Creeping Jenny

This hardy water gardening favorite does great along the water garden pond’s edge, and equally as well in streams. Creeping Jenny also comes in a golden variety too.

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Horsetail Reed

The horsetail reed is a water gardening favorite. This hardy plant grows tall and thick with a beautiful segmented reed. Great for water gardens, patio ponds, and even has landscape uses!

Royal Pickerel

A great hardy marginal for your water garden pond. Pickerel is early to grow in spring and stays green late into the season. Long lasting blue flowers bloom during the hot months and stick around for a while. Can grow up to 48″ tall.

Taro Plant

A tropical water garden plant that also makes a great house plant during winter months! Taro has huge great looking leaves, and really dresses up the side of any pond.

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Frogbit

A floating water garden plant that blooms at the peak of summer. Great aquatic plant for container water gardens and non-skimmer larger water gardens. Frogbit is easy to keep.

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Sensitive Plant

A very cool floating water garden pond plant that has great looking dark green leaves. Sensitive plant also grows a cheerful yellow flower. Best thing is this plant reacts when touched and will quickly close up, and gently re-open. Sensitive plant is a fun plant to keep and looks great in your water garden. Click here to view our pond packages.

Acorus/Sweetflag

This aquatic plant likes it very wet, but not submerged. Keep it’s “feet” in water and it will grow beautifully. Great splash of color and nice growth pattern on this low growing grassy plant.

Anacharis/Elodea

A submerged aquatic weed that is widely available for ponds and aquarium use. We do not recommend this plant because if its aggressive reproduction in pond systems.

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Aquatic Mint

This is a great plant for the pond and water garden. Easy to care for, needs to be controlled and pruned back, but produces lots of minty fresh leaves and puffy purple flowers.

Arrowhead

Arrowhead. This marginal favorite has arrow shaped large green leaves and is easy to keep making it a popular pond plant for the New Jersey water gardener and pond keeper.

Bacopa

A low growing green leaf  easy to care for aquatic plant that gets covered with small white flowers. Great for pond edges and slow waterfall areas.

Bog Bean

A submerged plant that will grow tons of leaves along the furface of the pond and produce awesome and interesting white flowers. An easy to keep and fun pond plant.

Canna

Canna has so many colors and varieties to choose from in both hardy types and tropical. We recommend hardy aquatic variety. This plant grows big and gets huge flowers at the height of summer. Impressive plant type.

Cattail

A classic pond plant that is found used in natural ponds all over New Jersey, and sometimes backyard ponds. Cattail is not a recommended plant to use in natural or constructed ponds. If you want that cattail look, check out “dwarf cattail”.

Cardinal Flower

For that rich red coloration to be found in your pond give Cardinal Flower a try. Keep its feet wet, and a good amount of sun and you will have clusters of red flowers bursting around the edge of your water garden pond.

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Chameleon Plant

Just plant a cluster or two along the edge of your pond so it gets its feet wet, and the plant will do the rest with fast and easy growth. It will need to be controlled and cut back from time to time but it adds a great splash of color with its great looking variegated leaves.

Cinammon Fern

One of the few ferns that can take very wet conditions like a water garden. If you love ferns, you’ll want this fern for your water garden.

Corkscrew Rush

A well named plant with its “curly-que” growth. This aquatic rush can be kept pond side with just a bit of water covering it and it will grow great.

Creeping Jenny

A low growing evergreen favorite among New Jersey water gardens. Creeping jenny is tough as nails and great as an edge treatment for your backyard pond.

Duckweed

This tiny floating aquatic plant is great for NJ container ponds but NOT recommended for natural ponds or water gardens. It can cover an entire pond quickly and is hard to control. In New Jersey duckweed control is difficult in natural ponds.

Dwarf Bamboo

An interesting aquatic plant that has bamboo type leaves. Grows easily and is pretty low maintenance.

Dwarf Cattail

If you like cattail plant, and who doesn’t like the classic looking pond plant, try dwarf cattail. Dwarf cattail is the suggested choice for ponds and water gardens.

Dwarf Papyrus

Excellent pond plant with inconspicuous flowers. Awesome looking in the pond, and makes a great house plant during winter months!

Floating Heart

A great pond plant, easy to care for; but very AGGRESSIVE. We do not recommend floating heart in a natural pond or water garden, but it makes a great container pond plant.

Forget-Me-Not

This beautiful unassuming hardy marginal is one of the few plants in nature that produces blue flowers! It is a plant that will not soon be forgotten in your backyard water garden pond.

Golden Club

Golden Club is an under utilized pond plant in the New Jersey water garden because it blooms late in summer when it is HOT! Have patience with this aquatic plant and it will reward you.

Hardy Canna

A bullet proof plant! This canna produces msall flower clusters and grows tall in your water garden.

Hornwort

A submerged aquatic weed that is widely available for ponds and aquarium use. We do not recommend this plant because if its aggressive reproduction in pond systems.

Horsetail

A striking pond plant. No flowers on this plant but they don’t need them. This plant is a beauty all on its own. Grows tall along your pond edging.

Impatiens

Yes, the annual favorite that brings color to the most difficult spots in your yard is also a great pond plant! Keep impatien along the edge of the pond for great color, but do not submerge them, just keep their feet wet.

Joe Pye Weed

A funny name for this pond plant that is often grown out of water too. This plant grows huge and full so it is great for larger ponds. It produces masses of flowers too!

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Lotus

The classic and elegant lotus has large flowers that stand above water level; surrounded by round bright green leaves that hover just above the surface of your pond

Marsh Marigold

This low growing mounded pond plant is one of the earliest plants to show up in the spring and its bright yellow flowers appear earlier than most other plants. It is a cheerful plant that we love!

Monkey Flower

With tons of little flowers, this aquatic plant is a great way to brighten your New Jersey water garden with lots of yellow color!

Mosiac Plants

This floating water garden plant is great for container water gardens or in a slow moving area of your backyard water garden pond.

Parrotfeather

The Parrotfeather is a non flowering plant is a vigorous grower that sends out leaflets along the surface of the water. The plant adds a splash of brightness to the pond and great texture from its leaves.

Pennywort

A low growing plant with large round leaves. This plant only likes it along the edge. Do not submerge this plant.

Pickerel Rush

A hardy tall growing plant that produces clusters of purple flowers from mid summer till fall. Great pond plant; a real favorite.

Spatterdock

Sometime confused with waterlily. Spatterdock has similar leaves to the waterlily and produces a yellow flower that looks like it never fully opens. This is an easy to care for plant.

Swamp Milkweed

This often overlooked pond plant is super hardy, does great in natural ponds of New Jersey as well as the water gardens of  New Jersey. It grows tall has large leaves and produces masses of reddish flowers, its awesome! Loves sun.

Sweet Potato Vine

Sweet Potato Vine is a favorite annual for container gardens, but give it a try in your water garden too. Just let its feet get wet and this vine will grow like crazy for the season, but it dies off in winter. Fun plant for a New Jersey water garden pond.

Taro

This semi hardy plant impressive everyone with its large leaves and interesting color varieties including black, purple, or variegated. Great water garden plant that can get big, great winter houseplant too!

Watercress

The amazing watercress produces masses of small green leaves and white flowers. It is great for edging a pond. Very easy to take care of, and helps water quality too.

Water Hyacinth

Water hyacinth is a quick reproducing floating plant that produces lots of nice purple flowers; and big green leaves. Great for a patio pond. Not recommended in ponds with skimmers or koi ponds, unless somehow contained.

Water Iris

This hardy plant is among the first to start growing every year, and the last to go dormant. You can expect bright flowers in many colors choices, to show up early and last for much of the New Jersey pond season.

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Water lily

Water lily are the quintessential pond plant. Floating round leaves and bright flowers on the surface of the pond. Many different flower colors to choose from. Hardy and tropical varieties.

Water Lettuce

Water lettuce is an easy to care for, quick reproducing popular pond plant is great for container ponds. If you put it in your water garden, be prepared to remove a lot of the new growth, they grow quickly. No flowers but great looking plant that floats freely in the water. Not recommended for ponds with skimmers or koi, unless contained.

Water Plantain

Found along the shoreline of natural ponds, this aquatic plant also will do very well in New Jersey water gardens. It gets pretty big so leave room for this hardy aquatic plant to grow in.