Frog plants for your garden are the ultimate must-haves during the summertime. Most gardeners don’t particularly like frogs as an animal. However, if the garden is well-designed, this animal is a true garden worker. This post will list the top 12 plants frogs love to learn how to make your garden frog-friendly.

12 Frog Plants For Your Garden

List of Frog Plants to Place In your Garden

Here are the names and descriptions of the frog plants that you can place in your garden:

1. Rigid Hornwort

When planting plants that frogs like, focus on enriching the pond vegetation. Rigid Hornworts are an excellent example of aquatic plants. They contribute heavily to oxygenating a pond. Its leaves stay afloat in the water, and it proliferates even with little access to light.

Rigid Hornwort Ceratophyllum demersum Frog and Fish Plant

The best part about this feathery-leaved frog plant is it’s even easier to propagate. Hornwort does not need any watering. This is because it grows completely immersed or floating in the water.

The plant will be able to take in all the nutrients and water that it requires on its own. You must remember that you can also use this plant in your aquariums because of their beneficial properties. The only thing to keep in check is keeping the aquarium’s water clean. Make sure it is adequately circulated as well.

You must remember to perform regular water changes and clearing away any clear debris would be beneficial to get the ideal results. In addition, the water should move in some way to promote circulation.

2. White Water Lily

A pond would benefit significantly from floating plants like white water lilies. Frogs will undoubtedly be drawn to them, on the other hand, insects typically enjoy using this space to lay eggs. This lead means frogs in backyard ponds will be the first to get near to eat the larvae.

White Water Lily Water Flower Frogs Resting Plant

The white water lily is a remarkable floating plant you want to include in your yard because they are very aesthetically pleasing. It is an aquatic perennial that will enhance the look of any backyard pond and be suitable for frogs. However, remember that if you don’t have enough room for this plant, it will not develop to its greatest potential.

Frogs will climb up on floating water lily leaves if they are the closest accessible perch in a pond. Water lily leaves can slightly sink beneath a heavy frog. However, this allows it to remain perched on the submerged leaf and maintain its skin’s moisture in the water.

In addition, the upturned margins of water lilies enable them to float even when lightly burdened. White water lilies are the best plant to attract any toad or frog in gardens. 

3. Ferns

Ferns are the only plant that genuinely embodies the lush, verdant, and rainforest environment. It makes frogs think of the monsoon, soggy ground, and chirping birds.

Ferns By The Water Plants That Frogs Like

These adaptive plants will flourish indoors as well if the humidity is right. They are the best natural humidifiers and excellent oxygen saturators. Because of their attraction, every gardener has had or has owned at least one fern at some point in their lives.

Ferns clean the air by preserving genetic material from a time when the soil’s atmosphere was less hospitable than it is now. Despite having a poor rep for being picky, ferns’ evolutionary history suggests that they are super resilient. If you provide this plant with ideal growing conditions, it will flourish and it will attract different animals and amphibiants.

If given ample light, ferns can grow without issue and more quickly than any other tropical plant. However, these ferns can fully regenerate from the crown, as one of our favorite plants because of their quick regeneration and air-purifying abilities. Ferns have been around since the Stone Age, and that is how old they are, and this notion is surprising how they still serve a purpose today.

4. Wildflower

In addition to being beautiful, wildflowers are an excellent addition to any space. Whether it be a yard, balcony, windowsill, or containers, they are also beneficial for wildlife. Some of the most straightforward and enjoyable plants to nurture are wildflowers.

Wildflower Garden Flowers Landscape Full Bloom in Color

Once established, they take little work and water and consistently provide stunning colors. They also support local wildlife and pollinators, such as frogs, butterflies, bees, and more, by supplying food and habitat.

Do you intend to grow wildflowers this year? If you want a lush garden that can easily draw in frogs, growing this flower is your best bet! The wildflowers that begin to emerge in damp spaces are what attracts frogs to your house

5. Roped Pontederia

Roped Pontederia, also known as Pickerel Weed, is a non-native invasive large aquatic plant. It is known for its broad, heart-shaped leaves that bloom beautiful blue flowers.

Roped Pontederia Flower Spike Violet Flower Found in Water Environment

Pickerelweed grows in water that is only a foot deep or shallower. In the spring, shiny green lance-shaped leaves emerge from the water’s surface and gradually rise from three to five feet above it.

Purple-blue, Several weeks following the onset of leaves, from three to four-inch long flower spikes can be noticed. Many tubular purple flowers are present on each flower spike. Although the blossoms on an individual plant only last a day, you can enjoy this perennial blooming from spring through October.

Pickerelweed provides a crucial ecological function also to be aesthetically pleasing. Like many aquatic plants, the submerged section serves as a habitat for small and large invertebrates, including frogs, fish, amphibians, and even ducks.

By storing the plants in containers without drainage holes, you can prevent your plant from growing out of control. Note that this tip is especially useful for invasive plants like the pickerel weed.

6. Spiked Water Milfoil

Spiked water milfoil is an aquatic plant that inhabits lakes, ponds, flooded gravel pits, slow-moving streams, and ditches. You must know that the tiny, crimson blooms bloom on spikes in the months of June and July, as it has lovely, feathery leaves that are held just below the water’s surface. Water animals can find cover there, and emerging stems serve as nesting sites for frogs.

Spiked Water Milfoil Milfoil Myriophyllum Spicatum Underwater Plant

Spiked water milfoil is an excellent plant for your garden because it is well known to provide shelter for aquatic animals like frogs. Also, it can survive submerged in a backyard pond where feathery leaves are visible on the water’s surface.

In the summer, the spiked water milfoil plant develops a few tiny flowers. Remember, this plant is considered an invasive species in some parts of North America due to its rapid propagation rate.

7. Horsetail

Horsetail is simple to grow and gets tall enough to attract frogs. Horsetail herbs can also be used, which makes it worthwhile to give them further thought.

Horsetail Frog Plant Equisetum telmateia Family of Weeds

Horsetail can be grown in low-maintenance conditions with little effort. Horsetail plants are related to ferns as they come from similar families. It is not a picky plant because it favors moist conditions. This plant will grow well in your garden if the weather isn’t too dry.

Much like all the other plants in this post, these greens make for an excellent environment to attract frogs. Know that if you are trying to lure in this helpful amphibian, then planting horsetails in your garden is ideal. This plant will help draw in frogs and keep annoying flies, mosquitoes, slugs, and cockroaches away from your beautiful home.

8. Hosta

Hostas are hardy perennials that rarely ever need special care and are ideal for gardens that don’t receive a lot of sunlight. Hostas are dependable, simple to grow, and long-lasting. They might even outlive the gardener!

Hosta Plant That Frogs Like Garden Landscaping for Flowers and Animals

The variety of sizes, heights, textures, and colors available with hostas is neat. They work super well in a wide variety of environments (patio, border, container, rock, shade) and are great for cooler climates.

Hosta is a favorite among many gardeners because it is simple to grow in various settings. Many species and hybrid varieties are available to pick from to add a splash of color to the yard.

Overall, frogs are drawn to hostas because of the plants’ thick, dense foliage, which makes for a great cover for them. We suggest using this plant in various settings that need rich foliage with eye-catching patterns and hues.

9. Marsh Iris

Marsh iris or Yellow flag iris is native to Northwest Africa, Western Asia, and Europe. Iris foetidissima is the only other iris with this native range (stinking iris).

Marsh Iris Beautiful and Green Plant For Outdoor and Indoor Aquariums

Furthermore, any water feature’s edge or margin can be planted with a yellow flag iris. Its stems are exceptionally durable in the event of flooding since they can withstand being submerged in up to a foot of water.

As emergent shoots, they can be grown to naturalize wildlife ponds completely. The continual moisture need of this species makes it an ideal, low-maintenance addition for rain gardens. Introducing marsh iris’ in your home is the perfect way to draw frogs in background pond!

10. Mare’s Tail

Hippuric Vulgaris produces masses of soft bottle brush shoots. This dual-purpose plant is an excellent deep-water oxygenating plant that can be grown as an attractive marginal. It can be invasive in large natural ponds and lakes.

Mares Tail a Frog Loving Plant for Your Garden Pond

Mare’s tail is a plant with a single, unbranching stem that can reach a length of 23.5 inches. It is typically found in non-acidic shallow water habitats, including ponds, ditches, and mudflats. It is the perfect contender for a pond edge plant because of how it looks and how it grows, providing a haven for young fish.

Note that the optimal conditions for this plant’s growth are total sun exposure and partial submersion. Although it can tolerate most different soil types, it likes neutral to alkaline environments. This is because it typically grows along the lake or river shorelines in the wild, but it is best cultivated around pond borders.

Remember that a mare’s tail can develop roots that penetrate deeply into the anoxic soil layers. This indicates that it can anchor the soil around your pond’s edge. If ignored, it might potentially quickly take over your pond’s bottom, which would be damaging to the aquatic life beneath it. 

11. Water Forget-Me-Not

This delicate perennial is an excellent option for water gardens because it requires little care and tree frogs enjoy it. Water forget-me-not is chosen mainly for its looks, whereas other pond-friendly plants are typically employed for their utility. The plant has tiny sky-blue flowers and glossy leaves. It can thrive in shallow water and is highly pest-resistant.

Water Forget Me Not Colorful and Violet Flowers in Group

Water forget-me-not is a fantastic choice for enhancing the borders of water features with texture and color. As its basal sections can withstand being buried in up to four inches of water, it can even be grown right along a pond’s edge. In addition, due to its preference for damp, meadow-like environments, it is ideal for water or rain gardens. 

Additionally, bacteria and fungi break down plant matter as aquatic plants rot and disintegrate. This resulting detritus serves as food for many marine creatures. Also, the seeds are a good treat for ducks, and the blossoms are known to draw butterflies, making this plant successful in water gardens.

Pickerel weed is bought in containers and has to be planted in areas with direct sunlight and roughly a foot of water. 

12. Water Violet

The Water Violet is a species of Water Primrose, not a true Violet. They are categorized as submerged aquatic plants because only the flower spike protrudes above the water’s surface. At the same time, you must note that the stem and leaves have to be completely submerged or merely floating.

Water Violet Plant that Grows in The Rivers and Ponds

The underwater leaves are made of several rosettes of delicate, feathery fronds. Although they can be much shorter, the flower spikes of water violet can grow up to 30 inches in height. The flowers, which are white or pale pink with a yellow center, resemble a primrose, and bloom in late spring, from May to June, hence your pond will look very pretty as these flowers open up in late spring.

Additionally, you must note that water violet produces bushy leaves that fish and their young ones can use as cover and refuge. Overall, fish would lay their eggs close to it since it makes a beautiful habitat feature, however, some fish can also find shelter under this plant’s leaves which is good for them either way.

This plant is a fantastic plant for beginners, and the reason why is that they are simple to grow, resilient once established, and not too difficult to care for. Due to its extreme hardiness, overgrowth is one thing to watch out for. 

If you are not careful, water violets may take over your pond or aquarium as they would grow and propagate on their own and even suffocate some of your other favorite plants. This means that, even though it is good for most things, however, it might be harmful to the aquatic life that is below.


Frogs can provide a lot of benefits to a gardener. They can hunt pests that get on your nerves. And while some gardeners loathe this amphibian’s presence, it may be a significant asset to maintaining the health of your yard. 

As they would add aesthetic as well as shelter to animals in different ways, the question now goes, which of these toad safe plants would you like to grow in your garden?

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