Every container needs the same combination of pond plants as a full sized pond ie. Oxygenating plants for beneath the waters' surface to use mineral salts and add oxygen to the water, surface cover plants to shade the water and give stability to the water temperature as well as producing interesting textures or flowers and emergent plants that will give you colour in different seasons and interesting plant form.
Choose smaller varieties of plants and those that are less vigorous for your container. We have put together some suggestions for different sized containers on our Planting Scheme page if you would feel happier choosing a ready prepared combination that will give you the right balance of plants and spread of interest throughout the year.
|Planting scheme for a 60cm container pond in the sun
||Planting scheme for an 80cm container pond in the sun
||Planting scheme for an 80cm container in the shade|
The planting schemes containing miniature waterlilies and Iris are for containers in the sun and interest from foliage and texture are for containers in a shady position. (Planting schemes shown are B, G and J)
To choose you own planting scheme:
Plants for oxygenation Hornwort, Starwort, Isolepis cernuua, Myriophyllum spicatum
Plants for surface cover:
|Miniature waterlilies (pygmaea) in red, white or yellow for the tiny pond
Dwarf waterlilies - Aurora, Perry's Baby Red, Candida, Walter Pagels for the 3' (1m) pond surface area
Floaters - Frogbit and Salvinia natans for the tiniest pond and Water Hyacinth for the larger patio pond container
Plants for upright texture and flower:
Keep to plants that do not grow taller than 2' 6"(75cm)
Use plants that are described as small, delicate or slow growing
Choose a selection of interest throughout the year - Spring, Summer & Autumn.
Choose some that raft across the water surface and those that grow upright.