Water Plants Order

It was too cold to do more than just walk around in the garden last night, measuring out the future veggie patch and poking around. So instead, I came inside and browsed through some online water plants sites.

I guess one of the lessons we’ve learned from all of the dead fish is that we really need more pond plants, in case there was too much waste in the water for the fish to survive. (It’s still probably just not deep enough for them, but the algae growth tells us we need more plants as well.)

Pond plants have been notoriously expensive around us, though. We see things that we think should be five or ten dollars priced at thirty, and we’re just not willing to pay that much for them. Frank found a place online, though, which is far more reasonable. I promptly spent $160 ordering everything they had for zone 4. I can’t wait until they get here.

WATER HIBISCUS

HIBISCUS MOSCHUETOS

Pink flowers

Grows to 4 feet

Zone 4

(Hmm. After I ordered this, I discovered it’s common name is Rose Mallow. I don’t really like Rose Mallow. They look very weedy to me, and I have them all over. No wonder they are cheap! Oh well. Maybe this will be a more cultivated variety. I can hope.)

CARDINAL FLOWER

LOBELIA CARDINALIS

Intense Red Flower August-October

Grows to 2 feet

Hardy Zone 4

(Who knew they could be planted in the margins of the pond? Partial shade, they say? Maybe near the bridge?)

CORKSCREW

JUNCUS EFFUSUS SPIRALIS

Coiled foliage

Zone 4

CHINESE DOUBLE ROSE

Pink Blooms

Grows 12-24″ high

Zone 4 when established (I wonder what that means, and what I’m supposed to do in the meantime? I need to read up on that.)

BEN GIBSON

Blooms have pink tip, paling, veins red, base pale yellow. Pleasant fragrance

Plant height 3-4 feet

Blooms last up to a week, older blooms sometimes stay open all night.

Zone 4 once it is established.

UNNAMED WHITE HARDY LILY

Mixed White Hybrid

(We already have pink, red and yellow, so a white sounded pretty.)

ELLISIANA

Deep red flowers once plant is established.

This lily is good for small ponds, or tub gardens. Plant spread 2-4 ft.

Needs full sun for maximum blooms.

Does best in zones 3-7.

DUCKWEED

LEMNA MINOR

Small green floating plant, looks like confetti, sometimes fish love to eat this plant.

WATER HYACINTH

EICHORNIA CRASSIPE

Bulb type plant that floats on the water.

Beautiful purple flowers, nice green leaves.

(Carol gave me one of these as a gift in 2001, and I loved it, but never did figure out how to get it through the winter. This year, I want to try putting it in the basement or maybe a hanging pot by the kitchen sink filled with water. So pretty.)

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