go crazy under bird baths or
at the moisture
next to a pond. Mix in some Heleocharis,
and other native wetland species near the overflow to
create a lush and active garden spot for the native birds and insects.
Don’t get excited, the ‘bees’ are almost always natives and the natives
Heleocharis- Spike Rush is a green spike lawn in summer, disappears
Horse Tail is similar but has a funny knob on top.
Carex- Grey or green with brown catkins on top. People think sedges
very different looking grasses. Often the request for 'native
grasses' is meet with native sedges.
Juncus- Rushes usually have round leaves and a very spike-like habit.
Why do most of the monocots that live next to a pond have a spiky
nature? (The wonders of biology.)
Satureja mimuloides is a red flowered mint that hummers like. S.
Douglasii is a groundcover that mats into a light green mass of small
leaves. Both smell like a good toothpaste and are edible.
Stachys- hedgenettles are used by hummingbirds and butterflies
Plants make mini-thicket in the wet margins of a pond.
Mimulus- true Mimulus species are native perennials that love
The monkey flowers were split many years ago into dryland woody
(Diplacus) and wetland non-woody species (Mimulus). The newer keys
recombine them, but for horticultural reasons alone it is useful to
leave them separate. Mimulus
cardinalis is red, M.
Lewisii is pink,
Some forms of Oenothera
love water. Oenothera hookerii is a brown
thumbers delight. They really have to work to kill it. O.
grows in dry woodland but responds well to regular watering, or the
overflow of a garden pond.
Silene is commonly associated with seeps and north slope wet spots,
fascicularis grow in sunny seasonal wet spots. These plants
regular water in a garden.