Marginal Plants For The Garden Pond.

By: Rick Skew

This plant deserves the full article all of its own. There are 3 species of Iris that can be considered to be true aquatic plants for growing all year round in the shallows of your pond and i consider it to be unthinkable to possess a group of Marginals without having one of these stunning plants growing in your pond. An important variety for the ordinary garden pond is Iris Ieavigata (Japanese Water Iris). The 3 petalled blooms are somewhere in the region of about 5 inches across and they are borne on 2 ft. high stems. The 1st flowers normally start to open in June and are clear blue in colour having a yellow line down the centre of every petal. Another flush of blooms may well appear in September depending on the climate that you are living in.

There are a number of varieties which you are able to 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 the 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 which can reach as high as 3 ft. The variety is 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 exceptional 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 these plants, all you want to do is divide the clumps as soon as the flowering has finished and your plants will thrive.

That just about covers all that I want to say about this gorgeous 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 point of view, if you haven't got an Iris or two growing in the 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 good deal longer but I don't want the readers getting bored. Please, give the Iris a chance.

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