Koi Villa offers a wide variety of aquatic plants for all of your pond needs.
Our products are always readily available and you can order them by calling us at 401-392-0255 or through our online store
Bog & Marginal Plants
From water lilies and lotus, we enjoy the plants that float in our ponds. In the background are grasses and sedges that wave in the breeze and “Forget Me Nots” will creep along the ponds edge.
All aquatic plants have their place in pond beauty and balance, none as important for balance as submerged plants. Probably the most widely known and used of these is anacharis, but there are many others which also utilize excess nutrients, help prevent algae and provide cover for pond wildlife.
Floating plants are fun, attractive and also very useful. The water hyacinth another tropical plant has attractive foliage setting off its spire of orchid-like blooms but its real value in the garden pond is as "clean up crew". More and more is being learned about this plant's ability to filter out impurities in water and it is playing an important part in water purification projects world-wide. Other floating plants, like water lettuce and duckweed (tropical), provide shade for the pond water and fish. Be sure to check the "invasive" status of these plants where you live.
There are fascinating aquatic plants that grow in conditions like the water lily family but look quite different. The "Mosaic Plant" and "Water Snowflake" are two outstanding ones and are tropical.
Marginal and bog plants give dimension to the pond. There are so many possibilities and choices for you that we really try to have you buy your hardy bog plants first and then treat yourself to the tropical plants.
Waterlilies are the crown jewels of the pool. Just thinking of a garden pond evokes the image of a starry waterlily bloom reflecting in tranquil water or an opalescent flower floating upon it.
There are so many to choose from! Will it be "hardy", charming clusters of beautiful leaves with flowers often floating on the water's surface? Or will it be "tropical", sensational fragrant flowers usually held high above the water? And if tropical, might it be a night bloomer, shimmering in the moonlight?
The variety displayed by waterlilies is amazing, in sizes from the tiny yellow hardy pygmaea 'Helvola' to the giant light blue tropical 'Floyd Wolfarth'. The colors are truly gem-like, as are some of the names, like 'Ruby' and the 'Star of Siam', so like a star sapphire. There are autumn shades like 'Albert Greenberg' and "changeables" like 'Sioux'. There is even 'Green Smoke', a stunning tropical true to its name.
There are green pads and flecked pads and pads mottled with maroon. There are the multicolored pads of 'Arc-En-Ciel' and the pads-that-match-the-flower of the night bloomer 'Red Flare'. There are pointed pads and serrated pads and round pads. There are large ones like those of 'Laura Frase' and those of 'William McLane' that look like bronze-green-gold marble. There are even pads that make new little plantlets, the "viviparous" varieties.
The tropical lilies native to Australia are stunning and unusual in their shapes and sizes. N. gigantea is one of them and, in its various forms, can have flowers 12 inches across and pads up to 2 feet! Some of these can stay open 24 hours for as many as seven days.
Most waterlilies open for three days in succession, closing at night. Night blooming tropicals open those three days but from evening to mid-morning. In warmth and health, they can produce clusters of flowers from a single plant.
The family Nymphaeaceae is a large one, including not just waterlilies but also the giants Victoria and Euryale and several less well known genera. The Family Tree is the beginning of a journey of learning
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