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Aquatic Plants For Ponds You Will Fall In Love With

You’ll Want These 11 Pond Plants To Beautify Your Maryland, DC, Or Northern Virginia Pond

You can use these 11 aquatic plants for ponds to make your pond look more natural and beautiful: water poppies, dwarf cattails, corkscrew rush, moneywort, yellow iris, thalia, water hyacinth, water lettuce, water lilies, lotus, and cabomba. 

You can see what these plants look like and learn a bit about them in this article.

Our Water Feature Is Done But Not Complete

“What does that even mean?” Joel asks in confusion.

Billie looks at Joel patiently. “Look at it. The actual water feature part is done but right now it just has mulch and rocks around it. It looks plainer than printer paper!”

Joel can’t help but chuckle and agree. Their new water feature does look pretty plain without anything around it. “What do you want to do about it?” Billie looks at Joel with a small smile, simply saying “Aquatic plants.”

Billie took some of these plant ideas from this video of a Premier Ponds owner talking about his favorite aquatic plants:

Here are the other aquatic plants for ponds Billie has in mind.

11 Aquatic Plants For Ponds

  1. Water Poppies
  2. Dwarf Cattails
  3. Corkscrew Rush
  4. Moneywort
  5. Yellow Iris
  6. Thalia
  7. Water Hyacinth
  8. Water Lettuce
  9. Water Lillies
  10. Lotus
  11. Cabomba

Joel eyes the long list of plants wondering how Billie thinks she’ll fit all of them alongside their water feature. “Do you have pictures of these plants or know anything about them? I’d like to at least see them before we buy any.”

Billie smiles and scrolls down to find the pictures and some basic information.

These Plants Like To Live On The Edge

Bog plants, like the following 3, prefer to live around the pond where the soil is damp but not soaking wet. They can make a nice spacing between your water feature and the other parts of your yard.

1. Water Poppies

“I just love the vibrant red and yellow colors of these water poppies.”

This tropical bog plant has dark green leaves with yellow or red flowers. They bloom June-August and love full sunlight, though they can have some shade. It belongs in the damp soil right around the pond.

Joel likes how they look too, though he won’t show it right now. He scrolls down to see more of the aquatic plants for ponds Billie wants.

2. Dwarf Cattails

“Haha, they look like little corndogs,” Joel jokes. Billie gives him ‘the look’ so he stops and looks back at the phone.

This durable plant can help filter your water so it stays cleaner and clearer. They also belong on the outskirts of a pond. Dwark cattails can grow 1-2 feet high and spread out about as far.

Joel shrugs. It’s not his favorite of the aquatic plants for ponds he’s seen so far but it might work well if they combine it with the others. He keeps scrolling to see the next one.

3. Corkscrew Rush

“I like the look of this one, Billie. It’s definitely different, but in a fun way.”

This plant adds character to any pond as it swirls and twirls around the outside of your water feature. When the weather is warmer they’ll have flowers blooming on their tips.

“Can’t wait to see what the flower blooms are like!” Joel says excitedly. Billie just smiles and scrolls down for him.

Marginal Plants Can Have A Major Impact

Marginal aquatic plants for ponds grow where the water and land meet or in boggy areas. They aren’t interchangeable with bog plants because bog plants can’t grow in marginal areas.

4. Moneywort

“There are 2 types because I couldn’t choose between them,” Billie says.

Blue moneywort can add a nice splash of color to any pond. They love full sun or partly shady areas so they can live around almost any pond.

The creeping jenny/golden moneywort is the more common of these aquatic plants for ponds. They’re great for filling in spaces between rocks and waterfalls as they grow in nice, thick mats.

“Well, we have plenty of waterfall to cover so we should get some of these,” Joel says helpfully. He keeps moving down the list.

5. Yellow Iris

“This one is a must have,” Billie says firmly.

These amazing aquatic plants for ponds bloom for a few weeks during the spring in many different colors like white, blue, pink, and more. They grow 4-6 feet high and take up about half that in space so you’ll be seeing plenty of them.

“I guess we’re going to get some of these too, then,” Joel agrees.

6. Thalia

“This is one of that Mike Kurylo guy’s favorite aquatic plants for ponds,” Billie points out.

These late bloomers like to show their flowers in the later summer/early fall time. They also take up a good amount of space, 4-6 feet in height and 6-8 feet around. This violet-colored plant loves sunny areas.

“I mean, I guess it’s his favorite for a reason,” Joel says slowly. He’s not quite sure how he feels about it so he scrolls on to the next aquatic plant.

Floating Aquatic Plants

These plants simply float on the surface of the water with their roots dangling down, filtering the water so it’s cleaner and clearer.

7. Water Hyacinth

“This one might be the most beautiful on here,” Billie says dreamily.

These flowers have bright purple petals and can spread like wildfire. Well, not that quickly, but they can start taking over a pond if you don’t cut them back every so often.

“You’re right, this is the most beautiful one I’ve seen so far,” Joel says.

8. Water Lettuce

“Does it go great on sandwiches,” Joel jokes again, this time making Billie laugh.

The description is all in the name. This aquatic plant for ponds looks like someone started growing lettuce in and around a pond. They can be pretty invasive so you’ll want to keep a close eye on their growth.

“Sounds like a lot of work, so maybe we’ll start with one or two and go from there. IF we get any,” Joel says. He casually scrolls onward.

Deep Emergent Aquatic Plants

Much like floating plants, deep emergent aquatic plants take root on the bottom, but what comes out of the water are leaves and stems, not flowers. The flowers come out of the emerging parts.

9. Water Lillies

“These frog seats are going in the pond ASAP,” Joel says happily.

These aquatic plants grow beautiful pink and/or white flowers. They provide shade and cover for fish and frogs will actually sit on them.

“They sound so fun, don’t they Joel?!” Billie asks excitedly. “Yes they do and I can’t wait to take a picture of a frog actually sitting on one!” The next aquatic plant for ponds they scroll down too looks very similar to water lillies.

10. Lotus

“Wow they do look a lot alike,” Joel says in surprise.

They are also found in beautiful shades of pink and white that bloom in the late spring to midsummer. If you have one of these deep emergent plants you don’t really need the other, but you can have different colors of both.

“We’ll talk about which one we want, if not both. If anything we can just trade them out each year,” Joel suggests. Billie likes the idea and the fact they are about to be on the last of her list of aquatic plants for ponds.

A Submerged Aquatic Plant

These pond plants grow entirely underwater and is one of the ways to protect pond fish from predators.

11. Cabomba

“This one will be for the future when we have more experience with pond plants,” Billie explains.

While the pink, magenta, or white flowers beautify the bottoms of many ponds, this pond plant has an invasive habit. This is why it’s best to have some experience with pond plants before putting it in yours.

“Sounds good to me dear. Now let’s figure out which ones we’re actually going to get because planting and caring for all of them might be a bit much for us,” Joel points out.

What A Beautiful View

“I can’t wait for our water feature to be done,” Billie says, eyes shining. “I can basically see it now,”

The couple heads out to find the aquatic plants for ponds they’ve decided on. Looks like it’s going to be a great year for their yard!