Marginal Plants To Grow In Your Pond

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This plant deserves the full article all of its own. You can get 3 species of Iris which are generally considered to be true aquatic plants for growing all year round within the shallows of a pond and i consider it to be absurd to possess a collection of Marginals without having at least one of these striking plants growing in the pond. An important species for your normal garden pond is Iris Ieavigata (Japanese Water Iris). The 3 petalled blooms are somewhere in the region of about 5 inches across and they are borne on 2 ft. high stems. The 1st flowers usually start to open in June and are clear blue in colour with a yellow line down the middle of every petal. Another flush of blooms may well appear in September depending on the climate that you live in.

There are a number of varieties that you can choose from 'Snowdrift' (white with 6 petals), 'Dorothy' (blue with a white line down the centre of each petal), 'Variegata' (blue, leaves variegated yellow and green) as well as hybrid I. 'Rose Queen' (rose-pink).

The planting depth for I. laevigata and its varieties is 0 - 3 inches. I.pseudacorus (Yellow Flag or Yellow Water Iris) is more vigorous and taller than I. Iaevigata. The foliage is 3 - 4ft. lond and the yellow flowers are on stems that can reach as high as 3 ft. The variety is too course for ordinary garden ponds but the variety 'Variegata' (2 - 2.5 ft. high) with its more restrained growth habit and cream leaves edged with green makes it an excellent choice. Other varieties include 'Sulphur Queen' and 'Bastardii'. The planting depth for I. pseudacorus and its varieties is 2 - 4 inches.

The third aquatic species is I. versicolor (American Blue Flag). This is a restrained plant for the smaller pond. Its leaves are 2 ft. long and the flower stalks are 1.5 - 2 ft. in hight. The violet blue flowers begin to appear in June or July and they have narrow petals blotched with gold at the base. The favored variety is 'Kermesina' with claret red flowers speckled with white. The planting depth for I. versicolor and its varieties is 2 - 4 inches.

Propagation: To propagate the individual plants, all you need to do is divide the clumps the moment the flowering has finished and your plants will thrive.

That just about covers everything I wish to say about this beautiful plant. I do hope that I haven�t gone on too long in regards to the Iris, but I do feel strongly them. From an individual viewpoint, if you haven't got an Iris or two growing in your pond then you really should add them. You certainly won't regret it. The vibrant colours and sizes of these plants will amaze you as well as any visitors which you may have. I could have made this article a whole lot longer but I don't want the readers getting bored. Please, give the Iris a chance.

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Author: Kane Ashley
A great deal of my time is spent in my garden. I have been searching for help regarding how to develop the perfect pond habitat for the fish which I will stock it with without much luck. To get the help I will want I have decided to use a company called Landscape Gardener London. So far they have given me all the help and advice that I have asked for, as and when I ask them for it.

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