I am wanting to make a tiny water garden out of a large barrel I have..it is 2 feet wide and a foot deep..so pretty small. But t should be big enough to have a few pretty auatic plants in. I want to use this to start learning about water flowers so when I do a pond hopfully next spring I will have a little knowledge.
I know its not like having a pond and I will have to learn a lot about the pond makup and how it works and such but for now I want to keep it simple and just learn about a few mini water plants...I want to have fun with this.
So what kinds of plants would you all suggest for a beginner that would work well in a small water garden like this? Besides the barrel and water..what else do I need to keep the plants happy? Do they need to be potted or can I just put them in the water?
Any advice would be great.