Small Garden Ponds with edible plants

By stocking your small garden pond with carefully selected plants including edible herbs, you can create a habitat that fulfils several functions at once.

Garden Pond functions:

The small pond is a habitat for local frogs and insects, it helps to cool a small section of the garden for sitting and makes an environment for water plants to grow adding to biodiversity and interest.

Water Celery functions:

Variegated Water Celery is a colorful, low spreading plant typically planted in water gardens partially submerged at the margins. The colorful, serrated leaflets of the Variegated Water Celery pops with beautiful pink tips! About mid summer, tiny white flowers in umbels bloom.

Also known as the Flamingo Plant or Java Dropwort, it’s a popular favorite for Koi ponds since it makes a nutritious snack for hungry mouths. Some gardeners recommend rotating two planters – keeping one in the pond for koi and another kept away from koi and allowed to grow back – to maintain a constant supply on hand.

Though it is a lovely ornamental plant, the Variegated Water Celery is fast growing so take care in placement and expect plenty of spread. When placed properly, the Variegated Water Celery makes an excellent ground cover and a great choice for bog filters.

Good hiding spot for tadpoles; food; good cover for pond surface reducing green algae.

Lomandra longifolia functions:

Lomandra longifolia is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) and are pollinated by Beetles.

Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Parts: Flowers; Leaves.

Edible Uses:

Flowers – raw. A flavour of fresh peas. Both sexes are used though the male flowers are easier to harvest. White leaf bases – raw. A flavour of green peas, they are refreshing and enjoyable.

An indigenous plant from the New South Wales area of Australia, and therefore likely to attract beneficial insects; habitat for local frogs; provides shade for seedlings on hot days if your small pond is Australian.

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