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Water gardens, can be defined as an exterior landscape element primary purpose is to house and garden or landscaping.  Water gardening is gardening that is concerned with growing plants adapted to ponds and fishes as pets. 

Where is the best place to put or build a water garden.

-full sun area or at least half day sun area

-raise planter or hard to grow area or wet areas

-point of view

-compatibility counts—house, garden and yard

-safety of young children

How to calculate the water volume and water surface: water volume=length X width X depth X  7.5 (7.5 is roughly the number of gallons in a cubic foot of water), water surface= length X width.

Plant in the pond: 

-oxygenating plants

-floating plants such as water hyacinth, water lettuce, duckweed, water velvet

-water lilies:  hardy water lily, tropical water lily, night blooming water lily, lotus

-marginal and bog plants.

Quick guide for water problem

-pea soup green:  cause by algae-use algaefix and maintain the water with barley straws 

-yellow color:  decaying leaves-clean out all the leaves and use sludge-digesting bacteria

-reddish brown:  silt build up-vacuum bottom and add silt-digesting bacteria

-milky white:  bacterial bloom-leave it alone because it is still a new pond

-black:  extensive pollution-completely drain and strip-clean pond.


Oxygenators photosythesis underwater creating oxygen which then dissolves.  This is not only essential for all animal life, but also for bacteria which help to keep the water clear. It’s always good to have them in the pond.  


Water Hyacinth is the most popular used floating water garden plant . With bright purple petals, the Water Hyacinth flower is great at competing with algae over excess pond nutrients, creating a terrific spawning area for the pond fish. Plus, the Water Hyacinth is a very beautiful plant for any water garden. It’s long feathery dangling roots easily make it perfect for added filtration. It’s also provide a shade for your fishes and keep water clear.  It is a basic and must have for water garden.  Beautiful flowers during a warm season.  


Water Lettuce also is the most popular used floating water garden plant . It’s long feathery dangling roots easily make it perfect for added filtration. It’s also provide a shade for your fishes and keep water clear.  It is a basic and must have for water garden.  Required full sun, half day sun, or partial shade.


Nymphaeaceae /ˌnɪmfiːˈeɪsiː/ is a family of flowering plants, commonly called water lilies. They live as rhizomatous aquatic herbs in temperate and tropical climates around the world.  Horticulturally, water lilies have been hybridized for temperate gardens since the 19th century, and the hybrids are divided into three groups: hardy, night-blooming tropical, and day-blooming tropical water lilies. Hardy water lilies are hybrids of Nymphaea species from the subgenus Castalia; night-blooming tropical water lilies are developed from the subgenus Lotos; and the day-blooming tropical plants arise from hybridization of plants of the subgenus Brachyceras. Water lilies do not have surface leaves in the winter time, and therefore the gases in the rhizome lacunae access equilibrium with the gases of the sediment water. The leftover of internal pressure is embodied by the constant streams of bubbles that outbreak when rising leaves are ruptured in the spring. Methane is still penetrating the roots and rhizome in the summer, moving fast up the petioles, and goes out over the emergent leaves into the atmosphere. Water Lilies require full sun or at least half day sun.  Feeding the lily during warm months with aquatic plant food.  All water lily will be available in our retail store from mid spring to fall, variety may various. Water comes in a container and it’s ready to be put in the pond or larger container.  it required approximately 2 feet deep and at least helf day sun or full sun.  Fertilzed once a month during warm season.


The Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) symbolizes purity, beauty, majesty, grace, fertility, wealth, richness, knowledge and serenity. The Pink Lotus is the National Flower of India. Nelumbo nucifera is known by a number of common names, including Sacred lotus, Indian lotus and Sacred water-lily. otuses are found in white and pink colors in general and they grow in shallow and murky waters. Lotus flowers enjoy warm sunlight and are intolerant to cold weather. This is why the Lotus is not seen blossoming in the winter. The floating leaves and Lotus flowers have long stems, which contain air spaces to maintain the buoyancy. The Lotus is native to Asia and flourishes in a wide range of climates from India to China. The Lotus plant is an aquatic perennial, native to southern Asia and Australia and most commonly cultivated in water gardens. The plant has its roots firmly in the mud and sends out long stems to which their leaves are attached. The leaves are sometimes, and Lotus flowers always, raised above the water surface. The beautiful and fragrant Lotus flower opens in the morning and petals fall in the afternoon. Lotus come in a container which can be put in approximately 2 feet deep into a pond or larger container.  Need full sun or at lease half day sun, feeding once a month with aquatic fertilizer during a warm months.  Plant’s available during late spring to early summer, please call check for more detail at the store.

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  1. Elizabeth Head

    I am so pleased with my plumeria cuttings. My first order has taken root and on 75% of them they are beginning to make flowers, all in 6 weeks time. (I am in central Florida).
    I was so pleased, that I ordered more cuttings to continue decorating my patio. I currently have my plumerias in pots around the pool. As they grow out of their pots I will choose some to plant in the yard. Others I will graft and see how that goes.
    Thank you so much for the fine specimens that you sell.
    I am a client for life.

    1. Ed

      HI Elizabeth,

      It also a fun things to do grafing, it is not difficult at all just need practice and thank you for your order. Have a good day.

      Upland Nursery

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