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Top Water Garden or Aquatic Plants Arranged by Colour and Type

This table will help you choose the kind and colour of aquatic or water garden plant you would like to see growing in your garden pond. The table also tells you time of year at which flowers appear and ideal pond depth for the plant chosen.

 

Usage Latin Name Common Name Light Preference Flowering time Colour Height (max) at Maturity in Feet Water depth Inches
Marginal Veronica beccabunga Brooklime Semi shade Spring-Autumn Blue 1 up to 1 ft
Marginal Veronica  longifolia   Semi shade Summer Blue 3.2 very shallow
Bog or Pond Edge Liatris Spicata Gayfeather Sun Summer Lilac 3  
Bog or Pond Edge Cardamine Pratensis Cuckoo Flower All areas Spring Lilac 1  
Bog or Pond Edge Stachys Palustris Marsh Woundwort Semi shade Spring-Autumn Lilac 3  
Bog or Pond Edge Comarum Palustre   All areas Summer Lilac 0.6  
Bog or Pond Edge Cirsium Palustre Plume Thistle Semi shade Summer Lilac 5  
Bog or Pond Edge Geranium Palustre Cranesbill Semi shade Summer Lilac 1.8  
Bog or Pond Edge Molinia Coerulea Tussocky Grass Semi shade Summer Lilac 1.8  
Bog or Pond Edge Phragmites Australis Reed Semi shade Summer Lilac 6  
Marginal Hottonia palustris Water Violet Sun Summer Lilac 1.8 up to 1 ft
Marginal Mentha aquatica Water Mint Semi shade Summer Lilac 2.8 up to 1 ft
Marginal Eichornia crassipes Water Hyacinth Sun Summer Lilac floats more than 1 foot
Marginal Primula denticulata Drumstick Primula Semi shade Spring Mixed   very shallow
Water Lily Nymphaea spp. Fast - Growing  Water Semi shade Spring-Autumn Mixed   2 to 3 feet
Water Lily Nymphaea spp. Very Fast - Growing Semi shade Spring-Autumn Mixed   more than 3 feet
Water Lily Nymphaea spp. Dwarf Water Lilies Semi shade Spring-Autumn Mixed   up to 1 ft
Water Lily Nymphaea spp. Medium - Fast - Growing Semi shade Spring-Autumn Mixed   1 to 2 feet
Bog/Pond Edge Ajuga Reptans Bugle Semi shade Spring Pink 1  
Bog/Pond Edge Dianthus Superbus Pinks Semi shade Spring-Autumn Pink 2  
Bog/Pond Edge Mentha Longifolia Horse Mint Semi shade Summer Pink 3  
Bog/Pond Edge Mentha Rotundifolia Round - Leafed Mint Semi shade Summer Pink 2  
Bog/Pond Edge Eupatorium Cannabinum Hemp Agrimony Sun Summer Pink 5  
Bog/Pond Edge Liatris Spicata Gayfeather Sun Summer Pink 3  
Marginal Polygonum amphibium Amphibious Bistort Semi shade Spring-Autumn Pink 1 up to 1 ft
Marginal Epilobium hirsutum Great Willowherb Sun Spring-Autumn Pink 4 very shallow
Marginal Rumex aquaticus Scottish Dock Semi shade Summer Pink 2 about 6 inches
Marginal Gratiola officinalis   Sun Summer Pink 1.3 very shallow
Bog/Pond Edge Symphytum Officinale Common Comfrey Semi shade Summer Red 4  
Bog/Pond Edge Lythrum Salicaria Purple Loosestrife Sun Spring-Autumn Red 6  
Bog/Pond Edge Geum Rivale Water Avens Semi shade Summer Red 2  
Bog/Pond Edge Impatiens Noli - Tangere Busy Lizzie Semi shade Summer Red 4  
Bog/Pond Edge Primula Vialii Rockery Primrose Semi shade Summer Red 1.5  
Bog/Pond Edge Calluna Vulgaris Heather, Ling Sun Summer Red 1.8  
Bog/Pond Edge Potentilla Palustris Marsh Cinquefoil Sun Summer Red 1.4  
Marginal Menyanthes trifoliata Bog Bean Semi shade Spring Red 1 up to 1 ft
Bog/Pond Edge Ajuga Reptans Bugle Semi shade Spring White 1  
Bog/Pond Edge Liatris Spicata Gayfeather Sun Summer White 3  
Bog/Pond Edge Petasites Hybridus Butterbur All areas Spring White 1.8  
Bog/Pond Edge Eriophorum Angustifolium Cotton Grass Semi shade Spring White 1.7  
Bog/Pond Edge Eriophorum Latifolium Cotton Grass Semi shade Spring White 2  
Bog/Pond Edge Filipendula Ulmaria Meadowsweet Semi shade Summer White 5  
Bog/Pond Edge Mentha Piperita Peppermint Semi shade Summer White 3  
Bog/Pond Edge Symphytum Officinale Common Comfrey Semi shade Summer White 4  
Marginal Gratiola officinalis   Sun Summer White 1.3 very shallow
Marginal Saururus cernuus Lizard's Tail Semi shade Spring-Autumn White 3.3 up to 1 ft
Marginal Trapa natans Water Chestnut Semi shade Spring-Autumn White to surface 1 to 2 feet
Marginal Aponogeton distachyos Water Hawthorn Sun Spring-Autumn White to surface more than 1 foot
Marginal Alisma plantago - aquatica Water Plantain Semi shade Summer White 2.5 up to 1 ft
Marginal Ranunculus aquatilis Water Crowfoot Semi shade Summer White to surface 1 to 2 feet
Marginal Butomus umbellatus Flowering Rush Sun Summer White 4 up to 1 ft
Marginal Hottonia palustris Water Violet Sun Summer White 1.8 up to 1 ft
Marginal Hydrocharis morsus ranae Frog  Bit Sun Summer White floats more than 1 foot
Marginal Sagittaria sagittifolia Arrowhead Sun Summer White 1.3 up to 1 ft
Marginal Stratiotes aloides Water Soldier Sun Summer White floats more than 1 foot
Oxygenator Elodea, Egeria canadensis Canadian Pondweed Sun Summer White sub-surface oxygenator more than 1 foot
Water Lily Nymphaea alba White Water Lily Semi shade Spring-Autumn White to surface more than 1 foot
Bog/Pond Edge Trollius Europaeus Globeflower All areas Spring-Autumn Yellow 2  
Bog/Pond Edge Hypericum Calycinium Rose Of Sharon Semi shade Summer Yellow 1  
Bog/Pond Edge Hypericum Moserianum St. John' S Wort Semi shade Summer Yellow 1  
Bog/Pond Edge Lysimachia Nummularia Creeping Jenny Semi shade Summer Yellow 0.3  
Bog/Pond Edge Lysimachia Vulgaris Yellow Loosestrife Semi shade Summer Yellow 5  
Marginal Caltha palustris Marsh Marigold All Areas Spring Yellow 0.7  
Marginal Ligularia tangutica Golden Rays All Areas Spring-Autumn Yellow 4 very shallow
Marginal Calla palustris Bog Arum All Areas Summer Yellow 1.3 up to 1 ft
Marginal Iris pseudacorus Common Flag All Areas Summer Yellow 2.6 up to 1 ft
Marginal Nuphar lutea Yellow Water Lily All Areas Summer Yellow to surface 1 to 3 feet
Marginal Acorus calamus Sweet Flag Sun Summer Yellow 4 up to 1 ft
Marginal Ranunculus lingua Great Spearwort Sun Summer Yellow 2.2 up to 1 ft
Oxygenator Utricularia vulgaris Common Bladderwort Sun Summer Yellow sub-surface oxygenator more than 1 foot
Water Lily Nymphoides peltata Water Fringe Semi shade Summer Yellow to surface 1 to 2 feet

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