Water-loving flowers grow in a wide range of colors, sizes and shapes, each with its own distinct foliage. While many plants and flowers prefer a moderate amount of water, sometimes drying up between each soak, other plants require a constant amount of moisture in their soil. Tucked along a perennial bed or garden walkway, water-loving flowers create a vibrant, landscape presence.
Canna lilies (Canna x generalis) are perennial flowers that require moist, nutrient-laden soil to thrive. Growing 24 to 48 inches tall, canna lilies provide bursts of color to the garden with their large tropical looking blooms and foliage. The bright blooms on canna lilies grow in a wide range of colors including, red, orange, pink and yellow. The lustrous clumping foliage is deep green with prominent veins running through each leaf. Tucked along a garden wall, canna lilies create a commanding landscape display. Cannas require full sun and well-drained, rich soil. The USDA Hardiness Zone for planting is 8 to 10.
Frydek Elephant’s Ear
Frydek elephant’s ear (Alocasia micholitziana 'Frydek') is a perennial evergreen plant that hails from southeast Asia, where they grow in damp, moist sites. A moderate grower with a clumping growth habit, frydek elephant’s ear has dark green to black arrow-shaped leaves that are marked with white veins, resembling a rib cage. The pale stalks have purple banding that hold the 18-inch long leaves. Versatile, frydek elephant’s ear tolerates a wide range of soil types and humidity levels. Tucked along the back of a garden bed or growing in a container indoors, frydek elephant's ear plants requires part shade only and humus-rich, well-drained soils. The zone for planting is 9 to 11.
Hardy geranium (Geranium 'Rozanne') is a perennial flower with a moderate growth rate and clump-like form. Tolerant of a wide range of soil varieties, hardy geranium requires fertile, moist soil that is well-drained. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, hardy geranium flowers have large blooms that are violet to blue and produce masses of flowers in late spring through summer. Grown along a flower border or tucked into containers, hardy geranium plants create a vibrant garden addition. Hardy geranium have pale green foliage that weaves and spreads easily around the landscape to contrast with the deep jewel-toned flowers. Versatile, hardy geraniums grow in full sun to part shade. Divide the hardy geranium flower in spring or fall to plant in other areas of the garden. The zone for planting is 4 to 8.