Marginal plants are those which grow around the margins of the pond where the water is shallow. They usually have their soil and crown underwater, and sometimes their lower foliage as well. They are generally placed on planting shelves within the pond.

What is marginal plants?

Marginal plants are simply the aquatic plants found growing around the edges, or margins, of your water garden. To create a natural-looking pond, a good selection of marginal plants is very important. There are hundreds of varieties to choose from and they come in all shapes, sizes, textures, and flower colors.

Do marginal plants go in the pond?

Marginal plants add depth to the border and shape of a pond initially created by bog plants, or equally by themselves. Thriving in shallow waters, marginals should be planted in zone 2 of a pond.

How do you plant marginal plants?

Marginals. Marginals are grown on the inside edge of the pond, or in a bog garden. If bought in plastic pots or small baskets, replant into aquatic baskets. When planting bare-rooted plants in summer, trim back the tops by half and trim the roots back to within 2.5cm (1in) of the crown.

Should marginal plants be submerged?

Generally speaking, younger plants (those in smaller than 9cm pots or baskets) should not be placed to their maximum depth straight away, and as a general rule most marginal plants will be happy as long as they are submerged up to a few centimetres.

How do you look after marginal pond plants?

All marginal plants, unless otherwise indicated, should be positioned at a depth where there is no more than 0-5cms water over the soil. As a rule, marginal plants don’t grow well in moving water. Moving water washes the soil out of the crate and disturbs the roots.

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