Pond Plants: Floating, Submerged, and Lily Like Aquatics

Floating Plants

Duckweed
These tiny green leaves float on top of the water, lighter green and grass green in color . It is an excellent natural food for pond fish. Each plant is smaller than the eraser on a number 2 pencil and a smallest plant in the plant species world!
Fairy Moss
Another plant that Koi love to eat. The tiny leaves can be green or reddish to dark reddish brown. Sunlight and water temperature determines the color of the plant.
Frogbit
Tiny white flowers in July and August that are not very significant. Frogbit is a miniature floating plant with shiny green foliage that is 1 to 2 inches across. It is said to kind of look like the chin of a frog in the water, thus the name.
Water Hyacinth
The water has to be warm, above 75 degrees. They need to be crowded together. You can make a ring out of tubing to confine them. Koi love to eat the roots so keep them separate from the fish.
Water Lettuce
More compact growing and the leaves have a more intricate pattern.

Submerged Plants

Anacharis
bright green and feathery provides hiding place for small fish and a place for them to spawn. Helps keep the water clear and clean, great plant for green water, and use 1 bunch for every 2′ of surface area.
Hornwort
Bright green and feathery. Turns almost a black color in the winter, provides hiding places for the fish and a place for them to spawn (lay eggs). Under water oxygenators and also absorb dissolved materials in the water such as fish waste. Helps keep the water clean and clear. Great plant for GREEN WATER.
Parrot’s Feather
Helps to soften the edges of the pond with its lacy and feathery look. It is great for fish that are spawning because it is nice and soft. The stems are feathery looking and a medium bluish green in color. It can be potted or grown floating on the water.

Lily Like Aquatics

Banana Lily
Swollen tubes that resemble a bunch of bananas. Underwater leaves are round to elliptical with a wide sinus and may be up to 3 inches across by 2 inches from the stem to the edge of the leaf. Flowers are 1/2 to 3/4 inches wide and are white. This is a floating plant with small white flowers that extend above the surface of the water and very unique.
Floating Heart
The leaves are heart-shaped, thus the name of the plant. The yellow star-shaped flowers persist through May, June, July, August and September.
Four-Leaf Clover Variegated
Placed in deeper water and submerge 6 to 18 inches. The plant is on the bottom and the leaves float on top of the water, just like a lily.
Mosaic
The Mosaic plant has small leaves that are grouped in a mosaic tile pattern. The color of the leaves will vary from red, to pink, and green. Mosaic also produces tiny yellow flower flowers in the summer and about 6″ below the surface and the leaf clusters will spread about 2’ across.
Water Hawthorne
Grows and blooms in cool/cold water of late fall until the warm water of early summer when it then goes dormant. In early fall when the water is cooler again, it starts the cycle again and begins to grow and bloom. The white fragrant flowers are present from September until April. The flowers are held slightly above the mottled foliage that is oblong green. The undersides of the leaves are red in color and flowers have a slight vanilla fragrance.
Water Poppy
The flowers are 2 to 2-1/2 inches across with red centers. The foliage is dark green and glossy and heart-shaped and 2 to 3 inches across. Lemon yellow, poppy-like flowers in July, August and September are a lovely contrast to the glossy green upright leaves.
Water Snowflake or Water Fringe
Flowers are 3/4 inches across and are bright yellow and star-shaped and “fringed”. The foliage is 2 to 3 inches across and heart-shaped and green with bronze blotches.

By Blogger KoiLover

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Pond Plants: Lotus

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Lotus

Alba Grandiflora
Very fragrant flowers Huge large cup shaped, double flowers are pure white and up to 10 inches across.
Chawan Basu
Creamy white single flowers edged in deep pink flowers are 5 to 7 inches across and eaves grows 14 to 16 inches across.
Chinese Double Rose
Flowers are 10 to 12 inches across. Flowers are deep rose colored and fully double and free flowering. Grows 2′ to 3′ tall and leaves grow 16 to 20 inches across.
Empress
Flowers are 10 to 12 inches across. Flowers are white edged with pinkish-red. Grows 4 to 5′ tall and leaves grow 18 to 20 inches across.
Evening Shower
Double pink flower on a dwarf plant. Grows 1 to 1-1/2 feet.
Rosy Clouds
Reddish pink flowers are 5 to 6 inches across. Wonderful bloomer, semi dwarf, and vigorous dark green foliage. Grows 3 to 4′ tall.
Frankly Scarlet
Single bright rose flowers and grows 5′ to 6′ tall.
Perry’s Giant Sunburst
Large double yellow flowers grow 10 to 13 inches across. The outer petals are pale green. Flowers are held high above the base of the plant and fragrant flowers have 24 or 25 petals.
Green Maiden
Flowers change from the first day from a soft pink to a pale yellow by the third day and the flowers are 2 to 3 inches across. Grows 1 to 3′ tall and leaves grow 18 to 20 inches across.
Nucifer Hindu
Very fragrant semi deep pink flowers that have 24 petals. Flowers are 9 to 12 inches across and heavy bloomer. It is not uncommon to see 3 different colored flowers on the same plant, all in different stages of blooms.
Lavender Lady
Pinkish lavender at the outer edge and white single blooms near the center. Slight fragrance and flowers are 11 to 12 inches across. Huge leaves 24 to 26 inches across.
Lutea
Rich yellow flowers with slightly lighter tips that are 7 to 11 inches across and slight fragrance.
Momo Botan
Dwarf growing lotus that has deep rose pink color and peony-shaped double flowers. Flowers are 4 to 6 inches across and stay open later in the day.
Mrs. Perry D. Slocum
Very fragrant semi double blooms that open deep pink and change to yellow and then pale creamy yellow. Flowers are 9 to 12 inches across and very fragrant. Heavy bloomer and it is not uncommon to see 3 different colored flowers on the same plant, all in different stages of blooms. Leaves grow 18 to 23 inches across and plant grow 4′ to 5′ tall.
Pink Bowl
True dwarf lotus plant that has silvery pink peony style flowers that are semi double and 4 to 6 inches across. The flowers are creamy white with bright pink edges.
Roseum Plenum
Deep rose pink with yellow centers. The flowers are single and 8 to 10 inches across, free flowering, and very fragrant. Leaves are 18 to 20 inch across.
Russian Red
Deep rose pink with yellow centers. The flowers are single and 8 to 12 inches across, free flowering, and slight fragrance.
Sunflower
Deep pink with yellow centers. The flowers are single and 8 to 12 inches across, semi dwarf, and slight fragrance. Leaves are 12 to 15 inch across.
The President
Huge blooms that are 10 to 12 inches across and are red to deep pink and grows 3′ to 4′ tall.

By Blogger KoiLover

Pond Plants: Hardy Lilies

Hardy Lilies

Almost Black
The name describes the color, Almost Black, slight fragrance, and very deep color. Foliage emerges bronze then turns green.
American Star
Star-shaped pink flowers that grow high above the water, and rich green foliage.
Arc-en-Ciel
Pink, burgundy and white variegated and speckled leaves making it awesome even when not it bloom. The pale pink flowers that fade to white. Great bloomer and very fragrant.
Barbara Dobbins
Beautiful blend of yellow, pink, and apricot colors on a star-shaped flower and foliage is green with slight mottling.
Black Princess
Deep burgundy colored flowers and dark green foliage with burgundy splotches.
Charlene Strawn
Beautiful blend of yellow, pink, and apricot colors on a star-shaped flower, green foliage with slight mottling, new leaves have purple specks, and sweet fragrance.
Chromatella
Primrose yellow, fairly strong sweet fragrance, and one of the best yellow lilies. Olive green foliage, new leaves are blotched and mottled with purple.
Colorado
The color is a unique apricot, salmon color, shade tolerant fragrant, and incredible bloomer. The flowers rise high above the dark green foliage and vigorous grower with slightly mottled leaves.
Florida Sunset
Glowing yellow flushed with pink amid heavily blotched leaves, excellent bloomer, and shade of orange blooms that is unique to peach lilies.
Glorosia
Bright red cup-like blooms open to star shaped flowers, fragrant blooms, and lush green/bronze foliage.
Helvola
Miniature lily for patio ponds because of the small leaves and flowers.
Indiana
Dwarf lily with flowers that changes from apricot to orange-red. Foliage is purple blotched.
James Brydon
Profuse bloomer with cup shaped flowers, very fragrant, rosy red color, and shiny leaves. New foliage purplish and slightly mottled.
Joey Tomocik
Vibrant lemon yellow with flowers that rises high above the mottled foliage and slight fragrance.
Laydekeri Fulgens
Dark reddish pink flowers rise above the lightly mottled foliage, free blooming, very long blooming season, and light fragrance.
Mayla
Very large double fuchsia pink colored blooms, leaves emerge slightly bronze and then turn green, very long blooming season, and slight fragrance.
Moon Dance
Star shaped flowers that grow high above the foliage, very long blooming season, and slight fragrance. The foliage is a medium green that is splashed with purple.
Peaches and Cream
Flower are peony shaped peach-pink outer petals and creamy yellow centers and fragrant. Foliage is medium sized green leaves flecked with purple when young and leaves start out mottled then turn green.
Perry’s Baby Red
Cup-shaped, deep-red blooms, small dark green leaves spread 2 to 3 feet, and slightly fragrant.
Perry’s Super White
Striking white, 6″ to 7″, fully double blooms have 40-46 petals each, very free-flowering, new leaves bronze and maturing to green.
Perry’s Super Yellow
Free flowering, medium yellow, growing paler with age, outermost petals have pink blush. Leaves are green with purple blotches and soon turn green.
Pink Sensation
Silvery-pink blooms, very popular because the flowers remain open into the evening hours. Slight fragrance on flowers that arise above the foliage.
Red Queen
Flowers that are 6 to 8 inch deep red. Foliage starts a lovely burgundy color and then turns green as it matures.
Rembrandt
Very large red water lily, one of the best reds around, and Slight fragrance.
Sultan
Cup shaped flowers that are light red that turn deeper as the flower ages. The outer petals are pale pink and become rich red. Prolific bloomer and vigorous grower.
Texas Dawn
Very bright yellow flowers are held up above the water. Mottled leaves make a stunning contrast to the flowers, good bloomer, and slight fragrance.
Pink Ribbon
Rosy pink flowers are 5 to 6 inches across. The petals have a velvet like appearance. The really cool feature is the petal colors perfectly match the shade of the pink ribbons that many supporters of breast cancer awareness group wear and display. The rich green leaves grow 8 to 10 inches.

By Blogger KoiLover