|Japanese Arrowhead |
It’s not hard to see how this perennial got its common name. All you have to do is examine a green leaf. Its three highly defined grass-green points look like an arrowhead. During the summer you’ll be further intrigued by this unique plant for it produces numerous tiny, three-petaled, mild-white blossoms accented with banana yellow centers and soft rose around the lower part of the blooms. Found in shallow ponds, rice fields and along streams in most areas of the world, the Japanese Arrowhead thrives in wet soil or in water not deeper than six inches. It rarely gets taller than three feet. (Deciduous)
|Lizards Tail |
This small plant has pointed leaves that are very green during the spring and summer and turn red in the winter and fall. Saururus is Greek for lizard and the name is reference to the shape of the flower and the hot color it exudes. It loves to flower and make its own little place in the pond. Usually quiet little corners. A very old plant that adds dimension to the pond.
|Miniature Papyrus |
You won’t be able to manufacture your own paper from this dwarf version of the famed Egyptian papyrus, but you will enjoy its ornamental appearance all year in your pond or in flower arrangements. Rising from masses of winding roots, clumps of leaf wrapped bright green stems display circular clusters of sepals and spikelets of flowers. The flowers, which turn from pale chartreuse to tan, end in 12 to 18 inch rays resembling delicate threads. This sedge plant grows profusely in sun or partial shade in warm climates.
Five tiny, milk-white petals shape a star as they rest almost on top of small, rounded emerald leaves with sharply defined edges. Resembling a miniature lotus, the Pennywort grows rapidly and stays green year round.
|Red Water Canna |
A tropical touch to any garden, the Red Canna is an old favorite of the bog plants. With large banana like leaves that range from a bronze red to a deep green, this Canna can grow 3 to 6 feet tall. The blossom resembles a ginger lily and needs direct sun. Native to the tropics and subtropics, the Red Canna has red flowers and creates a lush tropical water garden. (Deciduous)
|Sedge Palm |
A native of South Africa, Slender Papyrus is an elegant and dark-green cousin of the well-known Umbrella Palm, Long, thin stems grow 5 to 7 feet tall. it is the darkest green of all the papyrus species and its non-invasive nature makes it especialy prized by horticulturists.
|Thalia Red Stem |
Red Stem Thalia is an elegant tall bog plant for large ponds. This plant has wide fish shaped leaves in lime green that the sun shines through. The stems are prominent red extending to the lime green leaves and the contrast is amazing. A stem extending above the leaves with small violet flowers just tops it off. Although it can be done in small patches, this plant loves four or five, 5-gallon pots placed together to make it even out its size. Thalia is usually 3 to 4 feet high.
|Umbrella Palm |
Deck your pond with bright green umbrellas to accent the beauty of your other aquatics by planting this hardy sedge. Stately leaf sheathed stems rise two to four feet high to display ribbon like masses of four to eight inch long leaves. In the summer small flowers the shade of the leaves appear in their midst. Soon the blooms turn caramel, contrasting nicely with the umbrella-shaped foliage. A Madagascar native, the Umbrella Palm likes marshy ground or shallow water and full sun. It also does well indoors planted in moist soil in a jardiniere. (Evergreen)
|Violet Stem Taro |
Violet Stem Taro is a real beauty in the pond. A moderate grower so it does not require a lot of work. Deep, deep, green leaves with dark violet stems, very prominently holding these deep green arrowheads. Very tropical so it will require protection from frost. Poi is made from the original Taro in Hawaii. Taro has oxalic acid in them which is very dangerous so you need to know how to make poi, DON'T DO IT ON YOUR OWN. The plant on its own is not dangerous and as you can see is grand in stature.
|Water Clover |
You won’t have to find a four-leaf clover to wish upon if you plant this small aquatic in your pond. Its peridot green leaves divide into four distinct parts, just like its namesake. Plant it near the bank or in your pond and it will soon produce a three to six inch lacy green curtain ideal for shading and sheltering fish. The evergreen fern relative grows from four to six inches tall in shallow water. Native to the Northern Hemisphere, it’s perfect for most ponds and for making wishes. (Deciduous)
|Water Swan |
Ever think what fun it would be to have a swan in your pond? You can plant this unique perennial and its leaves will mature to look like your pond harbors graceful green “swans.” The Alisima gramineum bears tiny, delicate ivory blossoms on long stems. The leaves vary depending on their age and the water’s depth. Young ones trail like dainty ribbons. As they develop, they become broader and more rounded and float on the water’s surface. Finally they assume their swan like appearance. (Deciduous)
|Water Iris Black Gamecock |
Dark velvet purple petals with deep yellow center. (Evergreen)