Pond Plant Favorites
Marginal aquatic plants are not only beautiful additions to a natural ecosystem pond, but they also play a vital role in maintaining a healthy and thriving ecosystem. These plants provide a range of benefits, including oxygenation of the water, reduction of algae growth, and removal of excess nutrients. Additionally, they offer shelter and food to a diverse range of aquatic creatures, such as fish, amphibians, and invertebrates.
One of my favorite marginal aquatic plants we use in our Austin Texas builds is Katie’s dwarf ruellia, which is particularly well-suited to ponds as it stays low and does not obstruct the view of the waterfalls, making it an excellent choice for those who enjoy unobstructed views of their pond. Another favorite of mine is dwarf papyrus, which adds height and structure to the pond, creating depth and visual interest.
Mixing colors and textures using a variety of different plants is a great way to create a visually stunning pond. Iris, canna, obedient plant, blue and white pickerel, and blue bell compacta are just a few examples of the many different plants that can be used to create a diverse and beautiful pond environment. Adding plants such as Hymenocallis ‘Tropical Giant’ and Texas Star Hibiscus can add bursts of full green growth and impressively special flowers throughout the spring and summer in Austin.
A pond filled with these plants in full bloom is a sight to behold. The colors and textures of the plants are reflected in the shimmering water, creating a beautiful and peaceful environment that invites birds and pollinators to the backyard oasis. The gentle sound of running water and the rustling of leaves and petals create a relaxing atmosphere that is perfect for spending a springtime afternoon. Whether you enjoy watching the wildlife, reading a book by the water, or simply taking in the beauty of the plants, a pond filled with marginal aquatic plants is a must-have for any nature lover in and around Travis and Hays Counties.