Plants Around A Pond - Knowledgebase Question

Shorewood, IL
Question by thethreeds
January 6, 1998
What plants do you recommend planting around a back yard pond.

Answer from NGA
January 6, 1998


Most folks try to plant things that thrive in a moist environment when making plans for border plants at a pond. If your soil is moist, consider Iris, Ice Ballet Asclepsias (Asclepsias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'), Milky Bellflower (Campanula lactiflora 'Macrantha'), Joe-Pye Plant (Eupatorium fistulosum 'Gateway), Ruby Slippers Lobelia (Lobelia x 'Ruby Slippers'), Queen of the Meadow (Filipendula), Turtlehead Flower (Chelone), Barbara's Buttons (Marshallia grandiflora) and Giant Hibiscus (Hisbiscus moscheutos 'Lord Baltimore'). Ferns and grasses that prefer moisture provide a consistent backdrop for other plantings. If your pond is contained within a liner and you find the soil is not on the moist side, you can't plant pretty much anything that meets your zone/hardiness, and sun exposure requirements. Check out the garden planning page at Garden Escape's website ( for more suggestions and color photos. Enjoy!

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