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.

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.