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Ponds and Streams

There is a wide range of plants to use in and around your pond, including hardy and tropical water lilies, lotuses, submerged or floating aquatics, marginal aquatics, water irises, and bog plants. Browse our list of moisture-loving plants and create a stunning water garden or bog garden.


Ponds and Streams Guides


Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern)

Noted for its vigor and superb elegance, Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern) is a lovely deciduous fern forming a large rosette of upright to arching, lacy, lance-shaped, fresh-green fronds. The stems are generally green, but sometimes display a very interesting red hue.

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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Burgundy Lace' (Painted Lady Fern)

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Burgundy Lace' (Japanese Painted Fern) is a dramatic deciduous fern forming a lacy rosette of arching, lance-shaped fronds, flushed with rich burgundy-purple as they emerge. They gradually mature to silvery-green, but retain their purple mid-ribs and silvery sheen. Delicate, graceful but tough, this elegant fern is perfect for enlivening a shady garden area.

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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Metallicum' (Painted Lady Fern)

Truly ornamental, Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Metallicum' (Japanese Painted Fern) is a very elegant deciduous fern forming a pretty rosette of arching, strikingly refined, lance-shaped, bipinnate fronds. The fronds are silvery gray, almost metallic, with green highlights and subtle burgundy veination.

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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Pewter Lace' (Painted Lady Fern)

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Pewter Lace' (Japanese Painted Fern) is a dramatic deciduous fern forming a lacy rosette of arching, lance-shaped, dark pewter fronds with contrasting bright silver-green edges and coral-red mid-ribs. This elegant fern is tolerant of heat and humidity.

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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Regal Red' (Painted Lady Fern)

Truly ornamental, Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Metallicum' (Japanese Painted Fern) is a very elegant deciduous fern forming a pretty rosette of arching, strikingly refined, lance-shaped, bipinnate fronds. The fronds are silvery gray, almost metallic, with green highlights and subtle burgundy veination.

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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Silver Falls' (Painted Lady Fern)

Noted for its superb silver fronds and long-lasting color, Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Silver Falls' (Japanese Painted Fern) is a very elegant deciduous fern forming a large rosette of arching, strikingly refined, lance-shaped, bipinnate fronds.

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Athyrium niponicum var. pictum (Painted Lady Fern)

Noted for its superb elegance, Athyrium niponicum var. pictum (Japanese Painted Fern) is a very pretty deciduous fern forming a large rosette of arching, strikingly refined, lance-shaped, bipinnate fronds.

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Betula nigra 'Heritage' (River Birch)

Betula nigra 'Heritage' is a beautiful river birch prized for its incredible peeling bark. Salmon-cream to brownish at first, it exfoliates to reveal a creamy-white inner bark that can almost rival with the European white birches.

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Betula nigra 'Little King' FOX VALLEY (River Birch)

Compact, Betula nigra 'Little King' or Fox Valley River Birch, is a particularly handsome river birch prized for its attractive peeling bark. Pale salmon and reddish-brown at first, it exfoliates to reveal lighter inner bark.

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Betula nigra (River Birch)

Betula nigra (River Birch) is a bushy deciduous tree prized for its incredible peeling bark. Salmon-pink, smooth and shiny at first, the bark flakes and curls in cinnamon-brown to blackish sheets.

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Brunnera 'Silver Charm' (Siberian Bugloss)

Compact and vigorous, Brunnera 'Silver Charm' features heart-shaped, silver leaves adorned with contrasting emerald green veins and edges. Lovely sprays of tiny, pale blue, flowers appear in spring. The basal foliage forms a dense and lush mound, which remains attractive throughout the entire growing season.

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Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great' (Siberian Bugloss)

Brunnera macrophylla 'Alexander's Great' is a supersized Siberian Bugloss with huge, heart-shaped, heavily silvered leaves adorned with contrasting green veins and edges. Attractive sprays of tiny, sky blue, flowers rise above the foliage in spring. The basal foliage forms a dense and lush mound, which remains attractive throughout the entire growing season.

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Brunnera macrophylla 'Diane's Gold' (Siberian Bugloss)

Eye-catching, Brunnera macrophylla 'Diane's Gold' (Siberian Bugloss) features a fresh golden-chartreuse foliage of heart-shaped leaves, which retain their bright color throughout the entire growing season. Attractive sprays of tiny, sky blue flowers rise above the foliage over a long period during mid to late spring.

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Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' (Siberian Bugloss)

Although its clouds of bright blue flowers add cool and striking color to the landscape in spring, 'Jack Frost' is mostly valued for its beautiful foliage which creates a lush carpet of heart-shaped silver leaves

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Brunnera macrophylla 'Looking Glass' (Siberian Bugloss)

Glowing in the shade garden, award-winner Brunnera macrophilla 'Looking Glass' features large, heart-shaped, shimmering silver leaves, up to 5 in. wide (12 cm), edged and veined with green. Clouds of tiny, pale blue, airy flowers appear in spring.

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Brunnera macrophylla 'Variegata' (Siberian Bugloss)

Lighting up any shady corners of the garden, Brunnera Macrophilla 'Variegata' (Siberian Bugloss) features large, heart-shaped, deep green leaves splashed with creamy white and clouds of tiny, pale blue, airy flowers in mid-late spring.

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Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss)

Resembling Forget-Me-Nots, Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss) are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with large, ovate or heart-shaped basal leaves and pretty sprays of small bright blue flowers in spring. Although their clouds of bright blue flowers add cool and striking color to the landscape, Brunneras are mostly valued for their beautiful foliage which creates a lush carpet of deep green or variegated leaves.

Calamagrostis brachytricha (Reed Grass)

Sparkling in the morning dew with its large arrow-like flower heads pointing towards the sky, Reed Grass (Calamagrostis brachytricha) is a majestic and distinct ornamental grass, highly valued for its erect feathery silvery gray flower plumes, slightly red tinged, and turning to gold then light tan as the seeds ripen in the fall and winter

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Calycanthus floridus 'Michael Lindsey' (Sweetshrub)

Valued for the sweet, fruity fragrance of its flowers, Calycanthus floridus 'Michael Lindsey' is a compact, dense, rounded, well-branched deciduous shrub that is regarded as one of the best cultivars of Carolina Allspices. Exceptionally fragrant!

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Canna 'Erebus' (Canna Lily)

Noted for its striking foliage, award-winning Canna 'Erebus' boasts magnificent, lance-shaped, soft blue-green leaves, adorned with a delicate creamy stripe along the edges. Rising with aplomb above the foliage are luminous clusters of pale coral-pink flowers. A magnificent combination of colors.

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Carex elata 'Aurea' (Bowles' Golden Sedge)

One of the most striking golden Sedge, award-winning Carex elata 'Aurea' or Bowles' Golden Sedge is a very distinctive ornamental grass with shimmering yellow blades and with fine green edges that curl gracefully towards the ground, delicately softening any landscape

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Carex flacca (Blue Sedge)

Prized for its soft blue foliage, Carex flacca is a beautiful sedge forming a slowly spreading clump of narrow, arching leaves, blue-green above and glaucous-blue beneath. In early summer, it bears inconspicuous, slender, brown flower spikes, upright at first then slightly nodding over. Reminiscent of the garden carnation foliage, Blue Sedge is a great choice for naturalizing

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Carex grayi (Mace Sedge)

With seed heads resembling the medieval spiked clubs, Carex grayi (Mace Sedge) is a very distinctive ornamental grass which adds long-lasting interest in the garden

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Carex siderosticha 'Banana Boat' (Creeping Broad-Leafed Sedge)

Brightening up the shade garden, Carex siderosticha 'Banana Boat' is a deciduous Sedge forming a spreading clump of broadly linear, bold golden-yellow leaves adorned with narrow, dark green edges and streaks. A great choice for naturalizing, it is quite versatile in the garden and terrific in mixed containers.

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