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Ideal for adding colour, texture, and a place for wildlife to hide, wetland plants are those that are best suited to the moist soil at the edges of a pond (their crown not submerged by the water), or boggy areas of the garden. Most wetland plants can also live quite happily in borders of the garden that are not prone to fully drying out.

Gunnera manicata

Giant Prickly Rhubarb
Summary A robust architectural giant with leaves reaching 1 metre in diameter. Its flowers are small and may be followed by berry-like fruits.

Iris chrysographes 'Black Gold'

Iris 'Black Gold'
Summary A statement iris, with grey-green narrow strap like leaves and tall strong stems displaying striking flowers with indigo-violet (almost black) falls with golden veins.

Iris chrysographes 'Black Knight'

Iris 'Black Knight'
Summary Standing proud on tall stems amongst grey-green strap like leaves, one of the darkest iris flowers you will find, with deep violet (almost black) falls and golden veins.

Iris forrestii

Iris forrestii
Summary Distinguished by its lemon yellow falls with reddish-brown veins and markings.

Iris Hookeri

Iris Hookeri
Summary A dwarf iris with mid-green, sword shaped leaves, producing lovely flowers with purple-blue falls marked with a white signal and dark purple veins.

Iris lactea

Iris lactea
Summary This elegant iris has milky-white through to pale purple falls which are veined with blue, red-purple or violet.

Iris sibirica 'Siberian Flag'

Iris 'Siberian Flag'
Summary This pretty iris puts on a great display, with narrow strappy foliage and branched stems bearing up to 5 flowers with violet-blue falls, marked with yellow and white signals and violet-blue veins.

Lythrum salicaria 'Feuerkerze'

Purple Loosestrife 'Feuerkerze'
Summary A tall growing native perennial with strong, upright stems, topped in summer months with long, poker-like heads of deep pink flowers. A double-flowered cultivar that produces considerably less seed, minimising unwanted seedlings.

Menyanthes trifoliata

Bog Bean
Summary A fast growing plant with lovely bright green foliage. Bog bean is often the first flowering plant on the pond producing white, star shaped flowers tipped with pink.

Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen'

Globeflower 'Golden Queen'
Summary A moisture loving perennial with bowl shaped, bright orange-yellow, early summer flowers and deeply divided mid green leaves. These buttercup-like flowers are perfect for the middle of a moist border or for planting on the margins of a pond.