Pond Plants: Easy, Moveable and Useful
Water and Bog Plants - The ideal Container Plants!
Apart from mangroves, water-loving plants aren't usually very big, they fit neatly in containers and can stay there without outgrowing them. Most of the "water" plants I grow are semi-aquatics. You can use about any container that holds water or for some a flower pot with a deeper saucer filled with water underneath. You could use an old laundry tub, half a wine barrel, or any container that holds water.
Water and Bog Plants - Ideal for Courtyards, Renters and Busy People:
Plants in containers dry out fast, in winter their roots get very cold and in summer too hot, container plants need much more attention than garden plants. Not so with water filled pots: water-loving plants are adapted to changing water levels (in a certain range of course). Many can even cope with dry soil while you are in holidays or on a business trip. And of course they move with you once you move.
Water and Bog Plants - What's the Difference?
Pond plants are adapted to different water levels: from floating plants to marginal plants which like wet feet. Aquatic plants which live under the water need enough oxygen dissolved in the water which is difficult to achieve in a small pot. Plants which are happy with just wet feet are: brahmi, gotu-kola, canna lillies or chameleon plant. Many of them can be grown in ordinary garden soil. Other plants like deeper water, say 20 cm or more for example lotus, waterlilies and many aquatic weeds.
Pond Plants are More than Just Pretty:
It is easy and fast to fill a kiddy pool with water celery, a plant which tastes in my opinion way better cooked than raw. Pond plants can fill a whole medicine chest and most of them are so prolific that a middle sized pot produces enough for a whole family, like brahmi, the memory enhancer, the panacea gotu kola, chameleon plant or vietnamese mint. Yerba mansa would make an unusual plant for a hanging basket. Some, like calamus or marsh mallow are herbaceous and die down in winter, so autumn is a good time for harvesting.
After writing this, I feel very inspired to make some pots and winter might be a good time to cast some concrete pots! I really hope I get around making them! There is always a good excuse to expand my plant collection.