Short Vertical Marginal Plants are plants that grow in shallow water that have emergent stems above the water up to 24" tall. Some short vertical marginal plants have showy flowers while others beauty is in their foliage.
Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia) has the signature arrowhead shaped leaves on a plant that grows to 15" tall. These plants are topped with spikes of white, three petal flowers all summer. Zone 5-10
Dwarf Bamboo (Dulichium arundinaceum) is a plant native to the southeast US. It resembles a grove of bamboo trees but is not invasive. Dwarf Bamboo grows to 18" tall in a very upright habit. Zone 6-11
Red Stem Sagittaria (Sagittaria lancifolia ruminoides) is a taller growing Sagittaria with green lance shaped leaves on rusty-red stems. It produces taller stems of three petal white flowers. Zone 7-11
Sagittaria (Sagittaria lancifolia) is a medium growing plant with bright green stems and leaves topped with typical white three petal flowers. Zone 5-10
Short Blue Pickerel Rush (Pontedaria cordata variety) is a short growing selection of the native Blue Pickerel Rush. This variety grows 18"-20" tall with heart shaped leaves and numerous spikes of blue flowers all summer long. Zone 6-11
Spider Lily (Hymenocallis liriosme) has Amaryllis type foliage topped with fragrant spidery white flowers in clusters of 3-10. Zone 7-11
Variegated Water Celery (Onanthe javanica 'Flamingo') is a plant in the carrot family. Its foliage is pink, green and white and has lacy white flowers in the fall. This plant will spread and can grow outside the water garden so periotic pruning helps to keep it tame. Zone 5-9