Shelf plants require potting


Shelf plants, also known as bog plants and marginal plants, come with starter pots. These plants will need repotted in a one or two gallon pot. We sell pots for plants, fertilzer, and we ship planting instrustions alongside your order.

Best for the perimeter of the pond


Bog plants are shelf plants that can grow outside of the pond. They naturally grow in swamp and marsh areas. The top of the roots should be planted near the water surface, no deeper then one foot. Props can be used to raise the container if needed.

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Hardy plants will survive the winter in the USA.
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2 Gallon Pot

1 Gallon Plant Container for Shelf Plants

We recommend using the one gallon planting container for all hardy shelf plants. Fill with top soil, and add a thin layer of gravel to the top to anchor the soil. We also suggest that fertilizer be used, 1-2 tablets per container. (8" in diameter x 6" in height)

Price: $1.95

Blue Lobelia

The blue flowers on this pond plant are on spikes 2' to 3' high. This plant is a very good bloomer and easy to grow. It tends to bloom from June until the early fall. Blue Lobelia looks good around other pond plants with a dark-green stem.

Instore Price: $12.00
Online Price: $10.00

Cardinal Flower

Enjoy spikes of intense red flowers throughout the summer. This pond plant grows 2' to 3' high. It is a very easy plant to grow and winters over easily. Cardinal Flower looks good mixed with any grass-like pond plants such as cattail.

Instore Price: $12.00
Online Price: $10.00

Flowering Rush

The 3' green stalks are topped with many small pink flowers. This pond plant is winter hardy and mixes well with most plants. Not available in CT, ID, IN, MI, MN, MT, NH, OR, SD, VT, WA, and WI.

Instore Price: $12.00
Online Price: $10.00

Lavender Musk

This pond plant produces many 1" lavender-like flowers on soft green foliage. It is a long season bloomer and gives nice late season color to the pond. This pond plant can grow to 24". It mathes well with other light-green pond plants.

Instore Price: $12.00
Online Price: $10.00

Lizard's Tail

The deep green foliage is accented with 4" - 6" long spikes of a curly white flower as seen in the picture. This pond plant is shade tolerant and very fragrant. It is also easy to grow and it winters well.

Instore Price: $12.00
Online Price: $10.00

Marsh Marigold

One of the first pond plants to bloom in the spring. This 6" to 12" pond plant does well in partial sun. It will wilt back when the summer is hot, but it will come back in the fall. It goes well with other pond plants that are 2' tall.

Instore Price: $8.00
Online Price: $6.00

Obedient Plant

The lavender-flower spikes accent the water garden nicely. It is a very vigorous grower and gets 2' to 3' high. This pond plant goes well with other flowering plants of the same color.

Instore Price: $12.00
Online Price: $10.00

Pickerel Rush

Enjoy purple blooms all summer long. Grows about 2' high and about 2' wide. This pond plant is very easy to grow. To winter this pond plant set it deep enough in the water so the tuber doesnt freeze (typicaly below 4"). Not available in CA.

Instore Price: $12.00
Online Price: $10.00

Pink Butterfly Flower

This pond plant is also known as the swamp milkweed. Butterflys are attracted to the fragrant pink clusters of flowers. It grows about 3' high although it spreads slowly. This pond plant looks good with arrowhead type pond plants.

Instore Price: $12.00
Online Price: $10.00

Thalia Dealbata

The broad canna-like leaves accent a water garden full of grass-like pond plants. Thalia also has very attractive purple flowers. It gets up to 6' high, but rarely reaching it's peak.

Instore Price: $12.00
Online Price: $10.00

White Pickerel

The white blossoms have a long blooming period and it is a profuse bloomer. To winter this pond plant set it deep enough in the water so the tuber doesnt freeze (typicaly below 4"). This pond plant mixes well with it's cousin the purple Pickerel. Not available in CA.

Instore Price: $12.00
Online Price: $10.00

White Water Hibiscus

Also called swamp rose mallow, this large pond plant can reach 4' high. It also has large 4"- 6" flowers that are white. This pond plant mixes well with other white flowered pond plants.

Instore Price: $15.00
Online Price: $12.00


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