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Water Garden Plants Tropical Marginals


FLOATING TROPICAL PLANTS: Floating plants are simply plants that free-float and do not need to be anchored in a pot. It doesn't get much easier than that. Floaters are generally very prolific.

An Overview to Tropical Marginals

TROPICAL MARGINALS: These plants are typically placed in more shallow areas of the pond. Most ponds are built with a plant shelf at around 12" deep specifically for placing shallow-water plants. There are hundreds of varieties of plants that go in this group.

Looking at sun requirements and growing height will help you choose the right plants for your pond. But, again, please don't underestimate your own preference. Pick the plants you like and you are bound to be happy with the decision. There are shallow-water plants that will survive anywhere in the country and those that will survive in only limited areas.

Just like tropical lilies, a plant that doesn't survive the winter can still make a wonderful choice to keep for one season.


Black Magic Taro

Black Magic Taro

Black Magic Taro

Many brilliant, deep reddish black elephant-ear leaves with dark red stems. A striking addition to any water garden.


Blue Bell

Blue Bell

Blue Bell

Small blue bell flowers and short narrow foliage. This aquatic plant will add color to any water garden.


Bog Lily

Bog Lily

Bog Lily

Long dark green stalks with outstanding large white flowers. This is a very fragrant aquatic plant.


Dwarf Papyrus

Dwarf Papyrus

Dwarf Papyrus

Foliage has round brush-like balls on the end of each stalk. Grows in clumps.

Dwarf Umbrella Palm

Dwarf Umbrella Palm

Dwarf Umbrella Palm

Dwarf version of the Umbrella Palm. Perfect for small ponds and tub gardens.


Floating Heart

Floating Heart

Floating Heart

Five petaled yellow flower held slightly above the water surface with small heart shaped leaves.


Imperial Taro

Imperial Taro

Imperial Taro

Black and green variegated leaves. Very exotic.

Orange Snowflake

Orange Snowflake

Orange Snowflake

Bright orange flowers with fringed margins. Surface leaves with lily pad shape and serrated edges.


Pink Chi-Chi Blue Bell

Pink Chi-Chi Blue BellPink Chi-Chi Blue Bell

Small pink bell flowers and short narrow foliage.

Pink Pickerel Rush

Pink Pickerel RushPink Pickerel Rush

Profusion of bright pink flowers in the summer. Dark green foliage.

Radican Marble Queen

Radican Marble QueenRadican Marble Queen

Heavily mottled yellow and green foliage with white flowers. Very attractive.

Sagittaria Montevidensis

Sagittaria MontevidensisSagittaria Montevidensis

Blooms are white with a purple dot on each petal. Thick leaves.

Spider Lily

Spider LilySpider Lily

Beautiful fragrant white blooms with long narrow leaves. A must for every water garden.

Thalia, Red Stemmed

Thalia, Red Stemmed

Bold green leaves with red stems and violet flower spikes held high above foliage.

Umbrella Palm

Umbrella PalmUmbrella Palm

Crowns of bright green grass-like leaves. Makes a nice house plant in the winter

Variegated Spider Lily

Variegated Spider LilyVariegated Spider Lily

Delightful white flower with boldly striped foliage.Tropical Marginals

Variegated Taro

Variegated TaroVariegated Taro

Striking ivory mottling on lush green leaves.

Variegated White Snowflake

Variegated White SnowflakeVariegated White Snowflake

Abundant small white flowers. Bronze and green lily-like surface pads.

Violet Stemmed Taro

Violet Stemmed TaroViolet Stemmed Taro

Many large blue-green leaves on violet stems. Very decorative.

Water Hibiscus

Water HibiscusWater Hibiscus

Very large white blossoms and leaves.

Water Poppy

Water PoppyWater Poppy

Yellow poppy-like flowers with small green round leaves.

Yellow Snowflake

Yellow SnowflakeYellow Snowflake

Bright yellow flowers with brown and green variegated leaves.

Zephyr Lily

Zephyr LilyZephyr Lily

Small white flowers with dark green, narrow, needle-like foliage.