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Best Wildlife Pond Plants

Discussion in 'Water Gardening' started by Redwing, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. Redwing

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    Some of you will remember that at the end of last summer we made a wildlife pond. See: We're Making a Wildlife Pond

    I want it to truly be a wildlife pond and almost everything I plant will have wildlife value.

    To keep it healthy over winter I added plenty of native oxygenators. Also a few native plants given by a friend (Marsh Marigold, Flag Iris, Bogbean, Purple Loosestrife and Water Mint).

    Now that it's spring I am looking for suggestions of what to plant. On my list are:
    Greater Spearwort (Ranunculus linguea)
    Lesser Spearwort (Ranunculus flammula)
    Veronica, Pickerel plant (pontideria cordata)
    Water Crowfoot (Ranunculus aquatillis)
    Marsh Woundwart (stachys palustris)
    Common Spikerush (eleocharis palustris)

    Is this a good list and is there anything else I should consider? I rather like the purple iris'; what's a good one for ponds? Also I like the nutgrasses but are they any good for wildlife? Also astilbe for the marginal area; are they good for bees?
     
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