Lusting for a water garden but lack the space for a backyard pond or water feature? Discover what container gardeners have always known - that any plant can survive in a pot given the right conditions and aquatic plants are no different.
Regardless of the size of your garden, you can tuck water tight containers through out the landscape, and plant with a vast array of aquatic plants. An added bonus of having container water gardens is that unlike their potted counterparts, they are able to look after themselves for weeks at a time.
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Plants add interest to your aquatic garden....
- Water lilies can be grown anywhere that a focal point is needed, and come in an endless variety of colors.
- Add vertical interest to your garden with rushes and papyrus
- Partially sink a tub filled with water hyacinths and enjoy their chubby leaves and orchid like spikes of flowers all summer.
- Plant tiny clumps of Japanese sweet grass in shallow pots filled with pebbles.
Create a healthy environment....
Aquatic plants can be divided into 3 categories; Floating plant that do just that - float on the surface - duck weed, water lettuce, and hyacinths. Marginal plants, which grow at the edges of ponds and lakes - cyperus, cattails, rushes and iris. These plants are best grown in pots partially submerges in the water. The third group are plants that like have their roots in soil. Grow these plants in a layer of loam in the bottom of a container filled with water.
Tap water lacks the nutritional qualities and trace elements that plants need to survive. Since compost and commercial potting soil should not be used for container water gardens, the best alternative is pure loam with the addition of water soluble fertilizer. Fertilizer should be used sparingly, use less than half the recommended amount.
Water gardens attract all sorts of wild life; some come for a drink, some for a bath others for swim, and - unfortunately mosquitoes. Ridding your water garden of mosquitoes is relatively simple - The addition a single goldfish - the type sold in pet stores as food for carnivorous fish will add interest as well as eat the mosquitoes larvae. Do not over feed the fish - not only will it sour the water but it may damage the plants.
Tubs, Pots & Crocks....
Almost anything that can hold water can be made into a aquatic water garden, from whiskey barrels to teapots, from pickle jars to old bath tubs. Group complementary shapes, colors or heights together to create a unique focal point in your garden.
The ideal size container should be able to hold 4-5 gallons of water, a few different plants and a layer of loam. Pots that are too small will tend to dry out and few plants will recover from dehydration.
If you are using a wood container, such as a whiskey barrel, you will need to give the wood time to swell and become water tight. Fill the barrel slowly over the course of a few days to allow the wood to swell. Once filled completely the wood should be water tight.
Clay pots offer the water gardener a wide variety of shapes and sizes and are relatively inexpensive. Most terra-cotta or clay pots are meant to hold soil and will have a drainage hole that will need to be filled. The easiest way to plug the hole is with some wax heated for a few minute and then squeezed into the hole - smooth off the edges.