Water plants for your pond are the emerald jewels of the gardening world. Self-watering and hardy, these plants will mature and return year after year. Remember, the number of plants you need will be limited by the size of your pond. A good general rule is for your aquatic plants to cover no more than two-thirds of water surface.
Flowering aquatic plants come in every color and can be chosen to provide sequential continuous bloom throughout the warm weather months. Foliage plants will give some needed height to your pond plan and range in color from shades of green to copper and bronze variegated.
Floating plants, such as water lilies, shade the water with their leaves, reducing the amount of light needed for algae to grow — you can even plant tropical lilies that bloom at night! The beauty and low maintenance of aquatic plants provide vibrant color while aiding the ecosystem of the pond.