Water Gardens

Native plants are a wonderful and underused means to create a natural setting around a water feature in your landscape. Many wildflowers and grasses thrive along the moist edge of a pond. Pictured are gray-headed coneflowers, which can be grown from transplants or seeds. Masses of their earthy colored seed heads in fall and winter are attractive and provide feed for birds.

Some other great wildflowers, grasses, and shrubs for water features are:Water Garden

Asclepias incarnata, Swamp milkweed
Penstemon digitalis, Smooth penstemon
Monarda fistulosa, Wild bergamot
Liatris pycnostachya, Kansas gayfeather
Helenium autumnale, Helen’s flower
Panicum virgatum, Switchgrass
Chasmanthium latifolium, Northern sea oats
Viburnum prunifolium, Blackhaw viburnum
Viburnum rufidulum, Rusty blackhaw viburnum
Cephalanthus occidentalis, Buttonbush