Go Native in the Pond

Frog in water fern
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When you next visit your local garden or pond centre you might see the winsome Charlie Dimmock, who is fronting the new DEFRA Be Plant Wise campaign. Hats off to her and to the campaign, which aims to increase awareness of invasive non-native aquatic plants – it’s apparently very necessary. While I was researching native aquatic and marginal plants to sell on the website, I was amazed that while it was very difficult to find them you could buy all sorts of really aggressive nasties relatively easily. These non-native plants spread incredibly quickly and de-oxygenate ponds and waterways, which is bad news for other flora and for wildlife.
Buy this Iris and you'll get more than you bargained for...
For the record, according to the Be Plant Wise website the top five thugs are floating pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides) parrot’s feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum), pictured left, New Zealand pigmyweed or Australian swamp stonecrop (Crassula helmsii), water primrose (Ludwigia grandiflora) and water fern, (Azolla filiculoides). Thanks to Kate Bradbury for blogging about it on the Gardener’s World site – it’s very much an issue that needs highlighting.
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