Home Water Gardening
Water gardening has become increasingly popular as an element of landscape design. The soothing sight and sound of water draws visitors into the outdoor garden. The elements of water gardening can include fountains, waterfalls, ponds with recirculating pumps and natural stone waterfalls. What is a water garden? It can be whatever you like: a pool of water that is home to plants and possibly fish and hopefully something that will attract natural wildlife to your home. Water features can consist of a concrete container, half barrel, plastic tub or anything else that can hold water.
Timing the Placement of Plants in the Pond
Hardy water lilies, lotus and emergent plants are tolerant of cooler water temperatures and can be placed in the pond when temperatures reach about 50 degrees. Tropical water lilies and some floaters cannot tolerate cold temperatures and should not be placed in the pond until the water temperature reaches at least 70 degrees. Placing them out too early can cause dormancy, injury and restrict potential growth of the plant.
Overwintering and Storing Aquatic Plants There are several ways to store hardy water lilies and emergent aquatic plants. For all the methods that can be found, there are some basic requirements that must be met and remain the same in all cases. One, the plants must go dormant by keeping them in a cool location (50 degrees maximum). Also, they must not be allowed to dry out and, their roots must not be allowed to freeze. Hardy aquatic plants should be trimmed to a height of 1" and the container sunk to the bottom of the pond. The most important factor for plants and fish