There are a number of stunning plants that thrive in bog-like conditions, so a water garden is a great way to bring them into your landscape. Water gardens can get pretty large in scope, but if you're looking for an easy project with a small footprint, you can buy an above-ground pond kit that you can assemble yourself. Add a few ground layers for plants with different root lengths, and then stock up with beautiful flowering plants like irises and structurally striking plants like horsetail. And don't forget the water lilies, with their gorgeous lotus flowers. You also can customize your water garden depending on how much maintenance you want to put into it. Don't have much of a green thumb? No problem. You can get plants that you don't have to pay much attention to. On the other hand, if you have all the time in the world to play in the dirt, then you can get a little more adventurous and exotic with your plant choices.