Apart from beauty, lilly pads create shade for your pond inhabitants; the fish will thank you. They also reduce maintenance and create crystal clear water conditions by inhibiting the much dreaded algae growth. You're welcome.
Don't forget your pond plants need some lovin' too. A once-a-year aquatic plant fetilizer will do the trick.
Native to South Africa and South America, this lovely plant likes to be grown in a rich soil in sun or partial shade. It does well in South Florida's tropical climate, but be careful it has been described as invasive in nature--choose the location you choose to plant it carefully.
Belle says plant this!
P.S. When it blooms, feel free to snip at a long stem to place in a vase in your home. The beauty can last up to three weeks.
Simple, we love bromeliads. But this one, the Chantinii Bromeliad also called the Amazonian Zebra Plant (see stripes on leaves),is an all time favorite. Makes for a great container plant or stick it right into the earth. Belle says plant this!
Lantanas. The butterflies just love them and it flowers year round. Double bonus.
Though there is downside: Lantanas can cause skin irritation (I know from personal experience). It is listed as an invasive
exotic species by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, which means
that it is known to be "invading and disrupting native plant
communities in Florida.
Knowing all of this, I still could not bear to rid my yard of every single one when I purchased my home. So, I quarantined a few in one corner.