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I love daffodils. To get the best from these wonderful flowers, I plant up a dozen plastic aquatic baskets with spring bulbs in autumn, choosing varieties that flower at different times. When spring arrives, I pop one basket after another
Chris Beardshaw demonstrates how to remove blanket weed from a pond and offers advice on adding marginal plants and oxygenators to reduce excess nitrogen.summerMore water gardening advicePlanting marginals in a containerGrowing marginal pond plants
Watch Joe Swift's practical video demonstration on choosing marginal plants for a garden pond. Plant choices include Cyperus involucratus, Equisetum hyemale and arum lily.summerMore water gardening projectsGrowing marginal plants in a container
Pond plantsWater enhances any garden, and there are a wide range of aquatic plants that will thrive when submerged in a pond. We spoke to expert grower Linda Smith at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2009, who recommended 10 of the best plants for garden
Create your own container display of marginal plants by following Chris Beardshaw's video advice on which compost to use and plant recommendations.summerMore advice on ponds and marginal plantsHow to maintain a healthy pond video project
aquatic compost6 assorted aquatic plants plus 2 oxygenating plantsWashed pea gravelLarge feature stone, a little taller than the height of the containerApril - Junean afternoonJune - SeptemberThoroughly clean the tin bath or your chosen container and seal
Joe Swift offers step-by-step video advice on propagating water lilies by division, with information on when to do it and a practical demonstration of dividing and potting them on.springMore on garden pondsGrowing marginal plants in a container
An aquatic plant, which, when submerged, releases oxygen into the water.
Any plant that grows either completely submerged in, or with leaves and flowers emerging from, water. It may be rooted in the soil or compost under water, or be free floating.
with new aquatic plantsKeep newly planted trees and shrubs well watered until establishedAvoid mowing off leaves of crocus and dwarf bulbs growing in lawns until early June