Arizona pond plants

Arizona pond plants DEFAULT

The nursery at Sonoran Water Gardens produces thousands of waterlilies and ornamental aquatic plants every year. We are currently growing over 120 different varieties of waterlilies. This huge collection includes many antique cultivars that have been cherished in water gardens for well over a century to more contemporary introductions including varieties developed by hybridizer Scott Butler-Sofran, of which Sonoran Water Gardens is the exclusive distributor.

Sonoran Water Gardens supplies aquatic plants, fish, scavengers and pond supplies to water gardeners and backyard pond owners across America and around the world.  Many retail nurseries, garden centers and pet stores also depend on us to provide them with the highest quality aquatic plants, fish and scavengers for their own customers.

We take water gardening very seriously at Sonoran Water Gardens which is why our plants are backed with the best guarantee in the industry!  This means you can always expect the highest quality aquatic plants and pond products whenever you place an order with us.  And we can prove that highest quality doesn’t always mean the highest price; we think you’ll find our prices are quite reasonable!

WALK-IN CUSTOMERS:  Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are dedicated to pulling and shipping orders. Therefore we recommend that you visit us on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays when you will have the best opportunity to explore our demonstration ponds, plants and fish and we will have more time to spend with you and help you get the most out of your visit!

WHOLESALE PRICING:  Sonoran Water Gardens offers wholesale pricing to the trade (nurseries, garden centers, florists, landscapers & pet stores.)  Your customers will always get the highest quality plants and fish available anywhere! Contact us today to set up an account and we’ll send our 2019 Wholesale Catalog and ordering information via email.


Pond Plants Available At SummerWinds

Select Pond varieties Now Available at SummerWinds Nursery 

Looking to spruce up your backyard space with a relaxing water retreat? A backyard pond with running water, floating plants and swimming fish can make an attractive addition to your home. With a little extra care at the planning and planting stages, you can create a pond that's easy to care for and easy to maintain.

Planting your pond plants is not as complicated as you might think and can be done in a weekend without much hassle. With a little help from the SummerWinds Nursery staff, and our extraordinary selection of pond plants, you can have your pond blooming in no time.

Here are a few popular pond plants that are easy to care for, easily maintained and make a lovely addition to your tranquil space:

Water Lilies

Water Lilies

This beautiful pond plant rises from the deep and blossoms into a picturesque flower. Water lilies, while appearing delicate, are as hardy as they are beautiful. Water lilies are easy to plant and are a good choice for the beginner. Once planted, water lilies require little to no care to maintain.

Water lilies, like most pond plants, help keep the water in your pond clean and aerated reducing the time need to maintain your pond. If you looking for a pond plant that is beautiful, easy to grow and practical, Water lilies are the perfect choice for finishing your garden pond.

Yerba Mansa

Yerba Mansa

Yerba Mansa translates into English as tranquil herb. Yerba Mansa grows natively in wetlands in New Mexico, Arizona, and California. It has thick bluish-tinged leaves that become spotted with red and black in the fall, and die back in the winter. It flowers in spring to midsummer, and the dry, prickly reddish-brown seedpods linger for several months. The most attractive feature of this plant is its fragrance. It boasts a spicy aroma that hangs in the air and is released when the leaves are crushed. The smell has been likened to a combination of wild ginger and eucalyptus.

Yerba Mansa is cultivated and used in many holistic treatments to cure a wide range of illnesses from tuberculosis, to stomach and intestinal problems.

Umbrella Grass

Umbrella Grass

The Umbrella Grass name comes from the leaflets that grow on top of the tall stems which look like the spokes of an umbrella, giving an overall attractive and novel appearance. Umbrella Grass copes well with a wide range of light and temperature levels and grows quickly. It is very adaptable and accommodating, growing equally well in full sun or medium shade.

Umbrella Grass can even be grown easily indoors. It has become a popular and stylish choice for those looking to add decorative foliage that is easy to care for indoors.



Pass by any lake, pond, river or marsh that has been left to Mother Nature’s attention and you are likely to see Cattails. These perennials are sturdy plants that can grow to almost 10 feet tall. They have heavy roots, long, flat leaves and cylindrical brown flower spikes. Cattails require a constant source of water to grow and thrive. If you want to attract a wide variety of wildlife into your landscape, consider cattails for your pond. Cattails provide safe shelter for fish throughout the year and for mammal and birds during the winter cold.

All parts of the Cattail plant are edible and have long been used by the Native Americans as a food source and for traditional indigenous crafts.



Canna, known as Variegated Water Canna, is a tropical bog plant that requires a moist environment to thrive. Canna comes in a variety of colors including: white, pink, peach, orange, red, yellow, and multicolors. Cannas are best grown in rich, fertile soil in full sun. Depending on the variety, Canna can grow from 1.5 to 6 feet tall and 1.5 to 3 feet wide. Canna blooms brilliantly and often in the spring and summer months. The large, dramatic, tropical foliage makes it an exceptionally beautiful plant. It is a truly stunning addition to any pond feature.

Canna has an amazing commercial value. The Canna plant and bi-products made from the plant may be used as a food source and additive to products consumed by humans and livestock.

All of these pond plants are available at SummerWinds Nursery in Mesa. Stop in today to see our selection. Our trusted and professional Garden Advisors are there to help you in creating your pond retreat. With their assistance and SummerWinds Nursery plant guarantee you are sure to succeed. Visit to learn more and find a location nearest you.

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Aquatic Plants

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Aquatic Plants

There are different types of water plants that are essential to maintaining a balanced pond or water garden. Below are some favorites, available at your local SummerWinds! 

Marginal Plants

Margin plants, also known as emergent plants, are aquatic plants that grow around the edges of your water garden. Their roots are below the waterline and their foliage grows above.  These include the following plants:

Yerba Mansa

Yerba Mansa

(Anemopsis californiaca)- This flowering perennial is also known as Lizard Tail. Numerous small white flower bloom in spring. This upright, spreading plant has a pleasant fragrance is fast growing. As the blooms mature they develop red stains and ultimately turn bright red in the fall. Prefers part shade to sun. Plant goes dormant in late summer and re-grows from its roots in late winter. Bronze Water Canna Australia

Bronze Water Canna

(Canna Australia)- This tender perennial boasts bright red-orange flowers and blooms repeatedly late spring thru mid-fall. Has evergreen, herbaceous burgundy-bronzish foliage. Prefers full sun and grows 6 to 8 ft. tall. Giant Dwarf Papyrus

Giant Dwarf Papyrus

(Cyperus percamenthus)- Also known as Oxymoron Papyrus. This easy to care for, spredding, green, grass-like perennial can grow to 2.5 feet tall. Prefers full sun to part shade. Recommend wintering indoors. Horsetail


(Equisetum varieties)- These perennial living fossils are spredding herbs with rhizomes. They are hollow and have jointed stems with leaf nodes. Their small, whorled leaves fuse into sheaths and terminal spore cones. There are numerous varieties available. Burgundy Aquarius Hibiscus

Burgundy Aquarius Hibiscus

(Hibiscus acetosella 'Burgundy Aquarius')- This herbaceous perennial boasts showy deep-red flowers with glossy burgundy foliage. Blooms mid-summer to early fall. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Quickly grows up to 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Prefers full sun to partial shade. Louisiana Iris Mix

Louisiana Iris Mix

(Iris ser. Hexagonae)- Also known as the Dixie iris, this spredding rhizomatous perennial has boasts small groups of spring-blooming flowers, usually in various shades of blue—purple. Has yellow-green to bright green sword-shaped leaves. Grows approximately 1-3 feet tall. Available in numerous varieties, most of which prefer full sun. Pitcher Plant

Pitcher Plant

(Sarracenia varieties)- Loved for their large, showy and colorful flowedrs and foliage. These carnivorous plants use insects that get caught in their funnel-shaped traps as a source of nutrients. Available in numerous varieties.

And many more varieties...


Submerged water plants act as oxygenators in your pond. These fully-immersed plants have a number of beneficial functions, including: filtering the pond water, keeping algae growth in balance, providing oxygen to the water, providing shelter to fish, and filtering out pollutants. Oxygenator plants include:

Brazilian Pennywort

Brazilian Pennywort

(Hydrocotyle nova zealandiae)- This mid-summer blooming plant enjoys full sun, to light shade. Parrot's Feather

Parrot's Feather

(Myriophyllum proprium)- Boasts a profusion of delicate, feathery, bright blue-green whorled leaves. Stems can be up to 5 feet long. Blooms July to August. Enjoys full sun to part shade.

Water Lilies

At SummerWinds, we have offer both Tropical and Hardy Water Lilies.

The main difference between Tropical and Hardy Water Lilies is their response to cold. As their names suggest, Tropical Water Lilies prefer warmer temperatures and Hardy Lilies do well in cold and can withstand freeze if left in the pond. Tropical Lilies come in both day-blooming and night-blooming varieties and are generally larger and have more blooms. Hardy Lilies only bloom during the day and have round, thick, waxy leaves that are typically solid green or sligthly mottled. Tropical Lilies grow from round tubers and Hardy Lilies stem from horizontal rhizomes or tubers.

The following water lilies are available at your local SummerWinds:

  • Tropical Water Lilies - Available in Blue, Pink and Purple
  • Hardy Water Lilies - Available in Peach, White and Yellow

To learn more about creating your own water feature and the plants you need to success, speak with one of our Trusted Garden Advisors.

A collage of 6 different colorful water lilies - yellow, peach, purple, blue, pink and white

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What kind of plants can I have in my Phoenix pond or water feature?
Yerba mansaAnemopsis californica
Lush, fragrant, deep green leaves and unique white flowers in spring. Dormant during cold months, leaves turn shades of red. Thrives in damp soils and is salt tolerant.

Yellow ColumbineAquilegia chrysantha
Attractive perennial herb. Blooms Spring and Summer. Likes shade and can be found at many plant nurseries.

Cardinal flowerLobelia cardinalis
Bright red flowers cluster on 3 to 5 ft stocks in mid Summer. Grows well in shady damp places. Cardinal flower is a favorite hummingbird plant.

Also Try:
HorsetailEquisetum laevigatum
Floating Marsh PennywortHydrocotyle ranunculoides
Common Monkey FlowerMimulus guttatus

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