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Lake Plants You can have in Your Water Garden

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 in Water Gardens

A water garden can be a beautiful addition to a yard without personality, especially if you have a large plot and don’t know what to fill it with. Nevertheless, one of the most important things you need to consider when building a water garden is what types of plants live and thrive in water, and which can survive the climate in your area. In today’s article we are going to present you a few lake plants that you can grow in a water garden, but you should start by finding out which plants and flowers of this type already grow in your area. They will not only be cheaper, because they don’t have to be imported, but they will most likely enjoy the climate.

Lake plants can be just as beautiful as normal soil plants, or even more exquisite than that; by adding them to your garden, you will have a unique arrangement and you’ll be able to pride yourself with plants that nobody else has. The most well-known and common water plant is the water lily; there are numerous types of water lilies, depending on the country they grow in, and they can have all shapes and sizes. Try to find out which grow in your country and what type of water they prefer most. When building a water garden, you may have to get your water tested, and even get a water filter and monitor so your plants can grow in a welcoming environment.

Sister lake plants of the water lily are the Yellow pond-lily and the Victoria Water Lily; the first type, as the name suggests, produces yellow flowers which have pink cores, and in order to thrive needs to be able to grow between 1 and 3 feet in the water. It has heart-shaped leaves, and originates in Europe, Asia and Northern America. As for the Victoria Water Lily, it needs a lot of space to grow, and its leaves can reach up to 6 feet in diameter. The leaves also have upturned edges, and it is said they can support several tends of pounds of weight, something like a small child. They may not be very appropriate for personal water gardens, but public ones definitely have them.

Cattails is another one of the lake plants you could consider for your water garden; they can confer a very wild feel to your arrangements, as they can grow to be nine feet tall. The name was suggested by the thick protrusions that grow on top of the plant, and which resemble a cat’s tail. And if you want more flowers and color in your water feature, then you should purchase the Watershield as well, because it produces tiny red flowers and smaller leaves of 4-5 inches in diameters. The Watershield lake plant is definitely suitable for smaller water gardens.

The Arrowleaf doesn’t always grow near water, but the strains which do produce small purple flowers; other lake plants which produce flowers are the Lizard’s Tail, the Floating Heart which blossoms in yellow flowers, or the Cape-Pondweed, which makes lovely white flowers and is sometimes confused with the water lily. These are some of the most common freshwater plants we recommend, but you should do further research and multiply your options, so your garden gets the best of everything.