Tropical Water Canna

Cannas come in many colors and shapes. They are a tropical plant that require a lot of sunshine for full blooming potential.

 

Planting Depth:  Top of pot should be 1″ to 4″ above the water line.

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade (It is tropical so more sunshine will improve blooming)

Blooming Window: Early Summer through Autumn; up to the first frost

Longevity: Perennial

 

Perry Slocum Lotus

Planting Depth: The root mass or pot should be just below the surface of the water

Sunshine:  At least 6 hours of full sun per day

Blooming Window: Summer to Autumn

Longevity:  Perennial

Large double blooms open deep pink, changing to pink with yellow, and then to yellow. Especially free flowering, pleasant fragrance. Leaves grow 18-24 inches across. Plant grows 4 to 5 feet tall. Fertilize well in the Summer.

Pink Sunburst Canna

Pink Sunburst is a dwarf variety of Tropical Water Canna that doesn’t reach more than 2 feet in height.  This Canna has bright pink flowers and stunningly variegated foliage. You can enjoy flowers all summer long with this tropical marginal plant. Full to partial sun.

 

Planting Depth:  Crown should be 1″ to 4″ above the water line

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window:  Early Summer to Autumn; up to the first frost.

Longevity:  Perennial

 

Blue Forget-Me-Not

Easily grown in organically rich, consistently moist to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Grows in up to 3” of standing water. Plant in containers in water gardens. Plant directly in the muddy banks of streams or ponds at the water line. Plants will spread by creeping rhizomes but are not overly aggressive. Pinch young plants to promote bushiness. Blooms June to August Flowers ares sky blue with yellow centers. Full sun to part shade

Watercress

Fast-growing, aquatic or semi-aquatic, perennial plant native to Europe and Asia, and one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans. is a perennial semi-aquatic vegetable plant known for its spicy foliage that’s popular in salads and similar dishes as a peppery, tangy flavor. The hollow stems of watercress are floating. Small, white and green flowers are produced in clusters.

African Sunset Canna

Planting Depth:  Crown should be 1″ to 4″ above the water line

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window: Early Summer to Autumn

Longevity: Perennial

Variegated foliage consisting of extra wide leaves with plentiful red veining. The large ruffled flowers are orange with darker trim. Hummingbird attractant. Blooms all summer long. 4-6 feet with a vase shaped habit. Great as a container specimen or grouped at the back of a bed. Remove flowers as they fade. In autumn, after frost kills the foliage, cut plants back to 6 inches tall.

Lemon Bacopa

Single large stems can be allowed to grow slowly upward. A group of such specimens will produce long, solid stalks with circumferential leaf groups. This technique can create a strong vertical element in an aquascape. When cut or crushed, the plant produces a strong lemon-mint smell. B. caroliniana can also be kept in outdoor ponds or tubs. When allowed to grow in an immersed state, it will produce characteristic small purple flowers.

Barbara Dobbins Peach Lily

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Planting Depth: Submersible

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window: Summer to Autumn

Longevity:  Perennial

Peach outer petals pale to yellow in the center blossom. Flowers stand high above the water. Known for blooming often.

Water Lettuce

Planting Depth:  Floater

Sunshine:  Full Sun or Partial Shade

Longevity:  Annual

Tropical, free floating plant.  Velvety ribbed leaves form delicate, pale green rosettes.  Resembles a cabbage plant. The leaves grows 8 – 10 in. long and 4 in. wide and produce plantlets that stretch out from the mother plant on slender stems.  These can be separated and the older plants can be thinned out. If yellowing occurs the plants can be separated from the pond and fertilized.  Excellent in shady ponds.

Aztec Arrowhead

Planting Depth:  Top of the pot should be above the water line

Sunshine:  Partial Shade

Blooming Window: Early Summer to Autumn

Longevity: Perennial

 

Aztec Arrowhead has large, stiff, spear-shaped leaves that are produced at the end of thick stems. They may grow 2 to 4 feet tall and should be kept in 1 to 6 inches water depth. Sagittaria montevidensis flowers bloom all season, are white with a large dark red spot at the bottom of each petal and have a yellow pistil and stamen.

Colocasia Black Magic

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Planting Depth:  Top of the pot should be above the water line

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window: Early Summer to Autumn

Longevity: Perennial

 

Best grown in fertile organically rich, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Full sun generally brings out the best leaf color for this cultivar. Great as a pond marginal in water up to the top of the pot. Plants produce prodigious amounts of growth and appreciate regular fertilization during the growing season.

PatonYellow Canna

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Planting Depth:  Crown should be 1″ to 4″ above the water line

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window: Early Summer to Autumn

Longevity: Perennial

Tall, upright, herbaceous perennial. The narrow foliage is a waxy blue green. Yellow species-type flower with orange petals in the center are borne all summer long.Mature height of 3 to 4 feet.

Patio Joe Lily

Planting Depth: Submersible up to 2 ft.

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window: Summer to Autumn

Longevity:  Perennial

Pinky Peach. Cup shaped blooms of 3-5 inches. Green leaves with slight speckling. Grows 3-5 feet wide in full sun in 6-24 inches of water. Good for any size pond.

Pink Sparkle Lily

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Planting Depth: Floater

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window: Summer to Autumn

Longevity:  Perennial

Silvery pink. Cup shaped blooms of 4-6 inches. Green leaves reach 10-12 inches across. Can grow 3-5 feet wide in full sun in 6-24 inches of water. Good for medium ponds. Small lily sends its star-shaped blooms well above the water. Flowers seem to sparkle in sunlight like pink champagne.

Pink Freckle Face Canna

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Pink Freckle Face Canna

Planting Depth:  Crown should be 1″ to 4″ above the water line

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window: Early Summer to Autumn

Longevity: Perennial

Vibrant green foliage consisting of extra wide leaves with a red margin. The large ruffled flowers are pink with darker pink freckles on top of purplish stems. Hummingbird attractant. Blooms all summer long. 4-6 feet with a vase shaped habit. Great as a container specimen or grouped at the back of a bed. Remove flowers as they fade. In autumn, after frost kills the foliage, cut plants back to 6 inches tall.

Other Cannas:

PatonYellow Canna

Emerald Sunset Canna

Emerald Sunset Canna

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Planting Depth:  Crown should be 1″ to 4″ above the water line

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window: Early Summer to Autumn

Longevity: Perennial

Vibrant green foliage consisting of extra wide leaves with a red margin. The large ruffled flowers are orange on top of purplish stems. Hummingbird attractant. Blooms all summer long. 4-6 feet with a vase shaped habit. Great as a container specimen or grouped at the back of a bed. Remove flowers as they fade. In autumn, after frost kills the foliage, cut plants back to 6 inches tall.

4 Leaf Water Clover

Planting Depth: 4 inches to 9 inches below the surface of the water

Sunshine:  Partial Shade

Blooming Window:  Grown for foliage

Longevity:  Perennial

Aquatic variegated four leaf clover. A favorite of everyone who grows it! Real 1-3″ four-leaf clover leaves float on the surface of the pond as the trailing vine spreads under the water. It does best when planted 4 inches to 9 inches below the surface of the water. Very easy growers, these plants are great for surface coverage and algae elimination. They also provide a protection from predators for koi and other fish especially important for vulnerable young fish.

Cinnabar Rose

Planting Depth:  1″-4″

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window:  Mid-Summer to Mid-Autumn

Longevity:  Perennial

This Lobelia has a nice medium bluish pink flower. The hairy foliage makes a rosette thru the winter and into late spring, when the flower spike pushes upward to 36″ by mid summer. The flowers then open for a show that will last (including re-blooms) until frost. Will flourish in full sun or partial shade if planted in deep, moist soil.

Dwarf Sunny Sky Lotus

Light red dwarf, abundant, single blooms of 4–6 inches, very wide and flaring. Height 2–3 feet. Dwarf to small spread. Good for containers and small to medium ponds with water up to 6 inches deep.

Water Hyacinth

Planting Depth:  Floater

Sunshine:  Full Sun or Partial Shade

Blooming Window:  Spring through Autumn

Longevity:  Annual

Noted for its prominent lavender-blue flowers and fleshy, rounded, floating leaves. Water Hyacinth grows quickly in warm water. A few plants bought in the Spring can easily turn into a few hundred by Fall (they are excellent for compost in the perennial border or the vegetable garden). Plants propagate readily from leaf shoots which develop into new plants. It is a welcome addition to the water garden for its ability to filter out unwanted nutrients and for its attractive flowers.

Growing water hyacinth plants is easy. Once established, they require no special care except occasional thinning to keep them from choking out everything else in the pond. Under perfect conditions, a colony of water hyacinths can double its size every 8 to 12 days.

Water hyacinths need full sun and hot summer temperatures. Introduce them to the garden by scattering bunches of plants over the surface of the water. They quickly take hold and begin to grow. Thin the plants when they cover more than 60 percent of the water surface.

Chinese Lizard Tail

Planting Depth:  2″ to 12″ as long as the top of the leaves crown out of the water.

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window:  June to September

Longevity:  Perennial

Oval leaves grow on upright branching stems and tiny fragrant white flowers bloom from June to September. It thrives in wet soil—perfect for bogs or ponds. Grows up to 24″

Lizard’s Tail is a favorite food of turtles, which eat the leaves. Bees love the flowers for the nectar. Lizard’s Tail is an important plant as cover and shelter, and as a place for egg-laying. Many fish, frogs, salamanders, crayfish, turtles, snakes, and insects hide among the stems underwater. Above the water line, insects and spiders crawl around on the stems and leaves. Dragonflies, frogs, salamanders, and many other animals will lay eggs on, around, or inside Lizard’s Tail stems.

 

Blue Moneywort

Planting Depth:  2″ to 4″  – Not to be fully submerged

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window:  Year-round

Longevity:  Perennial

A mat-forming, semi-evergreen, aquatic perennial with fleshy, rounded to heart-shaped, bright green leaves and small, tubular, violet and white flowers in Summer. This is an excellent creeper that will love surrounding rocks, pavers or steps and is perfect for spilling over containers.

 

Dwarf Papyrus

Planting Depth:  1″ to 4″  The root mass must be submerged

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Low Light

Blooming Window: Grown for foliage

Longevity:  Annual

Upright arching. A small, aquatic sedge that resembles its giant cousin, Egyptian papyrus. Fine-textured, threadlike, terminal bracts and glossy, green umbels that grow to 2-3″ in diameter. The flowers are borne in noticeable brown spikes. A wonderful accent in small pools, ponds, pots, or tubs, and a stunning choice for fresh or dried arrangements.

 

Marsh Marigolds

Planting Depth:  0″ to 5″

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window: March to June

Longevity: Perennial

Nearly round leaves are heart-shaped and have dentate margins. Waxy yellow buttercup-like flowers are produced in early Spring. Usually grows 1-1.5 ft. in shallow water up to 4 – 5 in. deep or in soggy soil around the pond or stream. Is notorious for going dormant during the summer when placed in full sun in hot summers. They grow and flourish when in shady area or shaded by other plants.

 

Micro Miniature Cattails

Planting Depth:  0″ to 4″

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window: Summer through Autumn

Longevity: Perennial

12 to 18″ tall with narrow needle-like leaves. This is a really delightful dwarf species. This unique micro-miniature cattail has delicate reed-like leaves which are bluish-green in color. Sporting masses of 1″, round, extremely attractive pokers. It is one of the most popular pond plants available. Good for natural and lined garden ponds, it grows in mud or up to 4″ of water and is non-invasive. Top of the pot should be 0-3″ below the water surface.

 

Society Garlic Variegated

Planting Depth:  1″ to 4″

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window: Summer to Autumn

Longevity:  Perennial

Tulbaghia Violacea Variegata is a species of flowering plant in the onion family Alliaceae, indigenous to Southern Africa. It is a clump-forming perennial with narrow leaves and large clusters of fragrant, violet flowers from mid-Summer to Autumn. Spread: 12″ to 18″
This plant smells strongly of garlic or onion when bruised or cut. Grows to a height of about 1′.

Society Garlic

Planting Depth:  1″ to 4″

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window: Summer to Autumn

Longevity:  Perennial

Dainty heads of lilac-pink flowers on stalks rise above blue-gray foliage having thin white margins. New growth has pink tinge in early Spring. Brushing against plants gives garlic-like fragrance. The leaves can be used in cooking like garlic chives and the bulbs can be used like garlic.

Queen of the Whites Lily

Planting Depth: Floater

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window: Summer to Autumn

Longevity:  Perennial

Clean crisp white bloom. Goblet-shaped blooms of 4-6 inches. Good bloomer; outstanding cup shaped flowers. Green leaves. Can grow 4-8 feet wide in full sun to part shade in 6-48 inches or more of water. Good for medium or large ponds.

Hardy water lilies are planted using a loam garden soil and 2-3 fertilizer tablets. Hardy lilies grow horizontally. The rhizome should be planted at one edge of the container with the rhizome planted at an angle of about 45 degrees with the crown exposed. Top with an inch or two of pea gravel or sand. The plant can be lowered to a depth of 6 inches to begin with, and then lowered to a depth of 48 inches as the plant grows. Hardy lilies should be planted in early Spring and should be fertilized every 4 weeks. They bloom from June through September depending on the weather and become dormant during the colder months. As Spring approaches, growth will begin again.

Lemon Chiffon Lily

Planting Depth: Floater

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window: Summer to Autumn

Longevity:  Perennial

Lemon sherbet yellow. Double soft yellow blooms on medium plant. Ball or peony shaped blooms of 4-6 inches. Has freckled leaves. Can grow 4-8 feet wide in full sun to part shade in 6-36 inches of water. Food for medium or large ponds. Good bloomer, with attractive marbled foliage.

Hardy water lilies are planted using a loam garden soil and 2-3 fertilizer tablets. Hardy lilies grow horizontally. The rhizome should be planted at one edge of the container with the rhizome planted at an angle of about 45 degrees with the crown exposed. Top with an inch or two of pea gravel or sand. The plant can be lowered to a depth of 6 inches to begin with, and then lowered to a depth of 36 inches as the plant grows. Hardy lilies should be planted in early Spring and should be fertilized every 4 weeks. They bloom from June through September depending on the weather and become dormant during the colder months. As Spring approaches, growth will begin again.

 

Rembrandt Lily (Meteor Lily)

Planting Depth: Floater

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window: Summer to Autumn

Longevity:  Perennial

Red, flat, peony-shaped blooms of 5-6 inches. Green leaves flecked and shaded with red and with red undersides. Grows to 4-6 feet wide in full sun in 6-36 inches of water. Good for medium or large ponds. Beautiful medium to large red. Good bloomer. Very fast growing. Our most popular red.

Hardy water lilies are planted using a loam garden soil and 2-3 fertilizer tablets. Hardy lilies grow horizontally. The rhizome should be planted at one edge of the container with the rhizome planted at an angle of about 45 degrees with the crown exposed. Top with an inch or two of pea gravel or sand. The plant can be lowered to a depth of 6 inches to begin with, and then lowered to a depth of 36 inches as the plant grows. Hardy lilies should be planted in early Spring and should be fertilized every 4 weeks. They bloom from June through September depending on the weather and become dormant during the colder months. As Spring approaches, growth will begin again.

 

Water Hawthorne

Planting Depth:  Floater

Sunshine:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooming Window:  May to September

Longevity:  Perennial

Very attractive plant for cooler water in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Flowers in the Spring and again in the Fall. Water Hawthorne extends the season of flowers in the pond, blooming before water lilies in the Spring and flowering again in the fall after water lilies have finished blooming. Blooms are white with black stamens and have a vanilla fragrance. The foliage is elliptical, shiny, and dark green; Sometimes with a tinge of purple. It grows in sun to part shade in water from 6 inches to 4 feet deep with a spread of about 24-30 inches. Water Hawthorne is hardy in cold water and can withstand a freeze; needing no particular Winter care or attention.