You have 6 groups of plants that you ought to consider for your fishpond. This short article and a few of the subsequent ones are all concerning what we name Marginals. When we speak about Marginal plants we think of them as just ornamental because they do not play any part in sustaining a satisfactory balance in the water garden. They only serve two functions. The boundary linking the water and also the fishpond side is softened by using these plants that is certainly often desirable in a Formal pond and is at all times essential in an Informal one, they supply floral colour and/or interesting leaves through the growing season. Many sorts are obtainable. Based on the variety of plant, the suggested depth for planting is 0 – 6 inches.
The home is more often than not on the marginal shelf or in the shallows of the fishpond. The standard approach to growing them is usually to plant them in soil at the bottom of the shelf, but it is better to set them in baskets. You should not mix different varieties in a single container. Below are a couple of plants that I have placed into my pond so as to add a bit of colour.
Carex (Sedge). The Sedges are incorporated here as they’re generally found in the Marginal plant section of them many catalogues, however, these grassy perennials are normally happier developing in wet soil as compared to growing in the fishpond. Planting depth when grown as a Marginal is 0 – 2 inches. There is certainly nothing special about these plants, but the yellow-leaved Carex stricta ‘Bowles Golden’ has become rather fashionable in recent times. The tall Sedges can look attractive at the water’s edge of a large pond, but they have no place in the average sized one. For the ordinary garden fishpond there are more interesting Marginals than Carex.
Cyperus (Umbrella Grass). These graceful members of the Sedge family are foliage plants which bear lance-shaped leaves which spread out from the tops of the stems like the ribs of an umbrella. The summer flower heads are branching spikes of tiny brown or reddish flowers. The popular one is a sweet Garlingale (Cyperus longus) which is used to consolidate the banks of natural fishpond sand and is cut for flower arranging. An invasive plant growing to about 3ft high. Planting depth is 3 – 5 inches. The dark green leaves are rough and spiky. C.vegetus is more compact and therefore more suitable for your average garden fishpond. The leaves are broader than the ones from C. longus but the stems are only 1- 2ft high. The advisable planting depth is 0 – 4 inches. and also it can even be grown in a bog garden.
Cotula (Golden Buttons). A handy Marginal, in particular for the small ponds. The spreading leafy clumps are no greater than 6 inches high and are covered all summer long with tiny yellow button-like flowers. The foliage is fragrant. Cotula coronopifolia is definitely an annual and that means that it dies when the flowering season is over. This lapnt normally doesn’t create a problem as the plant willingly sets seed along with a flush of self-sown seedlings in spring replaces last year’s specimens. The recommended planting depth for Cotula is 0 – 5 inches.
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