When spring breezes blow, that means one thing for pond owners … getting your water garden ready for hours of pondside fun! Some of you are scheduling your pond clean-out, while others are probably choosing new aquatic plants to spruce up your waterscape.

While books can provide pages of inspiration for aquatic plant choices, sometimes it’s advantageous to tap into your local garden center for their recommendations. Gina Mangra, retail store manager for Aquascape Designs Water Gardening Store, gives her top 5 picks for aquatic plants to add to your pond this season.

Golden Creeping Jenny: Lysimachia nummularia

Golden Creeping Jenny: Lysimachia nummularia

This little plant is great for concealing edges and works well in shallow areas of the pond or stream. Creeping Jenny softens the look of the pond’s edge and is easy to manage. Delightful, small yellow flowers add pops of color to your water feature.

Cork Screw Rush: Juncus effosus

Cork Screw Rush: Juncus effosus

This quirky plant lends a punch of personality to the pond and can be planted in shallow edges up to 4”. The twisted grass-type plant (thus the name “cork screw”) comes in many varieties such as “Blue Medusa” and “Unicorn.”

Water Forget-Me-Not: Myosotis scorpioides

Water Forget-Me-Not: Myosotis scorpioides

Dainty Forget-Me-Not thrives along the edge of a pond and in the streambed. This perennial’s tiny blue flowers bloom all summer long. Tuck it between rocks to soften the edges of your pond.

Parrots Feather: Myriophyllum aquaticum

Parrots Feather: Myriophyllum aquaticum

The feathery fronds of this plant make an impressive statement when used along waterfalls. As Parrots Feather grows it cascades over the rocks providing lacy green touches of interest. Pinch it off during the growing season and you’ll have more plants to use along the edges or stream.

Joey Tomocik: Nymphaea ‘Joey Tomocik’

Joey Tomocik: Nymphaea ‘Joey Tomocik’

Best for: 6-12” deep

Bright yellow blooms remain open almost all day on this stunning hardy waterlily. Joey Tomocik can have up to 6 blooms on one just one plant. The blooms rise up out of the water up to 6” and are a true show-stopper.

Now that you have a list of some favorites, you can check out your local aquatic garden center for adding these beauties to your pond.

Article and photos provided by Aquascape, Inc.