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.
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
Many brilliant, deep reddish black elephant-ear leaves with dark red stems. A striking addition to any water garden.
Small blue bell flowers and short narrow foliage. This aquatic plant will add color to any water garden.
Long dark green stalks with outstanding large white flowers. This is a very fragrant aquatic plant.
Foliage has round brush-like balls on the end of each stalk. Grows in clumps.
Dwarf Umbrella Palm
Dwarf version of the Umbrella Palm. Perfect for small ponds and tub gardens.
Five petaled yellow flower held slightly above the water surface with small heart shaped leaves.
Black and green variegated leaves. Very exotic.
Bright orange flowers with fringed margins. Surface leaves with lily pad shape and serrated edges.
|Pink Chi-Chi Blue Bell|
Small pink bell flowers and short narrow foliage.
|Pink Pickerel Rush|
Profusion of bright pink flowers in the summer. Dark green foliage.
|Radican Marble Queen|
Heavily mottled yellow and green foliage with white flowers. Very attractive.
Blooms are white with a purple dot on each petal. Thick leaves.
Beautiful fragrant white blooms with long narrow leaves. A must for every water garden.
|Thalia, Red Stemmed|
Bold green leaves with red stems and violet flower spikes held high above foliage.
Crowns of bright green grass-like leaves. Makes a nice house plant in the winter
|Variegated Spider Lily|
Delightful white flower with boldly striped foliage.Tropical Marginals
Striking ivory mottling on lush green leaves.
|Variegated White Snowflake|
Abundant small white flowers. Bronze and green lily-like surface pads.
|Violet Stemmed Taro|
Many large blue-green leaves on violet stems. Very decorative.
Very large white blossoms and leaves.
Yellow poppy-like flowers with small green round leaves.
Bright yellow flowers with brown and green variegated leaves.
Small white flowers with dark green, narrow, needle-like foliage.
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