea rubinginosa) and scented flowering plants that bloom in summer. Most water plants are marginal.