The Q&A Archives: flowers close to pond

Question: What are some pretty flowers or bushes that could be planted close to a natural run off pond? It is a shallow pond with LOTS of lilly pads come summer but would like to have some color added near the area.

Answer: There are lots of plants that won't mind soggy soils. Here's a partial list:
Aconitum (Monkshood), Hibiscus (Rose Mallow), Actaea (Bugbane), Isolepsis (Scirpus) (Fiber Optic Grass), Alchemilla (Lady?s Mantle), Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern), Alocasia (Elephant Ear), Monarda (Bee Balm), Aruncus (Goatsbeard), Mimulus (Monkey Flower), Asclepias incarnate (Swamp Milkweed), Miscanthus(some varieties) (Maiden Grass), Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster), Molinia caerulea (Purple Moor Grass), Astilbe, Myosotis (Forget Me Not), Astilboides tabularis (Shield Leaf), Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern), Athyrium (Lady Fern), Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass), Bergenia, Phalaris arundinacea (Ribbon Grass), Blechnum (Deer Fern) Physostegia (Obedient Plant), Canna, Polygonum (Soloman?s Seal), Chelone lyonii (Turtlehead), Primula (Primrose,) Cyrtomium (Fish Tail Fern), Rodgersia (Rodger?s Flower), Gunnera (Dinosaur Food), Sisyrinchium californicum (Yellow Eyed Grass),
Hosta (Plantain Lily), Thalictrum (Meadow Sweet), Ligularia, Tiarella (Foam Flower),
Lysimachia (Loosestrife), Tradescantia virginiana (Spiderwort), Helenium autumnale (Helen?s Flower), Trollius (Globe Flower), Helianthus angustifolia (Swamp Sunflower), Zantedeschia (Common Calla), Arenaria (Corsican Sandwort), Lysimachia (Creeping Jenny), Galium (Sweet Woodruff), Mentha (Corsican Mint), Houttuyuna (Chameleon Plant), Potentilla (Spring Cinquefoil).

Hope these suggestions help.

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