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Hydrolea corymbosa

  • Hardy zones 8 - 11 [See Map]

  • Growing height: 24-30".

  • Planting depth: Top of the pot should be 0-2" below the water surface.

  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade.

  • Violet flowers in summer and fall.

  • Native to Florida

  • Also known as; Bladderpod and Bagpod

Red Bog Lily (Crinum 'menehune')

Red Bog Lily features deep burgundy, lance-shaped leaves standing up to 24" high. Pretty, pastel pink flowers during the summer months. An attractive plant for the water garden with its striking red foliage. Overwinter indoors or as a bulb.

Hardiness Zone: 8-11
Planting Container: We recommend a 2 gallon solid planting container or a medium planting bag.
Light Requirements: full sun to part shade
Height: 18" to 24" - Spread: 12" Wide
Water Depth: Moist soil or water up to 6" deep (Maximum water depth is for mature bog plants)

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Hydrolea corymbosa

Hydrolea corymbosa J. Macbr. ex Elliott

Skyflower, Tall Hydrolea

Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf Family)

Synonym(s): Nama corymbosa

USDA Symbol: HYCO7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Tall Hydrolea is a member of the waterleaf family (family Hydrophyllaceae). Waterleafs are usually herbs, rarely shrubs, often bristly or glandular, with flowers often arranged along one side of the branches or at the tip of the stem in coils like fiddlenecks.


This plant is also known as Duck Potato, Broad-Leaved Arrowhead and Common Arrowhead
Sagittaria latifolia

  • Hardy zones 5 - 11 [See Map]

  • Growing height: 18-24".

  • Planting depth: Top of pot should be 0-4" below the water surface.

  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade.

  • White 1-2" flowers in spring through fall - moderate bloomer.

  • This plant's arrow shaped leaves can grow up to 18" long.

  • Native to North America and northern parts of South America

  • Edible Tubers (similar to a potato)

Long, large, striking arrow-shaped leaves this is an excellent plant for structural foliage. It has small white flowers with yellow centres that turn green. Called Duck potato as ducks like the egg shaped tubers which also used to be eaten by the Indigenous peoples of the Americas.


9cm marginal plants require potting into a larger mesh basket. Place in a pond no deeper than 1/3 maximum recommended planting depth to allow the plants to establish. 1ltr marginal plants do not require repotting, place in pond no deeper than 1/2 maximum recommended planting depth to allow the plants to establish, plants over 60cm height growth will benefit from repotting into a larger mesh basket or should be planted in gravel to prevent them from falling over. 3ltr and 5ltr plants do not require repotting, as they are larger more established plants they can be placed up to the maximum recommended depth. There is no need to remove the mesh basket.


Little maintenance is required. Trim just above the water surface after foliage has died back in Autumn to tidy.


  • Colour: White / Green

  • Growth Rate: Medium

  • Flowers: Jun to Aug

  • Sun/Shade: Full sun to part shade

  • Native: N/A

  • Season: Spring, Summer

  • Height: 40-100cm

  • Depth: 2-20cm

  • Spread: N/A

14- Blue Pickerel Rush
Pontederia cordata

  • Hardy zones 3 - 11 [See Map]

  • Growing height: 18-30".

  • Planting depth: Top of the pot should be 0-6" below the water surface.

  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade.

  • Blue flowers spring through fall.

  • Glossy heart-shaped leaves are highlighted by blue flower spikes. Long blooming season. This is one of the most popular plants in a water garden.

  • Also known as; Pickerel Weed.

Pontederia cordata

Shiny bright green, heart-shaped leaves with multiple spikes of blue flower clusters combine to create a beautiful plant that is a standard of water garden ponds everywhere. Grows very quickly and easily will outgrow normal plant containers in a season, so annual transplanting is advised for best results. Similar to White Pickerel Rush in all aspects except flower color.

Native to North America.

Habit/ Height: Vertical to 30", spread to 24"
Water depth: 0-12" over the soil
Light: Full to partial sun
Bloom: Summer
Flower color: Blue
Hardiness: Zones 3-11
Recommended container size: 7.5 qt or larger.

15- Cardinal Flower
Lobelia fulgens

  • Hardy zones 5 - 11 [See Map]

  • Growing height: 2-4'.

  • Planting depth: Top of the pot should be 0-3 inches below water surface.

  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade.

  • 1/2-1" Red flowers in mid-late summer.

  • Cardinal flower should not be wintered submerged. Even where hardy, the pot should be removed form the pond before hard freeze and placed in the ground.

Lobelia Queen Victoria or the Cardinal Flower is tall and stately.Brilliant scarlet flowers on tall imposing stems; this is definitely a regal plant! Tall and stately lobelia is ideal for planting in a pond margin or even for naturally boggy, reliably moist soil in a border.


These hardy perennials love growing in moist soil!
Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM) as an outstanding garden plant.

For best results plant marginal and pond side plants into small 9cm 3in pots to grow on before planting in moist, boggy soil.

Flowers: August-September.

Height: 100cm

Planting Depth 0-15cm

16-Dwarf Cattail
Typha minima

  • Hardy zones 3 - 11 [See Map]

  • Growing height: 12-18".

  • Planting depth: Top of the pot should be 0-3" below the water surface.

  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade.

  • Small brown catkins appearing in summer are surrounded by narrow, grassy, reed-like leaves.

Dwarf Cattail (Typha minima) common names Miniature Cattail, Dwarf Bulrush or Bulrush, is a perennial herbaceous plant that belongs to the Typhaceae family that is in the major group Angiosperms (Flowering plants).
The biological form of Typha minima is hemicryptophyte (which means half-hidden)also meaning that they are plants half submerged. Vegetative repeduction, takes place by means of a short 5 to 8 millimeters thick rhizome (A horizontal, usually underground stem that often sends out roots and shoots from its nodes. Also called rootstalk, rootstock), that grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) deep in the ground.
Dwarf Cattail (Typha minima) is the smallest of the cattails. It reaches on average (12–31 inches) 30–80 centimeters in height, with a maximum of (55 inches) 140 centimeters. The leaves are blueish-green, uninterrupted, very narrow and duel. The minute flowers are unisexual and wind-pollinated. Male (staminate capable of fertilizing female organs) flowers are yellowish, while female (pistillate) flowers are greenish. The female inflorescence is brownish, elliptical (ovel-shaped).

17-Dwarf Papyrus
Cyperus haspans

  • Hardy zones 8-11 [See Map]

  • Growing height: 18-30".

  • Planting depth: Top of the pot should be 0-4" below the water surface.

  • Thrives in full sun to shade.

  • Spikey flower heads atop green stems.

The Dwarf Papyrus, also known as the Dwarf Egyptian Papyrus is an excellent marshy plant in small pools or when kept as a houseplant. It is the dwarf variety of the Giant Papyrus, and has strong stems reaching up to 30 inches tall with tufted umbrella-like foliage on the end. The tufts are yellow-green and turn a rich bronze in late summer.


Dwarf Papyrus make excellent deck and patio accents when planted in tubs or kettles and set in full sun to partial shade. They have very high moisture needs, so be sure to keep the appropriate amount of water in the pot. Dwarf Papyrus prefers a water depth of 1 to 4 inches over their crowns. They can be invasive if planted directly at the pond edge; they are controllable by placing them in 2-gallon containers before placing them in the water. Spreads 12".


When a stem bends over and touches the water, it will create new plantlets. If you want to speed up this process, cut off flower heads and float them upside down in water. Zones 9-11.

Dwarf Papyrus (Cyperus haspans)
Hardiness Zone: 10-11
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Part Shade
Height: 18" to 24" - Spread: 12" to 14" Wide
Water Depth: Moist soil or water up to 3" deep (Maximum water depth is for mature bog plants)

18-Graceful Cattail

Graceful Cattail
Typha laxmannii

(Catkin in image is about 1.5 inches in height)

  • Hardy zones 4 - 11 [See Map]

  • Growing height: 3-4'.

  • Planting depth: Top of the pot should be 0-6" below the water surface.

  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade.

  • Reed-like green leaves, light brown catkins appear in summer.

  • We can not ship this plant to: WI

Graceful Cattail (Typha laxmannii)

A good Typha for medium to large ponds, although still fast growing.  Milk chocolate coloured seed heads are produced when it matures.  Also known as Slender Reedmace.  

  • Plant Type - Pond Marginal

  • Normally Available from - Mid April *

  • Water Depth - 0cm to 60cm

  • Height - 100cm to 150cm

  • Position - Full Sun

  • Growth - Fast

  • Flowers - Jul to Sep

  • Foliage - Deciduous 

  • Hardiness - Hardy

Specific Plant Care:
Attractive seed heads may be left all winter if desired but best cleared if they fall into the water. Cut back foliage before spring growth starts.

General Marginal Care:
All our plants will come potted in aquatic compost. Our 9cm plants come in a solid pot, so will need to be repotted.

The 1ltrs and 3ltrs will come in Finofil aquatic baskets ready to be placed on your pond shelf at the required depth (use bricks to change the depth if required). The mesh pot allows nutrients and oxygen from the pond to flow through the pot without any soil loss.

19- Lizard's Tail

Saururus cernuus

  • Hardy zones 4 - 10 [See Map]

  • Growing height: 18-24".

  • Planting depth: Top of the pot should be 0-4" below the water surface.

  • Thrives in full sun to shade.

  • White flower in mid-summer.

  • Heart-shaped leaves are highlighted with arched white tufts.

Lizard’s Tail Care – Learn About Growing Lizard’s Tail Plants

courtesy to : 

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener


If you’re in need of a good, easy-care plant that enjoys plenty of moisture, then growing lizard’s tail swamp lily may be just what you desire. Keep reading for lizard’s tail information and care.

Lizard’s Tail Information

Lizard’s tail plants (Saururus cernuus), also known as lizard’s tail swamp lilies and Saururus lizard’s tail, are perennial plants that can grow up to 4 feet tall. They have a hairy stem with very few, if any, branches. Leaves are large and heart-shaped.

Found in marshes, along the banks of ponds and streams, it is not uncommon to see some of the plant growing under water. This provides habitats for small aquatic invertebrates, which draw fish and other species. In addition, after the plant dies, it is decomposed by fungi and bacteria which provide food for aquatic invertebrates.

This interesting plant produces white aromatic flowers on top of the hairy stems opposite the top leaf. The flower structure is a spike with lots of small white flowers that form an arch. The seeds form a structure that looks similar to a wrinkled lizard’s tail. This water-loving species has an orange aroma and spreads by rhizomes to form colonies.


Growing Lizard’s Tail Swamp Lily

If you have a boggy area in your yard, a small pond, or even a shallow pool of water, that receives part shade, a lizard’s tail plant may be a great option. It is an herbaceous perennial that grows best in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 11.

Considered a good plant for beginner gardeners, Saururus lizard’s tail is not difficult to plant or care for.


Lizard’s Tail Care

This plant requires extremely little attention once planted. It spreads by rhizomes and can be divided by root propagation. No special care is needed to over winter this plant, and it is not susceptible to bugs or disease. As long as it receives plenty of water and partial sun, it will thrive.

Warning: Lizard’s tail can be toxic if eaten in large quantities by humans or animals. Avoid planting where animals forage.


Dulichium arundinaceum 

  • Hardy zones 5 - 11 [See Map]

  • Growing height: 12-24" (taller in shade).

  • Planting depth: Top of the pot should be 0-4" below the water surface.

  • Thrives in full sun to full shade.

  • Variegated green and white foliage.

  • Also known as; Variegated Dwarf Water Bamboo.

With compact bamboo-like foliage this plant is excellent for foreground or border planting around the pond. Tiny flowers form mid-summer. The variegated foliage makes a nice contrast in mixed borders. Protect it from freezing by placing in the ice free zone of the pond during the winter.

21-Variegated Rush
Baumea rubiginosa variegata

  • Hardy zones 6 - 11 [See Map]

  • Growing height: 18-30".

  • Planting depth: Top of the pot should be 0-4" below the water surface.

  • Thrives in full sun to shade.

  • Green spiked reeds with yellow stripe.

An attractive rigidly upright-growing 18-24 inch tall (taller if in wet conditions) sedge-like plant from New Zealand. The dense clumps have 1/8 inch wide needle-like leaves (elliptical in cross section) that are deep green and striped along one edge with yellow. This plant will grow in moist soils but seems to do best in loose soil with frequent to regular irrigation. Also can go in water if crown is out of the water and in these conditions will grow to up to 3 feet tall. Hardy to about 0-10 degrees F.

22-Variegated Sweet flag :
Acorus calamus variegatus

  • Hardy zones 4 - 11 [See Map]

  • Growing height: 18-30".

  • Planting depth: Top of the pot should be 0-4" below the water surface.

  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade.

  • Vertical green and cream iris-like foliage.

Ideal for wet areas, Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' (Variegated Sweet Flag) is an attractive herbaceous perennial forming a tuft of gracefully arching, narrow, sword-shaped leaves adorned with creamy-white and green stripes. Often displaying a nice pink tinge in cold weather, the foliage is sweetly fragrant when bruised. In late spring, this plant bears inconspicuous yellow-green owers, which give way to tiny, reddish berries. A great choice for naturalizing, Variegated Sweet Flag is quite versatile in the garden and makes a terric foliage accent in water gardens and around ponds


★ Grows easily about 24-30 in. tall (60-75 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm). This plant will slowly spread over time by rhizomes to form a dense ground cover. It is not considered invasive.

★ Enjoys full sun to part shade and thrives in medium to wet soils. Do not let the soil dry out. Afternoon shade is appreciated in hot summer climates.

★ This is a graceful plant for beds, borders, near ponds and streams and as a ground cover. Excellent choice to brighten shady areas.

★ Low maintenance, this plant is generally disease and pest free

★ Propagate by rhizome division at the beginning of the growing season. Pot up and plant out only when fully established.

★ Native to Europe.

Common Name: sweet flag

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Family: Acoraceae

Zone: 4 to 10

Height: 2.00 to 2.50 feet

Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet

Bloom Time: Flowers not showy

Bloom Description: Green

Sun: Full sun to part shade

Water: Medium to wet

Maintenance: Low

Suggested Use: Water Plant, Naturalize, Rain Garden

Flower: Insignificant

Leaf: Colorful

Tolerate: Heavy Shade, Erosion, Wet Soil

23-Water Willow
Justica americana

  • Hardy zones 4 - 9 [See Map]

  • Growing height: 12-18".

  • Flower size: 1/2 to 1/4"

  • Blooming season: mid-summer

  • Planting depth: Top of the pot should be 0-4" below the water surface.

  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade.

  • White flowers with Purple

Water-willow is a perennial that is common along stream and lake margins.  Water-willow grows to 3 feet tall and often forms dense colonies that help stabilize shorelines.  The stems do not usually branch and have prominent whitish lines.  The leaves are opposite, long and narrowly tapered (up to inches 6 long and ½ inch wide) with smooth margins and a distinctive whitish midvein.  The leaves look very much like those of the willow tree.  Water-willow flowers from May through October.  The flowers are on long stems originating from the base of the leaves. Flowers are 5-petaled orchid-like (3/4 inch diameter), white with purple/violet streaks on the lower petals.  Water-willow can spread from seeds and forms extensive rhizomes by which it forms colonies and spreads rapidly.


Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and


macro invertebrates.  These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.).  After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates.  Deer will browse the leaves while beaver, muskrat, and nutria will consume the rhizomes of water-willow.

24-Red Bog Lily
Crinum 'menehune'

  • Hardy zones 8-11 [See Map]

  • Growing height: 18-24".

  • Planting depth: Top of the pot should be 0-2" below the water surface.

  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade.

  • Pink flowers in summer.

  • Broad burgandy foliage

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