Discounting the tree variety and the tiny aquatic fern sold as fairy moss
for ponds, garden ferns vary from about a foot or so high to giants, which have fronds reaching about 5ft.
PULL out blanketweed and floating plants like fairy moss
and duckweed that are taking over your pond.
Other easy-care plants suitable for small ponds include water hyacinths, umbrella grass and fairy moss
One of the smallest ferns available is fairy moss
, or fairy fern, the tiny floating fern for ponds which multiplies rapidly in summer to provide shade.
is probably the most widely grown and has half-inch ferny fronds that spread over the water surface.
Thin out any floating weeds, such as fairy moss
or duckweed before you leave and, if it is a problem, take out as much blanketweed as you can to prevent the pond becoming choked while you are away.
Add floating plants such as fairy moss
to shade the surface and prevent further algae growth.
Azolla caroliniana, or fairy moss
, is a floating plant with small half-inch ferny fronds that spread over the surface of the water.