How to Arrange Flowers Around Your Pond


Ponds and water features add a relaxing element to your landscaping. They also encourage birds, butterflies and other wildlife to visit your home. The flowers you choose to surround your pond should complement the plants and flowers in the pond. Otherwise the pond will seem separate from your landscaping instead of being a natural element. There also are special considerations when planting near ponds, such as increased soil moisture in the area. Planning out your flower arrangements beforehand allows you to make changes before spending money on plants you can't use.

Step 1

Choose plants with low profiles but colorful foliage or flowers, such as bog lilies, for the shallows of the pond near the bank. This softens the line between the bank and the water and the large flowers or foliage of the plants add color to the pond.

Step 2

Plant flowers that thrive in wet soils on the banks next to the pond. Bergamont and marsh marigolds do well in wet soil and the abundant blossoms soften the lines of the pond.

Step 3

Decorate small hillocks or raised areas around the pond with trailing flowers. Choose to plant lobelia as these tolerate wet soil and the flowers trail down the hillock and into the water attractively.

Step 4

Use flowering shrubs or trees as a backdrop to the pond. Planting taller plants provides dappled shade to the pond, which is necessary during the heat of summer if you have koi or other fish. Use pussy willows or sweet pepperbushes for the backdrop.

Step 5

Put some favorite flowers that do not tolerate wet soil in decorative planters. Place these near the pond or on rocks or islands within the water feature. Planters allow you to maintain the well-drained soil for these plants but still allow you to decorate the pond area.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid surrounding the pond only with tall reeds. This makes the pond look small and overgrown. Plant reeds only along one bank. Keep in mind that koi and other fish feed on certain plants. Avoid planting anything that is poisonous to them.

Things You'll Need

  • Bog plants
  • Flowering shrubs
  • Planters


  • Oregon State University: Backyard Ponds and Water Gardens
  • University of Georgia: Water Garden Installation requires forethought
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Jenny Harrington is a freelance writer of more than five years' experience. Her work has appeared in "Dollar Stretcher" and various blogs. Previously, she owned her own business for four years, selling handmade items online, wholesale and via the crafts fair circuit. Her specialties are small business, crafting, decorating and gardening.