Shoreline plants | The aquatic plant for a clear and healthy pond
Chris van der Velde
All about riparian plants
- What are riparian plants?
- What riparian plants exist?
- Where should riparian plants be planted?
- How many riparian plants do I place at my pond?
- Are riparian plants hardy?
What are riparian plants?
Riparian plants belong to the marsh plants species, these plants are both on the bank of the pond which means they stand in shallow water in a marshy and swampy soil. Bank plants complete the bank of your pond and this is not only because of the beautiful appearance of the pond plants. No, because they also have a very important and indispensable function. Through the filtering effect of the pond shore plant adds oxygen to the pond water, keeping it clean from waste products and algae formation. algae formation so that the water parameters stable and your pond and any pond fish in it remain healthy. Furthermore, the plant provides shelter for pond animals in and around the pond, when you have an animal-friendly pond want an animal-friendly pond, riparian plants are indispensable.
What riparian plants exist?
Shoreline plants come in different shapes and sizes, there are too many to mention which makes that there is a shoreline plant for everyone that meets personal preferences. Below I will give top 5 of some of the strongest and most beautiful riparian plants out there.
- Irises: A plant with yellow, blue, pink, white or black flowers that grows well in moist areas such as along banks and in marshes.
- Lilycod: A plant with distinctive inflorescences resembling cigars. It grows in shallow water and along banks.
- Water mint: A plant with green leaves and purple flowers that grows well in moist areas such as along banks and in marshes. It has a distinctive mint scent.
- Swan Flower: A plant with white or pink flowers that grows in shallow water and along banks. It is an important food source for waterfowl.
- Calamus: A plant with long, narrow leaves and small yellow flowers. It grows in shallow water and along banks and spreads a pleasant fragrance.
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Where should riparian plants be planted?
Shoreline plants, as the name suggests, should be planted along the bank of the pond. This is because bank plants are marsh plants and these plants do best in shallow water and in a marshy substrate. Plant a bank plant at a maximum depth of 40 centimeters, there the bank plant will feel most comfortable and can grow to an average height of 100 centimeters, sometimes they can grow a lot higher, but this depends on the type of bank plant you have. A bank plant is an asset to any type of pond.
Shoreline plants are indispensable in the pond
Shoreline plants, through their filtering function, ensure that pond water remains clear and healthy and water conditions stable for pond fish and other pond animals. - Simon
Are riparian plants hardy?
The riparian plant is generally a strong pond plant, but not every bank plant is hardy. If you want a pond that does not require too much maintenance, then choose a hardy bank plant from our aquatic plant nursery. We only grow hardy species because this is an investment for the pond, hardy species come back stronger and more beautiful every year. Ideal!
Hardy riparian plants for the pond
How many riparian plants do I place at my pond?
My advice is to place at least 1 pond basket containing 4 shore plants per square meter in the pond and to place a maximum of 4 pond baskets with thus 16 shore plants per square meter. Whether you place 1 or 4 baskets in the pond depends on your personal preference, do you prefer a fully vegetated pond bank? Then choose to place 4 pond baskets. When your pond is well designed then it will maintain itself.
Frequently asked questions about riparian plants
Our riparian plants from our own nursery require very little care because we only grow hardy aquatic plants so the plants are very strong. All you can do from time to time is give some nutrition to the aquatic plant and prune the plant occasionally when you feel it is growing too fast.
There are a lot of riparian plants, but the riparian plants I often recommend as a pond specialist because of their strong nature and beautiful appearance are: Swan flower (Butomus umbellatus), Dwarf licorice (Typha minima) and Water mint (Mentha aquatica).
Simon van der Velde
Pond specialist and aquatic plant grower since 1986
Simon's vision is to let nature do its work in your pond. No need to buy all kinds of measuring equipment and water improvers. If the fish are swimming nicely and the plants are growing well, then the water in the pond is of good quality. With a good planting plan and the right approach, you can save a lot of money and maintenance, and ensure a clear, biologically balanced pond that becomes more beautiful every year.