PLANTS TO GROW

EDP Norfolk - - NORFOLK GARDENS -

Water lily (Nym­phaea species)

Apart from its at­trac­tive­ness, the water lily plays a cru­cial role in the aquatic eco-sys­tem, pro­vid­ing shade and shelter for frogs and toads. It also low­ers the water tem­per­a­ture for fish and helps to pre­vent the for­ma­tion of al­gae which can cloud open water in sum­mer.

Water Iris (Iris species)

One of our best-loved marginals. In­cludes: Iris sibir­ica (blue and el­e­gant) and I. pseu­da­corus, our na­tive yel­low flag iris (yel­low and ro­bust).

Marsh marigold (Caltha Palus­tris)

Sunny golden cups in late spring.

Ragged robin (Ly­ch­nis flos-cu­culi)

Na­tive marsh-lov­ing plant, great for damp places in­clud­ing pond banks.

Bog bean (Menyan­thes tri­fo­li­ata)

So-called be­cause its fo­liage is said to re­sem­ble that of a broad bean. Has starry white-fringed flow­ers in spring.

OXYGENATOR­S

Less glam­orous but es­sen­tial for a wildlife pond, this group of plants adds oxy­gen to the water as well as pro­vid­ing a food source for tiny pond crea­tures: Water Mil­foil (Myrio­phyl­lum spi­ca­tum) Water star­wort (Cal­litriche stag­nalis) Curled pondweed (Po­ta­moge­ton cris­pus) Rigid horn­wort (Cer­ato­phyl­lum de­mer­sum)

…AND PLANTS TO AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!

Steer clear of these plants, which are far too in­va­sive for most ponds, al­though they are still found on sale: Float­ing pen­ny­wort (Hy­dro­cotyle ra­nun­cu­loides) Par­rots feather (Myrio­phyl­lum aquaticum) Cana­dian pondweed (Elo­dia canaden­sis) Aus­tralian swamp stonecrop (Cras­sula helm­sii) Water fern (Azolla fil­icu­loides) Green seafin­gers (Codium frag­ile) Curly wa­ter­weed (La­garosiphon ma­jor)

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