The Q&A Archives: flowers around outdoor ponds

Question: What type of flowers/plants can be planted around my outdoor pond?

Answer: There are lots of plants that won't mind soggy soils around ponds and pools. 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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