Here at Modern Design Aquascaping, we love aquatic plants! There are so many wonderful reasons to use aquatic plants in your pond. In fact, aquatic plants are a key component to a balanced ecosystem and offer far more than just additional beauty to your pond. In case you didn't know, they can help:
• Limit the growth of algae
• Naturally filter water and break down toxic pathogens
• Offer more surface area for beneficial bacteria
• Provide shelter for your pond’s inhabitants
• Add oxygen to your pond
Not sure that aquatic plants have a place in your pond?
Here are four main groups of aquatic plants:
Plants which grow completely underwater are called submerged plants. These make great hiding places to help protect fish from predators. You might also hear people refer to these as oxygenating plants because they are so effective at taking carbon dioxide out of the water and then releasing oxygen. Some examples of submerged plants are Eelgrass and Fanwort.
Also called bog plants, marginal plants are those that grow in shallow water around the margins of a pond. Marginal plants help extract detrimental nutrients from your pond environment before they accumulate and become a bigger problem. Some bog plants include Irises and Cattails.
Deep water emergent plants grow very deep roots on the bottom of a pond. The flowers and leaves of an emergent plant spreads out upon the surface of a pond and offers shade and hiding spots for fish and other pond creatures. Emergent plants include the more well-known aquatic plants like the Lotus and Water Lilies.
These plants sit on a pond's surface with roots that drift into the water and act as filters and help improve water clarity. They also offer additional shade and hiding spots for fish. Some floating aquatic plants include Giant Duckweed and Water Hyacinth.
If you're ready to add beneficial plants to your pond, call on the experts at Modern Design Aquascaping. You can visit our website or call 865-995-1234 to learn more about our experience and services for those in the Knoxville, Maryville, Blount County, Knox County, and East Tennessee Areas.
John Adams is a professional pond artist and builder.