One of our most popular bog plants is the Dwarf Papyrus. I think its an unusual looking plant and adds alot of dimension to the pond. It always seems to grow well and is one pond plant that is easy to grow and attend to. The Dwarf Papyrus is a good bog plant to create a tub garden or tabletop pond. I have one growing in a ceramic pot on my patio and it does well.
The papyrus grows in sun to part shade and likes moist soil and can tolerate water up to 4 inches deep. Its considered hardy Zones 8-11 but can easily be wintered over indoors. As long as you keep the plant in 50 degrees and above it will be fine. You may watch for mealybugs as they will sometimes appear on the plant during the winter but can easily be treated.
They grow 12-18 inches high with a spread of 6-12 inches. To start other plants take the seeds and put in wet soil or propagate from the viviparous top fronds. You'll soon have other plants to place in your pond.
If you like larger plants you can go for the Dwarf Giant Papyrus (Cyperus percamenthus) which will grow about 3 feet high. There is also the Egyptian Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) which can grow to 8 feet high.
Whichever Papyrus you chose it is a unique pond plant for your pond.
The striped beauty canna has flowers that are white and yellow petals with red stems. Its leaves are a bright green striped in white. It will reach 3-5 feet high and grow 3-4 feet wide. Best if grown in water that is up to 1 inch deep. Hardy in Zones 8 - 11. They cannot withstand a winter freeze. You can bring them indoors for the winter or you can let them dry out so the tubers can be cleaned and stored for the winter. It has been successful taking cannas and placing them in the bottom of your pond for the winter. As long as the rhizomes are not reached by ice during the winter they will return in the spring.
Striped Beauty Canna can be found here.
Mosaic plant is one of the most unusual floating plants you can add to your pond. It is both a marginal plant and a floating plant and grows best if planted along the edge of the pond in 12-18 inches of warm water. It has a running spread that will usually cover 24 inches in a single season, each rosette spreading to 4 inches. The leaves are green with red edges and grow from a central radius and the foliage forms a mosaic-like circle. It prefers warm and sunny to partly shady conditions, and will not tolerate water temperatures below 60 degrees, or water with a pH of 8 and above. Mosaic is hardy in Zones 8-11. In cooler climates, it needs to be brought indoors and kept in a warm aquarium of at least 65 degrees with supplemental lighting.
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Tropical Sunrise Canna is one of the showiest cannas I've seen. New this year for us it produces large apricot and pink blooms. It has deep green foliage and grows to about 3 feet tall. It is an early bloomer and will continue to bloom throughout the season. Cannas are considered tropical and need to be dug up in late fall after the first frost in northern climates. You can store the tubers in lightly moistened peat and replant the following season.
Introducing a New plant for 2009. Star Grass (Dichromena colorata) A tiny white star shaped flower appears atop grasslike leaves with a bold center. This bog plant grows to 24-36 inches tall. It grows well in bogs or in a pot with about 2 inches or less of water above the top of the pot. It likes high moisture. Requires sun to partial shade and will bloom starting in the spring throughout the summer season. Considered a tropical bog plant but is hardy zones 7a through 10.
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Water poppy (Hydrocleys nymphoids) has yellow flowers and rounded leaves. The flowers are about 2" in diameter and spreads over 1-6 feet in your pond. It can be restrained by clipping off some of its runners. It will grow well in a lot of shade, but prefers the sun. It should be planted 4-12 inches deep. Once your water temperatures reach 70 degrees it will continue to grow and bloom until killed by the frost. An excellent small flower for bogs and shallow pond areas or containers.
This picture was taken in my sister's pond.
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I try to get as many shots as I can when a dragonfly is visiting my pond. This shot was taken last year while the dragonfly was visiting my Red Bog Lily.