Apr 262012

Illustration from "All the Garden's a Stage"

Water Hyacinth caricature from my book "All the Garden's a Stage"

Water plants love to spend their time sunbathing in landscaped water features. Here’s a caricature of the Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) I drew for my book All the Garden’s a Stage: Choosing the Best Plants for a Sustainable Garden.

These plants are decorative in both leaf and flower. If you want to show them off lounging in your pond or water container garden, beware that they will multiply fast and extras should not be introduced to native waters outside of your water garden. In warm climates the Water Hyacinth has become a serious pest in the wild where it is choking the flow of streams and rivers. If you have too many and don’t have a friend with a pond who wants your extras, try giving them to your local pond supply shop or composting them. Water plants melt down quickly in the compost heap offering excellent material for mulching the rest of the garden.