Pond Plants

What's a pond or water feature without splashes of beautiful foliage, dripping with color and texture to tease the eye with varied forms and symmetry! A pond without the plant life it's waters sustain would seem naked and barren. For many, water gardening just is not complete without goldfish and Koi that delight young and old alike. These pages will help you learn about both facets of water gardening.

Pond plants come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Pond plants are normally classified by the level in which they grow in the water.

Marginals, submerged, floating, lily and lily-like. It's amazing to learn about each class of plant and how they contribute to the pond with their unique form and function that has evolved over the millennia. CLICK HERE to link to a page with hundreds of WATER PLANTS listed by common name including pics and descriptions! Easy to use Alphabetical list!!

Marginals such as:  HORSETAIL / REED/ TARO / CAT TAIL / THALIA

These plants grow along the shallow to mid water depths of the pond perimeter. Strong root systems anchor these often large and vertical aspiring plants. Often these members of the pond plant family are referred to as BOG PLANTS.


These plants grow completely underwater in the mid to deep portions of the pond. These plants have a shallow root system that finds it's grip within the mud and rocks. These plants offer a safe haven for fishes and aquatic creatures as well as offer a direct plant to water oxygen exchange. Also referred to as OXYGENATORS.


These plants remain buoyant and float upon the waters surface at the mercy of the wind and current that carries them around the pond. These plants often have a amazing reproduction and growth rate and can quickly overwhelm a pond. For this reason, many states prohibit the possession of said plants, as they quickly congest and overtake natural waterways choking out natural plants and destroying places of water recreation. Invasive yet very beneficial to pond environments, these plants offer fish and pond creatures safety, food, and quickly absorb harmful chemicals and pond nutrients.

*****Click Here***** to review a list of all illegal/invasive plants prohibited in the state of Texas.

Lily-Like plants such as: FROG BIT / FLOATING HEART / SNOWFLAKE

These plants often grow at or slightly above the surface of the water. Often having the same characteristics of a normal size lily, their delicate and miniature pads and small delicate flowers attract their presence in large and small ponds alike.

Lily Plants - The most popular of pond plants as just about everyone makes some kind of connotation to natural bodies of water with the unmistakable vegetation with the flat, broad , green pads that offer a perfect floating perch for frogs and dragonflies alike. Coming in a never ending list of colors flowered varieties and pad sizes this plant definitely is a must have. Lilies are then classified into 2 categories.

Hardy or Tropical.

Hardy lilies characteristics involve a typical flat color green pad. The pads are small to mid size, with soft rounded edges. Many varieties are day bloomers that close as the sun begins to set. From red to white, these lily types grow from a tuber and can withstand temp ranges from being sunk into the cold depths of the pond bottom during winter for their brumation, to soaking up the hot sun in full summer's heat.

Tropical lilies often can be found in mid to large sizes with interesting sharp and triangular shaped pads. Splashes of maroon color on the pads often are another tell tale sign of a tropical. Certain species of this variety have even adapted to have their blooms open at night to take advantage of nocturnal pollinating insects not found during the day.

Be sure to check out the amazing variety of information brought you by some of the best in the LILY WORLD from: www.victoria-adventure.org

Click on the links below to check out their awesome website and info!

The Difference Between Tropicals and Hardies

Quick Guide To Growing Tropical Waterlilies - by Rich Sacher

Potting Waterlilies - by Kit Knotts

Waterlily Planting Instructions - by Sharyn Munn

Growing From Seed - by Kit Knotts

Growing Tropicals From Tuber - by Kit Knotts

Tropical Waterlily Tuber Propagation by Sean Stevens

Tuber Production of Tropical Waterlilies - by Walter Pagels

Viviparous Waterlilies - by Kit Knotts

Repotting Overgrown Tropical Waterlilies - by Kit Knotts

Dividing Tropical Waterlilies - by Kit Knotts

Overwintering Tropical Waterlilies - by Rich Sacher

Thinning Night Blooming Tropicals by Kit Knotts

Caterpillar Attack! - by Kit Knotts (How to identify and control the larvae that afflict waterlilies)

Growing Waterlilies In Dixie Cups by Sean Stevens

Fertilizing Adult Waterlilies

And for the LOTUS LOVERS out there--- Victoria-Adventures brings you an excellent set of web pages devoted to EVERYTHING LOTUS

There are several different tricks and tips that increase the success rate of your lotus. Knowing what a lotus is all about and understanding it's growing requirements is essential to the survival of such a wonderful plant! From making sure you plant your lotus in a ROUND container so the roots don't get trapped to planting it in a shallow container to prompt the plant to send up aerial leaves.





STRING ALGAE - The One Plant You'll Never Want!

String Algae takes over when nutrients in the water come to an all time high. Without other plants and proper filtration to reduce this source in nutrients in the water- string algae soon takes advantage and grows at a feverish pace. Many resort to tactics from ALGAE chemical killers to placing barley straw in the water.

One alternative is using hydrogen peroxide. Check out the fantastic write up by WATER BUG DESIGNS.

Sean's Pond and Patio Garden Website

One of my all time most favorite sites on the net! This site is well laid out with excellent info on water lilies, patio ponds, water lily cultivation, carnivorous plants, aphid control, etc.

This picture is just a sample of some of Sean's beautiful plants that benefit from his amazing array of plant knowledge.

Click on the link or picture to the left to check out some of the best info you'll find on the net about aquatic plants!



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