Nymphaea Colorado

Colorado Water Lily

Another hardy lily that attracts butterflies during our  summers, the Colorado Water Lily, sports early pink blooms that are tinged with a lighter salmon color.  During the heat of the summer, the blooms are a deeper shade of pink.  Then in the fall, the blossoms have more yellow in the center and a lighter salmon on the outer petals.  Make sure the crown of the hardy lilies remains under the ice if your water feature freezes in the winter.  Its leaves a a green with reddish purple spots.  Spreading about 4-5 feet, it is great for larger ponds.

Caltha palustris

Marsh Marigold

The marsh marigold has round, dark-green leaves with two lobes at the base and ridged edges and yellow flowers that form on long stalks above the foliage.  In the buttercup family, its blooms provide an excellent accent in early spring.  A native Colorado  species of marsh marigold has white blossoms and is one of the earliest of our spring flowers.  This beautiful plant is usually in full bloom along with the tulips and daffodils in your gardens.  It prefers part shade and extreme heat may burn leaves.  It is very tolerant of cold temperatures making it a great Colorado plant.

Iris louisiana, Black Gamecock

Black Gamecock Iris

Louisiana iris have larger, more showy blooms than other water-tolerant iris.  The Black Gamecock Iris is a vibrant iris that features stunning deep-purple blooms provide a unique accent. It blooms in early summer.  Plant in full sun.  Iris attract butterflies and will definitely be an asset to your water feature plantings. It will overwinter in mud or shallow water up to 4 in. over crown.

Lysimachia nummularia

Creeping Jenny

Creeping Jenny has small round leaves that are a deep green and form in pairs along long stems.  It provides a lush ground cover and is also ideal to hang in waterfalls and streams. Bright yellow star shaped flowers appear abundantly in the summer.  It overwinters in mud or very shallow water (the crown does not need to be submerged below ice line).  This plant grows quickly and adds softness to rocks in and around any water feature.  It will grow in full sun to partial shade and grows very quickly.  Although it grows quickly, it is easily managed and will not become a nuisance.

Juncus effusus 'Spiralis’

Corkscrew Rush

Tubular green foliage grows in clumps of tightly-spiraled stems that uncoil as it spreads in all directions giving the corkscrew rush a unique appearance.  It makes a great accent plant that gives texture to edges. Sparse tiny brown flowers grow at the tips of some stems.  It thrives in full sun to partial shade and needs to have its roots protected in the winter from freezing.

Myosotis scirpoides

Blue Water Forget-Me-Not

This prolific aquatic Forget-Me-Not has lush green foliage with dainty blue flowers and is an excellent edge plant for a pond or stream.  It provides great ground cover.  It has dainty, blue star shaped flowers with yellow centers in cooler months and prefers some light shade.  It overwinters well in either mud or shallow water.  It is a must to tuck in between rocks to soften the edges of any water feature.

Myriophyllum aquaticum

Parrot Feather

Parrot feather has feather-like, round foliage grows on long stems and floats on the water surface; good choice for softening the pond or stream edge; creates light shade and cover for fish. It is an annual that will sometimes over winter in Colorado.  Parrot feather prefers full sun to partial shade.  It can be overwintered by taking stem cuttings.  It can also be divided by stem cuttings during the growing season to create new plants.  Hanging it in a waterfall will create a very dramatic and impressive look.

Thalia dealbata

Powdery Thalia

Powdery Thalia Lush is a striking marginal plant with huge, tropical-looking leaves that are lance-shaped with a slight powdery-blue tint In the late summer.  While the foliage can reach up to 2 feet high, the flowers can surpass that and reach to six feet!  Round purple flowers grow in spikes at the tips of long stems that reach far above the leaves.  It prefers full sun to partial shade.  Hardy in Colorado, it requires no special care in the winter.