What do you have to keep in mind during planting?
Most waterside and water plants require well-lit locations to flourish. You should keep this in mind – not only during planting. Late shading caused by growing trees may also affect shallow water vegetation. By introducing a large variety of species into one eco system, you are allowing your pond to continuously change based on self-selection. More often than not, some water plants do not like their new location at all and, consequently, wither and die. Warm water temperatures have a favorable effect on the growth of water plants. The best time to plant new water plants is between May and the end of July. Plants planted during this period will often flourish by the beginning of the autumn. When planted earlier or later, plants will develop more slowly. That said, water plants can generally be planted all year long. However, you should consult your garden plant supplier to enquire if the plants you choose will also be available in the winter time. When planting water plants, please make sure the planting soil in the container is not overfertilised. Should you discover many fertiliser balls on the surface of the planting soil, make sure you remove all of them. When planting water plants in your pond, place them in a nutrient-poor substrate. Please use planting substrate only for the washed gravel required in the regeneration area. Start by setting up the water plants according to a planting plan established by yourself or an expert. As a next step, prepare a planting hole in the gravel using a small trowel or your hands (about 2-3 times as large as the plant cluster) and set your water plant in this hole. After that, fill the planting hole with the fine gravel (grain size 2/8 or 6-10mm).When planting water lilies, you may want to fill the planting hole with washed sand to promote quick growth.
WATER GARDEN PLANT LIST
Well-known water plant with mostly spoon-shaped, long-stem 40 cm leaves. Panicle, lively, storey-like structured inflorescences with white blooms. Marsh plant; water depth - 30 cm, height 60-80 cm, colour of the blooms: white
One of the most beautiful water plants. Large, attractive flower umbels with pink, sometimes white individual blooms with red veins. The leaves are 1 cm wide, linear, three-edged. This plant loves nutritious soil. Marsh plant; water depth - 40 cm, height 80 cm, colour of the blooms: pink
The marsh marigold is a widely known waterside plant and falls into the category of early bloomers. Its gold-yellow blooms glow even in the shadiest conditions. It will primarily grow on wet, nutritious, mouldy, and clay soil. Marsh plant; water depth 0 -10cm, height 30-50 cm, colour of the blooms: yellow gold, bloom III-V
Water avens have nodding, red umbel clusters. They are especially well-suited for brooks and watersides. Marsh plant, height 30-60 cm, colour of the blooms: red, bloom IV-VII
The Japanese iris is able to stand in shallow waters all year around. As it does not grow as tall as I. Pseudacorus, it is well suited to be planted in water gardens. Its blooms are a rich blue and have a yellow middle stripe on their hanging leaves. Marsh plant; water depth 0 -10 cm, height 70 cm, colour of the blooms: Rich blue with yellow stripes on its hanging leaves.
This indigenous water or yellow flag lily is often found in ditches and marshes in Europe. It has a multi-bloom pedicle, and its leaves are sword-shaped. As it constantly wants to spread, it is only suited for larger ponds. Marsh; water depth 0-40 cm, height 100 cm, colour of the blooms: yellow, bloom V-VI
The firecandle is a beautiful indigenous plant. This plant loves moist places and wet watersides and can even stand in the water. It does not form any tillers and is, therefore, well suited for water gardens. Marsh plant; water depth 20 cm, height 50-100 cm, colour of the blooms: pink, bloom VII-IX
Just as the popular peppermint, the watermint blooms with pale purple bloom crowns in the upper axil. It has fresh, overflowing green or red leaves, which have an aromatic scent. They are even suitable for tea preparation. As the plant tends to
spread out, it needs to be cut back on a regular basis. Marsh plant; water depth 20 cm, height 60 cm, colour of the blooms: purple blue, bloom VII-X
The monkey flower is an attractive waterside plant suited for moist and wet areas. The luminous blooms of this permanent bloomer are trumpet-like. When touched, its stigmata fold up within seconds. This low-maintenance plant flourishes both in wet and dry zones; marsh plant; height 40 cm, colour of the blooms: yellow, bloom VI-IX
Sky-blue, yellow-eyed blooms in loose inflorescences, similar to those of the garden forget-me-not. A fully perservering plant.Marsh plant, height 20-30 cm, colour of the blooms: red, bloom V-VIII
The Sagitaria arrow head is a well-known indigenous plant, which grows mostly on river banks and distinguishes itself by its typical arrow-shaped leaves. It is highly adaptive and can survive even in different water conditions.Marsh plant; water depth 30-40 cm, height 60 cm, colour of the blooms: white
The lakeshore bulrush will flourish even when planted in deep water. It has whipshaped, overhanging, dark-green, and (at the base) thumb-thick stems. A highly decorative plant suitable for larger ponds. Marsh plant; water depth 80 cm, height 200 cm, colour of the blooms: brown.
Its leaves are strikingly narrow. They are 2.5 mm wide, arched at the top, almost semicircular. Its spadices are egg-shaped and about 5 cm long. Its male bloom spike is almost three times as long and has a distance of several centimetres. Marsh plant; water depth 30 cm, height 1.20 cm, colour of the blooms: brown; bloom VI-VIII
The dwarf reedmace is a petite plant with very narrow leaf sprouts. Its brown spadices are spheroidal-elliptical and about 3 to 4 cm long. Its bloom spike is somewhat distant and approx. of the same length. It bears its spadices early, but also loses them already in late summer. It is particularly well suited for small ponds and water tanks. Marsh plant; water depth 10-20 cm, height 60 cm, colour of the blooms: brown; bloom V-VI
Although the waterweed spreads out far, it is also a good source of oxygen. It multiplies vegetatively. Underwater plant; water depth 20-100 cm
At low water levels, the parrot’s feather grows 10 cm above the water. With its lightgreen, fir needle-shaped leaves, the plant forms a feathery lawn. At higher water levels, the plant floats on the surface. Its blooms are rather plain. Underwater plant; water depth 30 cm or greater; colour of the blooms: pink, bloom VIIX
There is an incredible number of colour variations in water lilies. Any colour imaginable is possible – from white to pink to the darkest red, from yellow to orange to the darkest copper hue. The smallest kinds have blooms that are 2.5 cm in diameter (such as the "Helvola" species). When planted at the right depth, the “Gladstoniana” species is a giant with bloom diameters of up to 25 cm. The space requirements of these plants vary with their bloom sizes, i.e. they range anywhere between 0.5 and 2 m per plant.