Aquatic Plants utilize the nitrates in your pond and because of this are an important part of keeping a clean pond. Your local pond plant supplier will have the best pond plants ideas for you because they understand what will work well in your local area. Pond plant success varies within different landscape zones. Pond plants can be referred to as tropical or hardy but are not always labeled that way nor by zone. But give a plant a try because even tropical water plants can be used seasonally as an annuals.
You will likely shop for pond plants based on the design of your water feature, there are marginal pond plants, submersible pond plants aka oxygenators and water lily. Each serves a different purpose in your water feature beyond adding beauty.
Some experts say your pond plants should cover 40-65% of the
pond surface area but much also depends on the shading effect your landscape plants whether you are in a cold or tropical climate and other considerations.
Popular Marginals like Thalia, Pickerel Weed, Canna, or Dwarf Papyrus will help clean the pond like a filter.
Tropical water lily need a good amount of sunlight to bloom and are quite big while hardy water lilies tend to be a bit smaller but also require sunlight to bloom. Both varieties are definitely worth a place in your pond. They add shade and cover for your fish.
Oxygenators or Submersed Aquatic plants like anacharis are always popular if you can find them and are great for cleaning your pond.
Certain species of plants such as water lettuce or water hyacinth are great but not legal everywhere.
Shop for pond plants locally to get the most successful results and professional pond plant advice!