It’s autumn in London.
The air and the ground is still warm, but the temperature during the days is getting low. It is still warm enough for the recently-pruned roses to sprout new shoots. But it’s not warm enough for the lawn to grow.
And it’s raining. I am making some researches about plants for small water feature.
Horsetail is normally considered as one of the most notorious weeds. It spreads quickly and is very difficult to eradicate. However, Equisetum hyemale is a pond plant that can be controlled if planted in a small water feature. Vertical shoots and their shape is attractively primitive. An interesting plant that can provide rush green background and height.
Also commonly called Flag Iris, Iris pseudacorus is a UK native pond plant with yellow flowers.
It can be vigorous so only a small number of it should be planted in a small water feature.
Waterlilies normally set their roots in deep water so they are not ideal for a small water feature.
But how can we have a water feature without waterlilies. The pure form of flowers can indeed purify our spirit, hence historically adored by Buddhism.
Nymphaea candida is a dwarf variety of waterlily that can also be grown in a small space if 30cm of depth is provided. It’s worth give it a go.
It will be vital to create different depth in a feature in order to accommodate various plants. It may be required to create an inner wall with water-permeable material to create a margin area.