Wetland Plants

Wetland Plants

Tn Nurseries Best Selling Wetland Plants

1. Bamboo

2. Lizards Tail

3. Coontail

4. Bulrush

5. Red Cardinal

Wetland plants are sometimes underused and can prove beneficial in landscapes. When everyday people think about what to include in their landscape, flowering perennial flowers, shrubs, and early-blooming accent trees often come to mind. When someone mentions “wetland plants,” images of marshland often appear in your mind. Water plants sometimes go underused because of associations not rooted in facts. The wide range of lovely aquatic plants surprises more than a few people.

Why are these Plants Important?

This class of plant life typically inhabits areas prone to seasonal flooding or year-round standing water. Although commonly seen in and around ponds, lakes, and marshes, aquatic plants can also thrive in simply moist soils that do not necessarily filter water easily. For instance, hard clay and bedrock below the topsoil can accommodate these plants if surface water persists during dry seasons. Plants, shrubs, and trees associated with this class often deliver the following environmental benefits.

  • Critical Habitats: Aquatic plants help support a diverse ecosystem that allows fish and wildlife to flourish. Wetland plants also create root systems in essential areas that contribute to water purification. They typically help remove health hazards such as metals before reaching underground aquifers. Wildlife, fish, and humans can leverage water plants as a food source.
  • Land Stabilization: This class of plant life creates a fabric of roots that help secure shorelines. Their presence also mitigates the damage done by flooding. Property owners whose land abuts rivers and streams can use wetland plants to minimize erosion.s

They also serve as an environmental early warning system when employed in a landscape. Tainted water can negatively impact these water plants. If leaves and stalks of these plants, shrubs, and trees sour, that may indicate compromised surface water

Wetland Plants Provide Landscaping Solutions

The native wetland shrubs, trees, and plants at our TN nursery thrive in marshy areas, along riverbeds, and with standing water in this region. This means they can improve the aesthetic value of spaces that property owners sometimes write off as too wet for flowering plant life. These rank among the attractive wetland options our TN plant nursery stocks.

Sometimes Underused, these Plants Can Prove Beneficial in Landscapes  

Landowners who begin to rethink aquatic plants, trees, and shrubs, as a vital landscaping asset generally find they solve environmental issues and improve property values. Improved water drainage through the soil and the ability to prevent flooding from ravaging tracts of land acts as an insurance policy. Integrating carpet moss in strategic areas can also galvanize the ground against flowing water damage. Not to mention, the attractive foliage and beautiful flowers make them a quality of life investment.

Wetland plants are available at Our TN Nursery

The experienced professionals at our TN plant nursery remain committed to providing fact-based information about plant, shrub, and tree usages in our communities. By identifying this class of sometimes underused plant life, we hope our community members can make informed decisions that enhance your property’s appearance and value. We urge you to review these plants on our website. Please contact our TN nursery today if you require more information or have any questions.


Wetland Plants 

Wetland plants can be a fine addition to a well-rounded garden. A yard that includes a small pond or as part of a larger pond within its property should be cultivated and designed just as carefully as any landlocked garden. Happily, many hardy wetland plants can add visual interest to any garden pond. Below are three popular plants that will flourish in wet conditions.


 Cattails are an example of a classic wetland plant that is easy to care for. Cattails, or Typha latifolia, flourish in full sun and silty, nutritious soil and are recommended in USDA zones 3-10. These plants generally reach a height of anywhere between 3-10 feet. Shorter varieties include the Graceful cattail and the miniature cattail. Distinguished by long, bright green leaves and a soft brown flowerhead, this versatile plant can be used to weave mats and baskets and eaten in specific native American recipes. While if neglected, they can quickly spread and take over a pond, planting them in submerged clay pots is one easy method to control overgrowth. If well tended, they add visual interest and attract desirable wildlife, such as fish and birds. 


 Another attractive wetland plant is the Pickerelweed or the Pontederia cordata. It is also recommended for zones 3-10 and is found natively throughout the Americas. It is challenging and can flourish without much help. They have heart-shaped leaves and delicate lavender, blue, or white flowers. The flowers of the Pickerelweed, which will be most abundant in late summer, are made up of tiny blooms along a more extended cluster and can attract bees and butterflies. Like cattails, it is edible and is a favorite for deer to munch on. It prefers wet, sunny areas with rich, acidic, or clay soil. The best time to cultivate it is in the late winter or early spring, and one plant can easily be divided into many by ensuring each new piece has some root and leaf structure. 


 The Duck potato, also known as the Broadleaf arrowhead or the Typha latifolia, is another picturesque addition to a wetlands garden. The large, broad leaves, up to two feet long, are somewhat reminiscent of shovels or the arrowheads the plant is named. It is hardy in USDA zones 3-10 and prefers soil with a pH ranging from 5.0 - 6.5. The Duck potato can reach a height of 3-4 feet, just a bit taller than the Pickerelweed, and has delicate three-petaled white flowers with a soft yellow center. Seed clusters follow the flowers, which help to propagate the plant. They bloom in July through early September, and the seeds and tubers can feed waterfowl and beavers.