Plants Around a Water Feature

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Plants Around a Water Feature
Water lilies can grow in your pond or water feature. (water lilies image by peejay from Fotolia.com)

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.

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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

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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