In selecting stock, the beginner must not become baffled by terms.
There is much confusion of common names and seed catalogues are so
frequently inexact in their listings, that the public has difficulty identifying
plants correctly by their scientific classification.
Popular Plants for Pools
Flags, rushes, reeds, and small flowering species usually are planted
in the shallow edges of the pool. Such tall, upright varieties as cattails are
also attractive, while low, creeping vines for trailing over rocks, along the
pool's edges, add contrast; as do ferns or grasses for background and taller
plants for windbreaks.
Among the plants of this order are: flowering rush, lizard-tails
marsh marigold and water poppy. Water hemlock and water hemp, or
careless, are two of the large native plants. The latter grows as high as 20
feet, and as large as a foot in diameter at the base.
The lily, queen of all flowering plants, may be considered broadly to
include the lotus and kindred floating varieties. While lilies come from
nearly every part of the world, it is not necessary to go out of Florida to
obtain varied and attractive specimens. Many members of this family grow
wild in the State. Among these are the yellow lily the fragrant white pond
lily, a violet-tinted which grows erect, and the American lotus with its
immense yellow blossoms.