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Despite what you might think, sinkers, soakers, floaters and chokers are all plants that are perfect for your pond

The show gardens at Bloom in the Phoenix Park in Dublin this year were awash with water features. However, while stunning in all their reflective glory, they were mostly of a formal style, leaving little room for water plants or wildlife.

John Sweeney, who specialises in water gardens, said that, despite the show gardens at Bloom, the gardening trend is to go back to basics with natural-looking wildlife ponds that provide enjoyment and are simple...

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