Plants for a Water Garden

Many oxygenating plants do not need planting and simply float just above or below the surface. These are great options for a vibrant water garden.

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Nymphaea 'Froebeli'

Nymphaea 'Froebeli' has burgundy red flowers with light pink, white tipped sepals. Good for tub gardens or small pools, these are commonly referred to as water lilies since they have adapted to living in a total water environment.

Typha Minima

Dwarf cattail, or Typha minima, produces small brown catkins that appear in summer surrounded by narrow, grassy reed-like leaves. Very effective for moist sites around ponds and water.

Myriophyllum Aquaticum

Myriophyllum aquaticum, or parrot feather, is an emersed plant that frequently trails along the water surface of ponds. With its delicate, feathery bright green profuse leaves, it's easy to see why this plant is called parrot feather.

Nymphaea 'Pygmaea Helvola'

Nymphaea 'Pygmaea Helvola' is a small, slightly fragrant star-shaped pygmy water lily with pale yellow flowers. It will happily grow in little water and is a perfect candidate for a small pond or tub in a sheltered sunny site.

Victoria Water Lilies

The pads of Victoria water lilies can grow up to 8 feet or more in diameter and have a raised lip around their perimeter.

Fragrant Marliacea Albida Water Lily

Nymphaea, Marliacea Albida, is a free flowering water lily variety that produces a profusion of fragrant, bowl shaped, double white flowers with prominent yellow centers from June to September. It is the most popular white water lily in cultivation.

Water Lettuce

Water lettuce, Pistia stratiotes, are glorious with its evergreen leaves that look like little ribbed fans. Its a floater and is ideal in a warm sheltered pond.

Dwarf Water Lilies Are Suitable for Smaller Ponds

Nymphaea, Pygmaea Helvola, is a miniature yellow waterlily with rounded, speckled, greenish leaves that float on the water surface. Flowers bloom continuously from summer into fall. Each flower opens in the morning and closes at night.

Pond Iris

The yellow flag iris thrives along the margins of ponds and bears flowers with yellow petals with brown or violet markings.

Japanese Water Iris

Iris laevigata, also known as Japanese Water Iris or Kakitsubata, thrives in swampy places as a water-loving evergreen. Its flowers are a rich purple-blue with falls that have a white mid-stripe.

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