Juncus Species and Cultivars for Ponds
Planting up a pond or water garden is not always about flowers. The colour of foliage and plants that produce interesting seed heads can be just as visual and create a natural looking balance, when planted amongst and in-between flowering plants. Not surprising, that ornamental grass areas are so popular throughout the garden trade. There are around 300 species of Juncus, commonly known as Rushes that originate from all over the world. They are plants of wet habitats and many are so small and insignificant, they just look like small weeds. However, some species are grown commercially and look great when planted in different water garden environments. All produce interesting seed heads (flowers), and are valuable for attracting wildlife. Juncus are tough plants and will survive the harshest UK winters and tolerate short periods of drought and flooding and I have listed some below –
Common name Jointed Rush – A clump forming British wild native marginal rush with very attractive dark brown/black seed heads. Suitable for ponds, streams, lakes and bog-gardens. Height 40-60 cm. Flowering time June-September. Water depth 0-2 cm over the soil/crown.
Common name Sword Leaved Rush – A clump forming British wild marginal plant with narrow blueish/green ornamental looking rush-like leaves and small round pea sized dark/black seed heads. Suitable for the edge of streams, lakes and shallow muddy pond margins. Height 20-30 cm. Water depth 0-2 cm over the soil/crown.
A small British Juncus with attractive compact seed heads. Suitable for the edge of ponds, lakes, streams and bog-gardens. Height 30 cm. Flowering time June-August. Water depth 0-2 cm over the crown.
Common name Common Rush or Soft Rush, A clump forming British wild native evergreen marginal plant with narrow green ornamental looking rush-like leaves. There is also a ornamental cultivar of this species called Juncus Effusus Gold Strike which has vertical banded yellow and green leaves, Suitable for ponds, streams and lakes. Height 60 cm. Flowering time June-August. Water depth 0-2 cm over the soil/crown.
Common name Hard Rush or Blue Rush, A clump forming British wild native evergreen marginal plant with narrow bluish/green ornamental looking rush-like leaves. Suitable for ponds, streams and lakes. Height 60 cm. Flowering time June-August. Water depth 0-2 cm over the soil/crown.
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