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Water Gardens

Water gardens offer enjoyable sights and the soothing sound of splashing water. There is a wide range of plants to use, including hardy and tropical water lilies, lotuses, submerged or floating aquatics, marginal aquatics, water irises. Browse our list of moisture-loving plants and create a stunning water garden. Not to forget, water gardens are a water source for wildlife such as birds, frogs, and turtles.

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Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' (Variegated Sweet Flag)

Ideal for wet areas, Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' (Variegated Sweet Flag) is an attractive herbaceous perennial forming a tuft of gracefully arching, narrow, sword-shaped leaves adorned with creamy-white and green stripes. Often displaying a nice pink tinge in cold weather, the foliage is sweetly fragrant when bruised.

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Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' (Golden Variegated Sweet Flag)

Ideal for wet areas, Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' (Golden Variegated Sweet Flag) is a semi-evergreen herbaceous perennial forming an attractive tuft of gracefully arching, narrow, sword-shaped, golden-yellow leaves adorned with olive green stripes. The foliage is sweetly fragrant when bruised and evergreen in mild winter areas.

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Azolla caroliniana (Carolina Mosquito Fern)

Azolla caroliniana (Carolina Mosquito Fern) is a tiny floating fern forming a mat of prostrate and freely branched stems covered with bilobed scale-like leaves arranged in two rows. The upper leaf floats on the surface and the lower leaf is submerged. The pale green to blue-green foliage warms up to bright red in response to stress such as very bright light or very high or low temperatures.

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Calla palustris (Water Arum)

Very showy when in flower or bearing its fruit, Calla palustris (Water Arum) is a rhizomatous aquatic perennial boasting broadly heart-shaped, lustrous leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm), adorned with pointed tips. The glossy leaves are borne atop floating stems arising from shallow creeping rhizomes.

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Caltha palustris (Marsh Marigold)

Awakening the pond in spring, Caltha palustris (Marsh Marigold) is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial prized for its clusters of brilliant yellow flowers, up to 2 in. (5 cm), resembling buttercups.

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Caltha polypetala (Giant Marsh Marigold)

Resembling giant buttercups, Caltha polypetala (Giant Marsh Marigold)) is a herbaceous perennial prized for its clusters of large, brilliant golden flowers, up to 2 in. (5 cm). They boast up to 40 showy stamens in their center.

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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 muskingumensis (Palm Sedge)

Resembling small, feathery palms, Carex muskingumensis (Palm Sedge) is a dense, clump-forming sedge boasting numerous tapering, bright green leaves that radiate from lax stems.

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Colocasia esculenta 'Black Coral' (Taro)

Colocasia esculenta 'Black Coral' (Taro) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial with long-stalked, glossy, heart-shaped, jet-black leaves. 'Black Coral' is a hassle-free tropical that makes an unforgettable focal point and creates a compelling backdrop for most brighter plants. Outstanding as a container plant.

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Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic' (Taro)

Primarily grown for its spectacular foliage, Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic' (Taro) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial with long-stalked, heart-shaped, smoky purplish-black leaves, up to 2 ft. long (60 cm). 'Black Magic' is a hassle-free tropical that makes an unforgettable focal point and creates a compelling backdrop for most plants.

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Colocasia esculenta 'Blue Hawaii' (Taro)

Primarily grown for its spectacular foliage, Colocasia esculenta 'Blue Hawaii' (Taro) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial with long-stalked, heart-shaped, fresh green leaves. Held on semi-glossy, dark burgundy stems, the large, undulating leaves are adorned with bluish-purple edges and veins.

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Colocasia esculenta 'Diamond Head' (Taro)

Primarily grown for its spectacular foliage, Colocasia esculenta 'Diamond Head' (Taro) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial with long-stalked, thick and glossy, heart-shaped, chocolate, ruffled leaves, up to 15 in. long (37 cm).

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Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii' (Black Stem Elephant Ear)

Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii' (Black Stem Elephant Ear) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial with large, bold, heart-shaped, blue-green leaves adorned with dark green veins and a shiny black cast. They are borne atop striking purple-black leaf stalks.

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Colocasia esculenta 'Hawaiian Punch' (Taro)

Primarily grown for its spectacular foliage, Colocasia esculenta 'Hawaiian Punch' (Taro) is a tuberous, frost-tender perennial with long-stalked, thick and glossy, heart-shaped, fresh green leaves. Held on glossy red stems, the large leaves are adorned with attractive red margins and red veins on their underside.

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