Best Plants around Pond

I love nature and the nature sounds, but who doesn’t, right? The humming bees, the singing birds, the chirping crickets at night and the water splashing and splattering from a nearby pond.

We have two ponds in our one acre yard.  The larger one is located just down by the window in our upper floor master bedroom.  In the warmer months, my husband prefers to slightly open our window in the evening before we go to bed. I love the view of it, looking down from our bedroom window.  I enjoy watching the water from the fountain and listening to the splashing and splattering sounds of the water spraying up to the air, especially in the evening when the pond is illuminated by the color changing LED flood lighting.  Aside from the relaxing and soothing sounds that these two ponds produce, they are part of our lovely garden landscape along with the gorgeous plants surrounding them. These plants provide a display of colors year round to these ponds and enhance the overall aesthetic appearance of  our backyard landscape.

But how do you pick the best plants around pond? Consider mixing plants to provide colors, textures and interests all year round. The following are the plants that can be found in our yard and are my best plants around pond.

Zebra Grass

Native to the lowlands and low mountain areas of China, Japan and Korea, the Zebra grass is a perennial grass. This ornamental grass displays a gorgeous foliage of yellowy patches that shine in the sunlight. Its blooming time lasts till late summer.

Height: It grows to 4 to 7 feet.

Soil Requirement: It thrives in well drained soil but will tolerate most type, just don’t plant in an environment that it will sit in the water during the winter months.

Light Requirements: It thrives in partial shade to full sun.

Pruning: Keep the stalks for the winter effect and trim it down to about a foot in the spring time.

Deer Resistant? Yes

Red Baron Japanese Blood Grass

Red Baron Japanese Blood Grass is a perennial grass. It is a grass with red tips. The red color deepens and spreads throughout the green leaf as the season progresses. It multiplies by underground rhizomes. A rhizome is a stem structure that grows a horizontal root below the ground where the new growth comes from and shoots up.

Height: It grows to 1 – 1 ½ feet.

Soil Requirements: Moist and well-drained soil. Once established, it will tolerate drought and requires very little care.

Light Requirements: It thrives in full sun. It will grow in light shade but the red color will fade.

Pruning: It is semi-evergreen and cutting them should be done in the spring when the new shoots come up.

Deer Resistant? Yes

Elephant Grass

Elephant grass is an ornamental grass. This perennial grass is native to tropical Africa. Its leaves have pointed tips and razor edges and hairy at the base. They resemble that of the sugar cane’s, but a lot narrower.

Height: Its stems can grow up to 10 ft. The leaves can grow from 2-3 ft in length and 1 inch in width.

Soil Requirements: Moist and fertile soil. It is tolerant of drought but keep it away from area where it will sit in the water in winter.

Light Requirements: It can grow in partial shade or full sun

Pruning: Once they turn brown in the fall, you can start to cut them back.

Deer Resistant: Yes

Day lilies

Native to Asia, day lilies provide beautiful colors and blooms in your garden. They are drought tolerant perennials and are low maintenance. Their leaves provide textures when not in bloom and are perfect for pairing with ornamental grasses. Cut the stalks close to the base in the fall after they finish flowering in the summer.

Soil Requirements: Thrives in well drained soil. Ensure that you pick the planting area where there is no water logged.

Light Requirements: Full sun

Deer Resistant? No. Deer loves to eat the flowers.  Although Bambi and her friends love to frequent my yard unannounced :), I haven’t seen them feasting on my day lillies, however, they seem to love my hostas :(.   


Astilbe is a perennial plant which produces plume like flowers and has fern like looking leaves. It thrives in the shade of deciduous trees and perfect to plant beside a shady pond or stream. Depending on the variety, the height can range from 6 inches to 5 feet.

Soil Requirements: Well drained soil.

Light Requirements: Thrives in partial shade.

Deer Resistant? Yes


Native to Mediterranean, this woody perennial plant loves sun and dry soil. It grows up to 2 to 3 ft in height. It comes in many varieties which provide a selection of colors, bloom times and flower shapes. Once established, it requires little care. As it matures, its stems get woody. Prune it to half its size in the spring to promote new growth and to encourage flowering.

Soil Requirements: It thrives in well drained soil.

Light Requirements: It is sun loving.

Deer Resistant? Yes

Dwarf Conifers

Dwarf conifers are ideal for around your pond. They will provide ground cover, texture and color all year round to your pond. They come in various shades of green and some even change their colors in the cold months. The conifer around our pond changes to a yellow shade during the cold season.


Creeping Jenny

Creeping Jenny is commonly used as a perennial ground cover. It provides beautiful foliage and produces small yellow flowers from early summer and continue to flower sporadically through the fall. It thrives both in shaded and sunny areas. It is a good addition to your plants around your pond as it will add a strikingly bright contrast against the gray stones around your pond.  I just added it to my pond last spring.  I placed in a planter and let it drape down to soften the rock edge.

Do you have a pond in your backyard?  What are your best plants around pond?  Share it with us.  We love to hear from you 🙂  

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