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For many pond keepers its time to say goodbye to sitting outdoors in the sun and enjoying the view of their water garden. The frustrating part of this time of year is that there are many tasks to do to keep the pond maintained over autumn and winter. However, nobody gets to reap the rewards until next spring. Nonetheless, the work must be done. Luckily, jobs like adding aquatic plants to your pond will give you some fulfilment in the meantime.
Why add plants in autumn?
Autumn is the perfect time for planting in the pond. Aquatic plant varieties with spring blooming flowers tend to be more established and will survive the colder season. Without disrupting surrounding plants and features in the pond. With that being said, here’s a list of the tops aquatic plants to add to your pond now. So that come spring, you will have clear water, healthy fish and a blooming water garden display.
Marsh marigolds are perfect for the pond in autumn since they prefer some or full shade from the sun. Blooming in early spring means they establish themselves in their preferred environment and put on a display before the sun exposure exceeds their liking. These plants are also useful in the pond to remove algae-producing nutrients whilst also providing a surface area for beneficial bacteria to grow. Adding these plants is a great way to prepare for a cleaner pond come spring.
These pond plants are dormant in summer and begin regrowth in autumn, which makes them an essential choice for autumn planting. With leaves that sit on the surface of pond water, they provide shade to both fish and waste product nutrients to prevent the potential growth of algae. A refreshing choice from the typically recommended aquatic plant, waterlilies.
If you’re low maintenance when it comes to your pond then you will love water violets. These frost hardy plants will keep throughout the cold autumn and winter weather, without any need for pruning. That will be one less job to do on the gardening list.
However, we should mention that this plant flowers fully in the summer. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, their green foliage will provide a balanced contrast to the spring flowering aquatic plants mentioned above. And did we mention this plant contributes to the removal of pond nitrates? An often underestimated problem within garden ponds, while also providing an attractive environment for wildlife like bees and frogs.
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