If you need a stream of ideas of plants for your waterside look no further.
For bog gardens or the streamside there are many plants that will be happy with damp roots. This is our selection of the flowering plants that will grow well in a waterside position.
Flowering Waterside Plants a Top Ten
- Iris is one of the most popular waterside plants with several varieties suitable for this position including, Iris ensata Gracieuse’, Iris pseudacorus and Iris sibirica ‘Silver Edge’ .
- Snowflake or ‘Leucojum vernum’ is much larger than its relation the snowdrop. The flowers are held on long stems that droop gracefully. It is easy to grow and multiplies freely in most gardens provided the soil is moist enough. Plants have been known to withstand flooding and standing water so it is an ideal choice for bog gardens
- Ligularia The Rocket has yellow flower heads held well clear of the foliage. Very architectural with its sturdy, upright habit giving good reflection in the water.
- Astilbe ‘Rheinland’ or Astilbe x arendsii ‘Spinell have wonderful plumes of flowers and love the damp conditions.
- Lysichiton camschatcensis The Giant white arum has beautiful white, arum-like flowers which are slightly later than yellow Lysichiton americanus. With smaller leaves it is a better plant for a small pond or bog garden. Slow to establish but very hardy.
- Mimulus guttatus the yellow monkey flower will seed quite succesfully.
- Primula beesiana, Primula bulleyana or Primula japonica ‘Apple Blossom’ are just some of the family that like damp soil. For a great show see Harlow Carr Hybrids at the RHS gardens.Read more on Primulas.
- Geum ‘Lemon Drops’ is a clean light yellow and the deep pink Geum rivale ‘Leonard’s Variety is one of my favourites
- Hemerocallis ‘Arctic Snow’ and most other varieties of Day Lilies look outstanding near a stream or pond.
- Caltha palustris or the variety Caltha palustris ‘Flore Pleno’ finish this list but there are many others so let us know your own personal favourites.