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The Top 25 Water Garden Plants, Selected by ATP Members

By dave
March 15, 2014

Here's a report of the most popular water garden plants from our database!

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Mar 14, 2014 7:35 PM CST
Surprised that waterlilies were NOT in the top 25! How are these lists compiled?

The main reason I love water gardening is to grow waterlilies. I was very surprised that they weren't even mentioned! When I think of water gardening .... I think of "water" such as a pond or water container. Shows how much I know .... Sticking tongue out
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Name: Holly
South Central Pa
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HollyAnnS
Mar 14, 2014 8:13 PM CST
I was surprised at some of the plants on the list, just never thought of them as water plants even though I knew many of them grew along streams and banks. I also had fun counting the many water plants that are the same ones in my gardens.
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Mar 14, 2014 8:45 PM CST

Plants Admin

I suspect no one ever filled in the data to identify them as water plants. The computer-aided lists are compiled by finding all of the plants of the specific category and choosing the 25 with the most photos by several different contributors and the most comments.

If you see that a special theme week is coming up, and you want to make sure your favorites are among the top 25, add data, photos, and comments to those entries.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Mar 15, 2014 11:36 AM CST
There are many true water plants that are not in the list. Water Lilies, Water Lettuce, all the many pond plants that grow in a sunny water garden like parrot feather. Cattails would certainly be a well known and grows all over water plant but they are not on the list either.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Mar 15, 2014 11:39 AM CST

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It's a popularity contest.

The primary entry for Water Lilies only has photos from 1 person and a single comment.

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That means it's not going to rank very high when I pull the list.

Next month is Daylilies Week. We should somehow let the Daylilies people know that if they want their favorite cultivar to appear, they better make sure they've posted a photo and a comment about it to the DB! Smiling
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Mar 15, 2014 11:47 AM CST
I have TONS of daylilies that I have not posted comments about. *Blush* Sad
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Mar 15, 2014 11:58 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Make sure you've commented about your favorites!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Mar 15, 2014 12:00 PM CST
Yes, I had better do that. Thumbs up
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Mar 15, 2014 7:10 PM CST
Thanks for the explanation of how plants make it to the TOP of the list. I had no idea that is how you choose them, Dave! Thanks for clarifying!
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Mar 15, 2014 7:20 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

I tip my hat to you. Big Grin
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 16, 2014 7:02 PM CST
Uh oh, I think it was a spelling issue - I searched "Water Lily" in the Database and came up with 50 pages of entries. Green Grin!

First I searched "waterlilies" though. Nada.

Then I got curious and just typed in "Water" and came up with a lot more water plants and less trees and marginal plants.

btw, Congratulations Dave to you and Trish and . . . well what the heck are you doing on this site right now!?
Elaine

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