Combinations of pond plants for container ponds:
Every container pond needs a similar combination of pond plants as a full sized pond ie:
1. Oxygenating plants for beneath the waters’ surface to use mineral salts and add oxygen to the water to keep it fresh
2. Surface cover plants to shade the water and give stability to the water temperature as well as producing interesting textures or flowers
3. Emergent pond 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 pond.
Prepared planting schemes for easy container pond planting:
We have put together some suggestions for both of our different sized containers on our Container pond shop page so you can feel happier choosing a ready prepared combination that will give you the right balance of plants and spread of interest throughout the year.
There are 10 prepared planting schemes for the 60 and 80cm containers aiming to give you a colour theme and interest throughout the season. Those containing miniature waterlilies and Iris are for containers in the sun and interest from foliage and texture are for containers in a shaded position.
To create you own container pond planting scheme:
Plants for oxygenation:
Plants for surface cover:
- Miniature waterlilies (pygmaea) in red or yellow for the tiny (60cm) pond
- Dwarf waterlilies – Aurora, Perry’s Baby Red, Candida, Walter Pagels for the 80cm pond
- Floating plants – Frogbit for the tiniest pond or container with a different flower to a waterlily
Plants for upright texture and flower:
- Choose pond plants from shelf category
- 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 some that emerge and grow upright.