With green and white striped foliage easily growing 3-4 feet tall, Candy Stripe Reed has an aggressive root system that should be contained in a 1-gallon pot or larger. It grows well in sun and shade, and any water depth from 0-12 inches.
Corkscrew Rush has semi-rigid green stems that twist and contort in corkscrew like shapes. It achieves at least 12 inches in height, and will spread aggressively in both sun and shade. Corkscrew Rush requires water depths of 6-12 inches.
Blue Medusa Corkscrew Rush is similar in size and growing conditions to Corkscrew Rush (12+ inch height, 6-18 inch water depth) but showcases a deep blue-green color, like a Blue Python snake, hence the nickname Medusa.
Coarse grass-like foliage stands at least 2 feet tall from the base of the Flowering Rush plant. In the full sun of Summer, a 3-foot flower spike will protrude and open like an umbrella revealing several small soft pink flowers. For optimal growth, plant in a 1-gallon pot or larger, in 0-8 inches of water.
If you're looking to add height to your pond plant population, look no further than Giant Bulrush. At 4-6 feet tall, these thick blue-green stalks will bring your pond to new heights... literally! Plant Giant Bulrush in an oversized, 1-gallon pot or larger to keep it upright, and watch for small tan blooms on the end of each branch. Appropriate water depth can vary and increase substantially as the plant gets larger, but a 0-12 inch depth is usually fine.
Golden Reed's attractive green striped, golden foliage grows to a height of 3-4 feet. With a very aggressive root system, it's best planted in a 1-gallon pot or larger, in full sun or part-shade, in 0-12 inch water depths.
Horsetail Rush is bamboo-like in appearance--tall green stems with black rings in sections, growing to a height of about 3 feet. Plant Horsetail in moist soil with full sun or part-shade for best growth, or in bogs up to 3 inches deep.
Pickeral Rush is a versatile bog plant, capable of growing well in water depths of anywhere between 2 and 12 inches. Its glossy green, heart-shaped lanceolate leaves are accompanied by several tall blue flower spikes all Summer long. Dense clumps of Pickeral Rush will grow anywhere from 18-30 inches high, and prefer 1-gallon pots or larger. It is somewhat slow to emerge in the Spring after weathering the Winter, but is highly prolific during the hot Summer months.
White Rush displays white needlie-like foliage with thin green longitudinal stripes growing 3-4 feet tall. It's a great offset to the greens, browns, and other darker colors often attributed to pond plants. White Rush is named after its unusual lack of Chlorophyll, however despite this fact, the plant exhibits very strong growth in water depths of 0-6 inches.
A similar plant to White Rush, Zebra Rush grows to about 3-4 feet tall with green needle-like foliage adorned in white horizontal banding. New growth will show the banding pattern more predominantly. Plant Zebra Rush in 0-6 inches of water depth, sun or shade.