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Ideas about the Design of a Unique Water Garden


There are many different types of water garden designs, ranging from a tropical paradise of several acres to a boggy spot in your backyard that you have used as is rather than putting in expensive drainage, or a simple water feature in a tiny courtyard.

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For Those who love wet feet

A wet spot in your yard can be utilized by adding the type of plants that love wet feet. The run-off from the downpipes has to go somewhere and it very often ends up creating a spot in the yard that is too wet for many plants. This is the ideal place to create your water garden. A water garden is one that will be easy to manage because it depends a lot on plants that are natural to your area rather than exotics that must be molly-coddled to make them grow well.Water Garden Pond

Plants that do Well

Many exotic plants have been around for so long that we tend to think of them as the normal plants instead of native vegetation.
The plants that grow naturally in a region are more likely to do well in your water garden – so long as they are the type that like damp to wet soil.

The water plants that you purchase will depend on just what type of water garden you want. For the perimeter of your pond or bog, you’ll need marginal water plants such as the yellow marsh marigold, Cannae or taro varieties, papyrus, umbrella palm and some irises to name just a few. There are so many to choose from that you’ll be hard put to decide.
Lotus Floating Solar Landscape Light and Fountain

Lotus Floating Solar Landscape Light and Fountain

For plants that actually grow in the water there are the water lilies, the scarlet cardinal flower that likes shallow water, the bog bean with runners that spread across the top of water. Fairy moss and the water hyacinth are two that float on the water. The latter has a filtering system that will aid in controlling the nutrients in your pond.

Oxygen Producing underwater plants

If you have a pond, you’ll need submerged plants to release oxygen into the water, reduce the growth of algae and provide cover for fish. Cabomba Caroliniana, Sagittaria Natans and Hornwort are three for this task.

The subtle beauty of natural plants has been overlooked for too long. Gardens have become slave-masters, eating into our precious time that could be spent with our children, or relaxing, to recover from the frenzied pace of our weekday lives. So to give yourself some extra time, restore natural beauty to your yard and teach your children to appreciate the wonders of nature, consider creating a water garden.