Adding Plants to Your Garden Pond

Choose a variety of different plants for your pond to establish a natural balance that will help keep the water clear, and provide the best habitat for plants and wildlife.

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Tip: Planting Oxygenators

These vital plants release oxygen, absorb nutrients and obscure light, helping to keep the water clean and clear of green algae. Establish them in baskets on the pond shelves, before sinking them to the bottom. Avoid invasive types, like parrot's feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum) and curly waterweed (Lagarosiphon major). Good oxygenators to choose include:

Water moss (Fontinalis antipyretica)
Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum)
Curled pondweed (Potamogeton crispus)
Hart's pennyroyal (Mentha cervina)

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Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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