A Garden Ponds Marginal Plants.

By: Rick Skuw

This plant deserves the full article all of its own. You can get 3 varieties of Iris which can be considered to be true aquatic plants for growing all year round in the shallows of a pond and i consider it to be extraordinary to possess a collection of Marginals without having at least one of these stunning plants growing in your pond. The most important species for the ordinary garden pond is Iris Ieavigata (Japanese Water Iris). The three petalled blooms are somewhere in the region of about 5 inches across and they are borne on 2 ft. high stems. The 1st flowers usually begin to open in June and are clear blue in colour with a yellow line down the centre of every petal. Another flush of blooms may well appear in September depending on the local climate that you live in.

You can find a number of varieties which you can select from 'Snowdrift' (white with 6 petals), 'Dorothy' (blue with a white line down the centre of each petal), 'Variegata' (blue, leaves variegated yellow and green) as well as hybrid I. 'Rose Queen' (rose-pink).

The planting depth for I. laevigata and its varieties is 0 - 3 inches. I.pseudacorus (Yellow Flag or Yellow Water Iris) is more vigorous and taller than I. Iaevigata. The foliage is 3 - 4ft. lond and the yellow flowers are on stems that can reach as high as 3 ft. The variety is simply too course for ordinary garden ponds but the variety 'Variegata' (2 - 2.5 ft. high) with its more restrained growth habit and cream leaves edged with green makes it an outstanding choice. Other varieties include 'Sulphur Queen' and 'Bastardii'. The planting depth for I. pseudacorus and its varieties is 2 - 4 inches.

The 3rd aquatic variety is I. versicolor (American Blue Flag). This is mostly a restrained plant for your smaller pond. Its leaves are 2 ft. long and the flower stalks are 1.5 - 2 ft. in hight. The violet blue flowers begin to show in June or July and they have narrow petals blotched with gold at the base. The popular variety is 'Kermesina' with claret red flowers flecked with white. The planting depth for I. versicolor and its varieties is 2 - 4 inches.

Propagation: To propagate the individual plants, all you want to do is divide the clumps as soon as the flowering has finished and your plants will thrive.

That virtually covers all that I wish to say about this lovely plant. I do hope that I haven’t gone on too long in regards to the Iris, but I do feel strongly them. From a personal viewpoint, if you haven't got an Iris or two growing in your pond then you really need to add them. You certainly will not regret it. The vibrant colours and sizes of these plants will amaze you along with any visitors which you may have. I could have made this article a lot longer but I do not want the readers getting bored. Please, give the Iris a chance.

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