There are some very beautiful pond flowers available that will enhance your water garden. The majority of pond flowers are unable to grow in an environment that is not either in or under the surface of the water.
The most colorful of these flowers are the water lilies including the tropical type and the hardy type. Both the tropical day blooming and tropical night blooming water lilies will remain robust and hardy only in a frost-free climate. They will only grow as annuals in parts of the country that receive frost which means they need to be replaced every year. The leaves of all the tropical lilies will float but their flowers have such stout stems that they will always be above the waters surface. The hardy variety of water lily has the capability of thriving year round outdoors as long as their roots are covered with enough water or soil so they will not freeze. The flowers and leaves of the hardy variety will float on the surface. Their flowers will open in the morning during sunny days and close back up in the middle of the afternoon. Water lilies are available in just about every color except for the color blue.
There are some water plants that float on the waters surface and their roots are not in soil but just in the water will probably reproduce very fast which means you will be thinning them out often. In order to keep a balance of plant life and animal life you are going to need oxygenator plants along with floating plants such as eelgrass and anacharis.
The water garden plants that grow in shallow water will provide a visual progression between the surface water plants and the plants and flowers that are in the remainder of your garden. Ornamental grasses can be excellent progression plants that need a good deal of moisture but need to be planted in soil that is well-drained.
If you are planning on having a pond in the backyard just for the sound of bubbling water or colorful fish you can place it in the shade. If you want your garden pond for growing beautiful water lilies and other colorful plants only or for having all these unusual flowers along with the colorful fish you need find an area that gets as much of the sun as possible. The water flowers and the fish need to be balanced perfectly for the survival of both. Some of you may not have a choice but to place the pond in an area that only gets a little sun in these instances your choices of plants may be limited but you can still have all the color and beauty. Most of the water garden flowers will need 4 to 6 hours of direct sun for survival, but come varieties of water lily and other plants that float that require only 3 to 4 hours of direct sunlight such as Pink Sensation, Texas Dawn Siox, and Comanche hardy water lilies.
A little water garden maintenance will always be needed if you want your pond and the flowers to be pleasing and delightful. As soon as the winter season has ended you want to remove plants that are still lingering around and mulch the water garden with peat that is well-composted. The organic matter that is in the mulch will help to improve the conditions of the soil each year but needs to be kept low in nutrients. If the nutrients are too high an algae bloom will occur when they seep into the pond. During this same time you can check the pond plants to see if it is time to divide them and you want to remove stray roots.
A body of water that is always in motion will give off a feeling of relaxation. Your backyard ponds and water gardens will also attract wildlife for you to enjoy and will also add value to your home. Water gardens that have beautiful pond flowers growing in them are becoming more popular these days. These water plants and flowers will provide amphibians, beneficial insects, birds, butterflies, and reptiles with protection, shade, shelter, and food.