Something for every water garden, from small bowls to large ponds!

iris ensata - Illustration by Helen KrayenhoffWater Lilies (Nymphaea) are a true delight; the main plants that highlight the beauty of a pond. We offer a selection of colors (whites, pinks, yellows, reds and changeables) that have been rooted a year in advance, so they should produce flowers 4 to 6 weeks after planting. 

Water Striders are among the most popular plants for the water garden. There is grace and intrigue in the way their small leaves and delicate flowers trail across the pond’s surface. Some favorites include Floating Heart (Nymphoides peltata), Four-leaf Clover (Marsilea mutica), and Parrot’s Feather (Myriophyllum brasiliense), which is an oxygenator. Most varieties perform nicely in small containers, such as half barrels.

Dramatic Foliage This group of shallow-water varieties has uniquely attractive foliage and form. Taro (Colocasia esculenta), Umbrella Papyrus (Cyperus alternifolius), and Indian Rhubarb (Darmera peltata) are among those offering texture and structure that add a bold effect to the pond.

Rushes and Reeds These are perhaps the most natural-looking of the water plants. Rushes and reeds don’t have showy flowers or lush foliage, but they offer vertical lines, stiffness and contrast. Several have the added attraction of striped, banded, or variegated foliage. Look for the Corkscrew Rush (Juncus spiralis), the Graceful Cattail (Typha angustifolia), and the Horsetail Rush (Equisetum hyemale), and many others.

Bog Color Water Irises and a variety of bog plants provide a broad spectrum of colors in their flowers and foliage. The vigorous, free-blooming irises may be grown submerged in shallow water, in a bog, or in regular garden soil with ample watering. Other bog plants, including Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica), Mexican Bluebell (Ruellia brittoniana) and Red Bog Lily (Crinum ‘Menehune’), bloom at different times of the year, allowing for something flowering in the pond nearly every month of the year.