Plants Around a Water Feature

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have recently built a pond or other water feature in your backyard, you may be searching for plants and flowers to incorporate into your oasis. A wide variety of plants and flowers will thrive in a moist, well-watered environment. You should select your flowers based upon how close they will be planted to the water feature.

Lemon Chiffon Waterlily

Purchase lemon chiffon waterlilies for your pond or water feature. These gorgeous, double-bloom yellow lilies need about six to eight hours of direct sunlight per day to thrive. Their leaves have a 4 to 6-square-feet reach, so ensure they have plenty of room to spread out.

Black-eyed Susan Plant

For a more traditional ornament around an outdoor water feature, select a black-eyed Susan plant. Do not plant it too close to the edge of the water feature. Instead, use black-eyed Susan as a border or cover around the water feature. It is a flowery vine that features golden petals and black pistils in the centre. It grows low to the ground, so it makes a good ground cover. The plant's petals also can appear in shades of orange, deep purple and white. The black-eyed Susan plant grows easily in the sun and can grow up to 8 feet tall.


Bougainvillea is a dramatic, flowery vine plant that features lush, large clusters of blooms in hues of light purple, pink, orange, red and gold. It's a tropical plant by nature, but it can grow in many cold areas of the country. The vine is characterised by sharp spikes, so grower beware. Plant bougainvillea on a trellis or fence surrounding your water feature.

Knot Grass

Select dramatic-looking knot grass as an ornamental grass for the edge of your water feature. Knot grass is a perennial grass that thrives in warm climates and at the margins of bodies of water, such as canals. This is a good plant to incorporate to the edges of your water feature where it can get lots of water.

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