Lythrum salicaria and Bee

We should enjoy this late summer sunshine and the continuing flowering of waterlilies and late marginal plants like the Pontederia species.

Remember the surface of your pond should be two thirds covered with plants to create a natural balance and it is still possible to plant your pond as our plants are already rooted into their baskets and will just be ‘moving home’ not trying to establish at this time of the season.

In the case of waterlilies replace them in the same depth of water as they have been growing in at the Nursery so the leaves should be floating on the water surface and if necessary you should raise the basket off the pond base or shelf to achieve this.

Tall plants are needed by dragonfly and damselfly larvae to exit the pond and emerge as adults.

Tall plants like Typha lugdunensis and Cyperus involucratus all make real foliage statements in the pond in the latter part of the season in your pond.

Admire your plants and the huge range that is now available for the pond and maybe think about adding more if you have the room. Did you have Caltha family flowering in your pond in April in 2014 ? Did your bog garden have a month with nothing flowering for the insect pollinators? Thinking now while the memories of this year are still fresh will enable you to ‘plug those gaps’ and planting now will establish the plants in time for a good show next year.

Flowers still to come this year in the pond and bog are Hesperantha coccinea (previously known as Schizostylis coccinea).
Pink flowers for the bog garden and red for the pond or bog garden. Also Eupatorium species beloved by the bees.