Vlog #1: Adding Plants to Our Home Pond

May 1, 2018


So we are finally putting the finishing touches on our home pond and I’m so excited about it!  Everything is now finished except the electric and the pond plants. 


So you guessed it, this week’s blog is: Adding Plants to Our Home Pond



Since Cody is a Horticulture major, there is ONE thing about a landscape that can drive him MAD…planting plants that are too big for a space. No one likes maintenance so why would you put a shrub with a maturity size of 20 ft in front of your window??? Doesn’t make any sense…


As for water features, aquatic plants are notorious for being invasive. Some are even on invasive species lists in certain states and not allowed to be brought into the state. In Arkansas, water hyacinths can’t be planted, purchased, gifted, or transferred across state lines. 


So when we choose plants for our ponds, it’s important to get the species and varieties right so that your pond is enjoyable and not a job


A  wise aquatic plant specialist once said, “You only need to know three plants, know them well and plant them everywhere.”


We take that to heart so here is a list of what we are planting in our pond which also happens to be our go to plants:



Our Favorite Pond Plants:



Dwarf Water Lily - Nymphaea ‘Helvola' and Nymphaea 'Paul Harriott’


Our pond is 11’x16’ roughly (plus the stream). Anything that size or under really needs a dwarf version of a water lily, in my opinion. Unless you have a water garden for the sole purpose of being a water lily garden, a regular water lily will cover all the other wonderful things up in your pond. 

We have small children and they love the fish! We want to show off the fish along with the amazing rock work Cody did as much as possible.


This variety has a yellow tinted flower that packs a punch. The plant has a 1-2' spread and is hardy zones 4-10. Don't forget to fertilize regularly!



Rain Lily - 'Zephyranthes candida'

Rain lily is a sweet little plant to add to the margins of your pond. It booms from late summer into fall and has a sweet aroma. It can be used in bogs and to help break up the edge of your pond. It may be Cody's favorite... It is hardy zone 7-10 so it is an annual here but we have grown to love those sweet white flowers so much that we don't have a problem buying new every year. You other plant junkies know what I mean! 




Blue Flag Iris - 'Iris versicolor'

Blue flag likes shallow water as well and should be planted in around 2-3” of water. It’s a marginal plant that does a great job of adding greenery to the shore of your pond. Blue Flag clumps up more than regular iris so it isn’t as invasive. It has a beautiful blue flower that has an unmistakable iris quality. 




Dwarf Sweet Flag - Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'


Sweetflag is a great filler plant to tuck in edges and in between rocks in your pond. It is a marginal so don’t put it in more than 6” of water, although it does prefer moist soil, it grows well in wet soil. I love sweet flag because it gives the pond such a natural look. Pockets of sweetflag remind me of a local creek that plants have found a way to multiple along its edges. It takes a good looking pond, and makes it look great. Hardy zones 5-9.



Bog Bean - 'Menyanthes trifoliata'


The frog’s delight! Bog bean is a slow grower that loves moving water. It is a marginal plant that is hardy zones 3-10. dMaintenance is low…ever so often simple yank out what you don’t want. The highly fragrant white flowers stand up a few inches above the leaves making them noticeable May through July. 


Water lettuce: Jumbo and rosette varieties.

Hardy zone 8-10, Water lettuce is an annual here therefore is not invasive for us. If you are in zone 8 or higher, consider checking your state regulations because it may be considered an invasive species. Water lettuce is going in one specific spot in our stream, wedged between two rocks. The lettuce will cascade down the side of the rock making a beautiful scene. I can't wait!




Water Gardens, Koi Ponds, whatever you have are beautiful additions to any landscape. BUT, adding plants to it can turn it into something magical. (Not to mention something more healthy.) Ponds need plants. Simple as that. If you'd like to see the Vlog about adding plants to our pond click the video below! Don't forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel to get updates on our weekly Vlogs!





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