Last updated on October 6th, 2017 at 11:22 am
It is always popular reed in the own garden to plant. There are different types and varieties. Which of these is optimal for your garden and the project always depends on what you need it for.
In general, the reed is suitable for the planting of garden ponds and these species need swampy ground to thrive well. But there are also other species that make themselves as optical eye-catchers in the middle of the lawn or on a bed. There are relatively low reeds that thrive both in the environment of a pond and on a bed, and giant reeds which can well overflow even dry phases and can be used as visibility around the terrace or even as a visibility fence. In general, there are hundreds of reeds and varieties. That is why we would like to explain and introduce only a few of them.
What reed for what purpose?
A visual protection Miscanthus giganteus, which is known as giant Chinese or elephant grass, is suitable for a visual protection hedge. It grows up to 4 m high and grows well on all soils up to sandy soil, needs little fertilizer, is quite unpretentious, but must be cut back once a year in spring.
- As a viewpoint
Miscanthus Sinensis (Chinaschilf) is up to 2 m high and is more like a perennial than the Pampasgras (Cortaderia selloana), which is available in different colors and which can reach a height of up to 2.50 m.What kind of preference is preferred here is the soil conditions. Pampas grass needs dry soil, while Chinaschilf loves it a little moister. China chief also grows outside the edges of the pond and needs moist, but not necessarily swampy soil, but it can also be planted as a pond border.
- As a pond enclosure
Very good as a pond border is also our domestic reed (Phragmites), which is available in every good water plant nursery in different sizes.
How to plant reeds the best?
- Perennials are optimal
It is advisable to buy well-developed perennials and place them at a sufficient distance depending on the size to be expected later.
- Sufficient water in the growing phase you should also the types who like it rather dry, keep nice and moist. Later, this is only necessary with the marsh plants. The others also tolerate dry periods well.
- Reeds from seeds
Reeds can also be grown from seeds. They can be bought for sale, or they can be obtained from their plants simply by cutting the umbels. Simply put in pots. They grow very quickly. Reeds can also be reproduced well by dividing the perennials. This is usually done in large-scale horticulture.
Reeds on or in the pond
- At the edges of the pond, the species which love damp soil can also simply be buried in the earth.
- If you want to create flowering islands in a large swimming pond, you should put pedestals here and place them on these plant baskets, which can be well stocked with various marsh plants, including reeds. They are then slightly higher and can also be seen in the lower parts of a pond.