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Marginal Aquatic Plants for 6 inches (15 cm) of Water


Marginal aquatic plants, also known as emergent plants, thrive in shallow water near the edges of ponds and water gardens. Their roots grow under water but their foliage and flowers emerge above. They come in all shapes and sizes and perform several vital functions. They provide habitat for fish and wildlife, provide food for waterfowl, and they can help reduce shoreline erosion.

Marginal aquatics are also perfect to soften the pond edges and blend the water garden into the landscape.

Useful to add splashes of color throughout the growing season with their lush foliage, variegated leaves or showy flowers, marginal aquatic plants can be quite specific about the depth of water they need. Here is a list of marginal aquatic plants that can grow in standing water up to 6 in. (15 cm) deep.

Guide Information

Plant Type Aquatic Plants
Landscaping Ideas Ponds and Streams, Water Gardens

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Plant Type Aquatic Plants
Landscaping Ideas Ponds and Streams, Water Gardens

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