Why plant tropical Arrowheads when there are hardy varieties? The Flowers! Aztec Arrowhead's white flowers with dark burgendy dots in the centers are fantastically original, and bloom heavily. Its leaves are larger and thicker than other Arrowhead types, and will reach a height of 2 feet tall in a 6-inch water depth. Make sure to give this hefty bloomers a lot of fertilizer!
Banana Plant has shown to be a favorite of pond owners looking for an exotic topical addition to their pond. Available in three varieties including Standard, Dwarf, and Variegated Bannana Plant. Any size pot needed to contain its larger root system is preferable, and water depth up to the top of the pot with a lot of sun and heat. Maximum height is about 3 feet, although season long Amazonic conditions will yield an enormous plant, and possibly bananas!
Blue Bell is a sub-tropical shrub that grows great in water. Long narrow green leaves shoot out about 12 inches from the plant's base with silver dollar-sized flowers in mid-Summer. Blue Bell is just one of three Bell varieties, including Pink Bell and White Bell. Give them full sun positioning and 0-4 inch water depths.
Use Mare's Tail as a small gap filler, as its vine-like sructure weaves in and around shallow, rocky areas in streams and bogs. Its short, pointed leaves are densely arranged on upright stems, resembling miniature evergreen trees. Mare's Tail will reach a maximum height of 8-16 inches in water up to 8 inches deep. Though tropical, it will retain much of its green coloration well into the Fall.
Red Hygrophilia is a versatile plant with deep maroon foliage of 2-inch obling leaves. It will easily creep along the surface of the water, pushing up and out of the water as high as 8-10 inches tall. Normally, Red Hygrophilia needs anywhere from 0-8 inches of water depth to grow well, but it can also be bunched together with weights and submerged to the bottom where it will oxygenate and eventually grow back up to the surface.
A beautiful but stinky plant! Society Garlic is a Tropical Marginal with thin, long leaves rounded at the tips, and a tall slender stalk with small purple flowers at the top. Scoiety Garlic comes in two varieties: Green (Standard) and Variegated.
Dense patches of lush, thin blades of green grass spread fervently in marshy bog areas of the pond. Star Grass will also push many small, white flowers throughout the hottest months of the Summer in full sun. The blooms are 5-point, star-shaped, and pristine white, hence the plant's name. The larger the container provided for Star Grass to grow, the more foliage and blooms you will see over the course of the Summer.