Plants for Creating Cover on your Garden Pond

Updated: May 9

Floating Pond Plants

At this time of year there are various plants to choose from to create cover on your garden pond. (From April)

Water Lily are probably the most popular plants to give surface cover on your pond. There are lots of colours and varieties to choose from. White are generally the largest and most vigorous growing. You can choose from Pink, Yellow and Red with various colours in between. They are suitable for deep water as they get more established. If you only have a small pond there are 3 pygmy lily varieties Rubra, Helvola and Alba. These are very small lily but well suited to small ponds.

Other options for surface cover will include floating plants. Again there are several varieties available including Water Lettuce, Water Hyacinth, Frog bit and Water Soldier. Floating plants can often be difficult to over winter in the UK.

You could try floating plant baskets. These come in various sizes and you can add a selection of marginal plants of your choice. To create beautiful displays like floating plant islands, a mixture of trailing plants and grasses will look good together. These floating plant baskets are also good for ponds that do not have many marginal shelves. Also the fish cannot get into the pots and dig the plants out. We have some ready planted ones available or you can do your own.

Whatever you choose will be of great benefit to your pond and your fish. They improve the environment, help to reduce algae growth and give shelter to your fish.

We are always happy to help you with choosing the correct plants for your pond.

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