When property owners think about installing a small pond, one thing they may overlook is the importance of aquatic plants. Yes, even a small scale natural pond needs enough plants to thrive and support a balanced ecosystem. Modern Design Aquascaping has rounded up some favorite aquatic plants that do well in a small pond, and in the Tennessee climate. Note that USDA Zones 5b through 8a are represented in Tennessee.
This submerged plant is wildly popular and features tiny white flowers which develop on the surface of the water every summer. Anacharis grows rooted in the pond substrate or potted in sand.
Aquatic Forget Me Not
This plant has beautiful blue flowers about which are only a ¼” in diameter. They thrive in full to part sun and bloom all summer long.
A well-loved, low-maintenance favorite, Creeping Jenny grows only about 1 to 3″ in height. Its light green leaves will form a mat along the edge of a shallow pond and can drape over rocks beautifully.
Golden Japanese Sweet Flag
Sweet flag offers light green foliage with bright yellow stripes. Dwarf Variegated Sweet Flag is often used to brighten up the shady spots of a pond, adding texture and color to the and edges. This plant grows 8 to 12 inches tall.
Love water lilies? Here's a mini you'll adore. Helvola flowers are only 2-3″ in diameter and bloom from spring until frost. This plant also loves full sun.
Did you know that impatiens can work for a pond? It's true! Planted them on the margins of your small pond, between rocks or at the edges of a stream. They love shade and will grow into a brilliant focal point in any pond.
Yellow Water Snowflake
Known for its frilly, star-shaped yellow flowers, the yellow water snowflake grows best in 4 to 24 inches of water. This one spreads quickly and may require occasional trimming.
What questions do you have about creating your own water garden? Modern Design Aquascaping is here to help you with any water feature project, big or small. Whether you need us to do all of the dirty work, or if you just need a bit of guidance along the way, we can help. Visit our website today or call 865-995-1234 to request more information.
John Adams is a professional pond artist and builder.