Guide from DEC offers ideas for plants for your water feature

The native groundnut is a shallow-water plant you can use in your water feature. Photo courtesy Adam Peterson.

Whether you already have a backyard pond or are just now starting to think about building a water garden, check out the Guide to Water Gardening in New York State from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

This guide includes visuals of some amazing recommended species and tips on avoiding harmful aquatic species.

Here are some tips:

  • Place your garden upland and away from waterbodies to prevent storms or flooding from washing away any plants or animals.
  • Before planting, always rinse off any dirt or debris—including potential eggs, animals, or unwanted plant parts and seeds—preferably in a sunny location away from water.
  • Choose native and non-invasive plants to create your aquatic garden.

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