Posted: 20/09/2013 at 11:38
Sara anywhere that sells pond plants will be selling stuff off just now or in the near future so it's a good time to buy and you can just keep them in containers of water or similar over the winter in a sheltered spot. I had water hyacinth many years ago and it's really beautiful- not too hardy up here so I lost it, but beautiful fragrance. Water mint is handy if you've a space to fill, but- like it's ground dwelling relations- it's invasive so keep it in containers. At my last house it had been planted at one end, where the spring fed into the pond, in 3 or 4 tyres so it wasn't an issue although it seeded around a bit. Great for wildlife.
Lovely bit of work there dannyson. It'll be really great next year when it all fills out and you get all the wildlife in. It doesn't take long either. It's the best feature to have in a garden by far. I miss the ponds at my last house and even if I can only have a tiny one here I'll do it.