Water in the garden adds a magical touch that is hard to resist. Adding plants to a water feature accentuates the magic. Water gardens can be any size and can take the form of a pond, a meandering stream, converted bathtub or a bowl with a water hyacinth on a patio table. Rain gardens are included under the category of water gardens.
Waterplants fall into four categories: floaters, marginal plants, oxygenators and bog plants.
One thing to remember when picking waterplants is that there are hardy waterplants and there are tropical waterplants, so choose wisely.
Water gardens aren’t as hard to deal with as many people believe. One of the most important things to remember is to not constantly change the water if it gets murky. Dirty water is a sign of chemical imbalance, but waterplants will filter out the excessive nutrients, cleaning the water. Murky water can be caused by changing seasons, an influx of nutrients from heavy rains, or excessive debris falling in the water. If the dirty water is replaced by tap water, the chemical imbalance will worsen because the new water will encourage algae blooms. The production of algae blooms will take even longer to balance than the original murky water problem. The best course of action is to leave it alone and let your waterplants take care of the problem. That is what they are there for. In the case of falling leaves, remove as many as possible. This will help the plants do their job. If there is excessive amounts of algae in the water, aka green water, adding floaters will shade out the algae and filter the extra nutrients at the same time.
Water gardens are beautiful and can be a lot of fun, so enjoy.