Native Plants


Water Plant Monkey Flower

Monkey flower (Mimulus ringens) has oblong-shaped leaves with jagged edges and lavender flowers.  Monkey flower tolerates full sun but performs best in part shade.  Monkey flower looks great in container gardens or among sedges in up to 6 inches of water.  They are hardy to zone 5. Common Names: Monkey […]


Water Plant Cattail

Cattails (Typha latifolia) have broad linear leaf blades with dense brown spike at the top.  Cattails are great filter plants in a bog, stream or pond and are hardy to zone 3. Common Names: Cattail, Broadleaf cattail, Common cat-tail, broad-leaf cat-tail Scientific Name: Typha latifolia Sun Tolerance: Cattails do well […]


Water Plant Marsh Betony

Marsh betony (Stachys palustris) has small, hairy, green leaves similar to Bee balm, which change color to maroon or yellow in the fall with thick spikes of pink or purple flowers.  Marsh betony looks great in shaded plant containers, bog filters, stream beds and pond shelves. Hardy from zones 4-8. […]


Water Filtration Basics

Water filtration has become less of a mystery with the growth of the aquarium industry.  Some experts promote the use of mechanical, chemical and biological filtration.  Many filtration systems on the market today include all three components in one filter. Mechanical filtration works by trapping suspended particles until they can […]


Water Plant Lizards Tail

Lizard tail (Saururus cernuus) has heart-shaped leaves with tiny, fragrant white flowers preferring partial shade but tolerates full sun in cooler climates.  Lizard Tail grows well along streams, areas of seasonal flooding, in container gardens or on a plant shelf in a water garden. Hardy in zones 4-11. Common Names: […]


Water Plant Butterfly Plant

Butterfly plant (Asclepias incarnata) has narrow, willow-shaped leaves with small, fragrant dark pink flowers and enjoys full sun or part shade.  Pink butterfly plant adds height to any landscape and can tolerate up to 5 inches of water. Hardy to zone 3. Common Names: Butterfly plant, butterfly weed, swamp milkweed […]


Water Plant Arrow Arum

Arrow arum (Peltandra virginica) has green arrow shaped leaves and displays tiny white flowers on a spadix.  They grow well in full sun or partial shade conditions.  Arrow arum stands tall and looks impressive in a container garden, along the water’s edge and in bog filters. These plants are common […]


Considering a water feature?

Water tends to attract attention.  The gentle sounds of flowing water sooth our senses.  We feel an automatic connection to the soft, rippling current and the mesmerizing creatures that generally come along with it.  Incorporating a water feature, water garden or pond into your landscape can help you relax at […]