Aquatic Plants arrive at Sabellico’s around May 15.
Water is a fascinating element in nature and in the designed landscape. It can be still and reflective, trickle quietly from a soothing fountain or cascade brightly down a waterfall. Water provides texture, movement and sound and serves as the perfect canvas for a wonderful group of plants.
Water gardening adds a whole new dimension to your garden. Ponds or water features can be large or small but all water gardens refresh and cool the atmosphere and provide a relaxing way to relieve the stress from the day. You can install a pond or place a water feature on your patio or porch. Or go big and have a waterfall and pond installed in your garden. Visit our two pond displays designed and installed by Glencar Water Gardens in Sabellico’s perennial area to get some ideas.
Water gardening is very popular in this area. Plants will tie your water garden to the rest of your landscape, soften the edges of pre-formed pools and provide food and shade for your koi. Aquatic plants add oxygen to the water, help to stabilize the ecology of the pool and attract birds, butterflies and hummingbirds.
Choose from the large selection of aquatic plants at Sabellico’s. We stock both hardy and tropical water plants including Water Lilies, Water Lettuce and Water Hyacinths. We also carry all the supplies necessary for fertilizing and potting your aquatic plants.
Aquatic plants are broken in three categories: Most successful water gardens have a range of depths throughout the pool because some plants grow at very shallow levels while other plants need to be placed several feet deep in water. Using plants from all three groups will keep your water garden in biological balance by providing oxygen to the water as well as food and shelter for the animals that share your pond.
Marginals or Shallow-water plants – These plants thrive in shallow water or very moist soil. Most marginal plants are grown at the edge (margins) of a pond or in water one to six inches deep. They can be either annual or perennial. This area is considered Zone 5. Anything labeled as Zone 5 or lower should survive the winter. These plants are sometimes called emergents because portions of their stems grow above water. Common examples include canna, cattail, iris and arrowhead. Marginal plants usually grow in water 1 - 6 inches deep. After planting in a container, place the container on top of a block or a shelf to put it at the correct water depth.
Floaters – These plants float freely on the surface of the pond. They provide shade and cool the water somewhat for the fish. They also help control the growth of algae. Floaters grow further from the edge, between shallow and deep water. These plants have leaves that float on the surface instead of below or above the surface.
Plant enough floaters to cover 50 to 75 percent of the surface area of the pond, or approximately one for every 10 square feet of surface area. Floaters will cover the surface of the water to a point that will limit the amount of light reaching the depths of the pond which will deter algae growth.
Some floaters, such as water lilies, have roots that attach to the bottom of the pond with underwater stems ending in leaves and flowers that float on the surface. Water lilies grow best when the top of the container is 12 - 18 inches below the water's surface. Other floaters, such as Pistia or water lettuce, do not have roots to anchor them. They just float freely on the water's surface.
Oxygenators – The third group of plants grow completely submerged under the surface of the water. They are often referred to as oxygenators. These plants help combat algae by consuming excess nutrients. They also provide cover for fish and produce oxygen during daylight hours. Roots of these plants are not used for nutrient or water uptake, but only for anchorage. Because of this, many oxygenators may be potted in gravel.