Landscaping beautifies the outdoor space of our home and there is quite a lot we can do towards this end than the usual planting of trees and mowing the lawn and maybe trimming the hedges. Good landscaping highlights the design of your house in addition to creating a welcoming ambience around it.
Take your landscaping to the next level by installing water features in your home. Water points in your front yard can enhance the beauty of your home and create a serene environment that makes everyone want to spend some time outdoors. Water features also help absorb external noise and have many other benefits.
There are several landscape ideas that use water features like waterfalls and fountains, which are not expensive to install and some of which you can yourself with a few purchases from the store.
Of course, then water features would look out place and odd without water plants. There are different types of water plants including those that grow in soggy soil next to the installations, those that float on the water and those that are fully submerged in the water.
Submerging water plants
Also known as oxygenators due to the ability to add oxygen to the water under which they are submerged during the day, submerging plants have large ribbon-shaped leaves which are an adaptation to help them survive low light and carbon dioxide conditions.
This also helps the plant float as close to the water surface as possible to absorb as much light and carbon dioxide as possible.
Examples include milfoil, the Canadian water weed,the jungle wall, and other aquarium plants.
Submerging plants are a good addition to your fish ponds and outdoor aquariums since their expansive cover offer a favourable breeding ground for fish. They also add to the beauty of water fountains.
Also called ground covers, floaters rest on the water surface but their roots are not anchored in soil nor inside the water. Their roots dangle freely in water absorbing whatever little nutrients they can find.
This makes them float freely across the water body hence the name floaters. They tend to outgrow the water features and you might want to restrict their growth by regularly pruning. This calls for an Atv Snow Plow Kit to ease your movements during the snowing months.
Floaters are a great addition in your water features since they prevent algae bloom which might otherwise give a strange odor to your water.
Examples include the water hyacinth, water lettuce, parrot’s feather and the water-spangle.
Emergent water plants
They are also known as marginal plants or marsh plants. Marginal plants grow on the edges of water features with their roots firmly planted on the soil but most of their foliage are above the water.
They are important in blending your water features with the rest of the landscape since they spread over the edges of the water ponds.
There are different marsh plants which grow to different heights and it is important to plant those which gel with the design of your water features.