En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Saturday - April 28, 2012

From: Topeka, KS
Region: Midwest
Topic: Water Gardens
Title: Perennial plants for full sun around pond
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I am looking for full sun perennial plants for the exterior of a water pond. Planting suggestions?

ANSWER:

You can find these yourself by going to our Native Plant Database and doing a COMBINATION SEARCH, choosing "Kansas" under Select State or Province, "Sun - 6 or more hours" under Light Requirement and "Wet - saturated" under Soil Moisture.  This will give you more than 100 choices, but you can limit it by other characteristics by using the NARROW YOUR SEARCH option on the sidebar.  Most of these will grow in the water as well as the very moist area at the edge of your pond.    Here are some suggestions from that list:

Asclepias incarnata (Swamp milkweed)

Equisetum hyemale (Canuela) will tend to "take over" unless you confine it in a container.

Hibiscus moscheutos (Crimsoneyed rosemallow)

Iris brevicaulis (Zigzag iris)

Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal flower)

Pontederia cordata (Pickerelweed)

Typha latifolia (Broadleaf cattail) is another plant that "take over" unless confined to a container.

Verbena hastata (Swamp verbena)

If you want plants that grow in slightly drier areas, then you can modify your search to "Moist - soils looks and feels damp" under Soil Moisture.

 

From the Image Gallery


Swamp milkweed
Asclepias incarnata

Canuela
Equisetum hyemale

Crimsoneyed rosemallow
Hibiscus moscheutos

Zigzag iris
Iris brevicaulis

Cardinal flower
Lobelia cardinalis

Pickerelweed
Pontederia cordata

Broadleaf cattail
Typha latifolia

Swamp verbena
Verbena hastata

More Water Gardens Questions

Plants for a pond bank in NE Pennsylvania
January 13, 2011 - I had a 3/4 acre pond built this fall in Northeastern Pennsylvania (Susquehanna county; zone 4). The pond banks are packed, hard rocky clay. What plants can I plant in the 3 foot bank between pond ...
view the full question and answer

Propagation information from Queens NY
October 04, 2012 - Hello. I would appreciate information on when to plant the following plants. I found on the USDA website that all these plants could withstand the cold. ALthough they can withstand harsh weather, ...
view the full question and answer

Plants for pavilion over fountain in Washington State
December 26, 2008 - I have a tall fountain in a 7 foot square which is surrounded by pavers. Inside the 7' square there is about a 2' mulched soil bed around the center fountain and an iron type pavilion that goes up h...
view the full question and answer

Plants for a pond edge in IN
June 08, 2012 - Hello, I live in Southern Indiana. I care very much about reinforcing native plants for my region & not planting anything invasive. I had a pond built last year & need some suggestions for native ...
view the full question and answer

Water Gardening
February 28, 2005 - I took the landscaping class several years ago, and now would like to put in a section of aquatic plants. Starting small, I was initially looking for a ceramic bowl-type container, and I need to know...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center