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Water Snowflake

Water snowflake (Nymphoides spp.) is part of a large family of what are commonly called waterlily-like plants because their leaves float at the surface of the water while the roots are anchored in soil below – much like the habit …

Wanvisa earns ‘Best New Waterlily’ – 2010

A hardy waterlily was named Best New Waterlily for 2010, acing out 30 other entrants in the competition sponsored by the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society (IWGS).  Nymphaea ‘Wanvisa’ is the first hardy variety to be named ‘Best in …

Planting Your Pond: Design Considerations

You’ve seen the house before. The one that sits in the middle of the block looking like it stepped outside with no clothes. Trees haven’t been planted so there’s no leafy fringe to shade it from the sun. It’s void …

Easy Steps to Plant a Potted Waterlily

Waterlilies come in a variety of colors and are easy to grow, making them a favorite choice among water gardeners. If you’d love to try your hand at growing these beauties but don’t have a pond yet, you can grow …

Marsh Marigold

Caltha palustris What does a beautiful, water-loving flowering plant in the Buttercup family have in common with a 1958 horror movie starring Steve McQueen and one of Shakespeare’s plays? Stay tuned… Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) is one of the most …

Knock-Out Water Lilies

To grow knock-out, show-quality water lilies in your pond, only three cultural requirements are necessary: Full Sun – This means at least seven or more hours of unobstructed sunlight per day. While some varieties will tolerate less and still bloom …

Horsetail

Horsetail is a magnificent aquatic plant to add along the edge of your pond. Its botanical name, Equisetum, translates to equis (horse) and setrum (tail). The plant is easily identified by its coarse, jointed, and hollow stems. Kids love to …

Contain This

Easy Ways to Grow Aquatic Plants and House Fish without a Full-Pond Commitment Looking for a way to dip your toes into the world of water gardening before jumping in head first?  A container water garden is the perfect solution.  …

Aquatic Plant Favorites for Your Pond

When spring breezes blow, that means one thing for pond owners … getting your water garden ready for hours of pondside fun! Some of you are scheduling your pond clean-out, while others are probably choosing new aquatic plants to spruce …

Filtering the Pond with a Bog Garden

A bog is an area that consistently has a water level several inches below the “soil” surface. In nature, bog soils are usually very high in organic materials and low in pH. Traditionally, using semi-permeable liners, ornamental bog gardens have …