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Marginal Pond Plants

What are marginal pond plants

As their name suggests, marginal pond plants grow in the shallow edges of your pond, often in aquatic planting baskets. Not only do marginal plants bring shape to the ponds water edge, they also provide splashes of colour throughout the growing season. 

Benefits of marginal pond plants 

Many species of marginal plants also work to maintain the health and vitality of your pond and its inhabitants. Veronica Becca bunga is one of the best marginal pond plants for shade as it will raft across the water surface, providing protection for fish, reducing sunlight and help to hinder algae growth. Marginal pond plants such as grasses are especially useful for removing excess nutrients from the water while native marginal pond plants such as Mimulus are fast surface spreaders, creating shade as well as contrast with taller plants.

How to plant?

In most cases aquatic pond plants are planted into aquatic baskets lined with a hessian liner topped with gravel to stop the soil escaping. However it is also possible to design integral planting areas in your pond which can look more natural and especially good for wildlife ponds. Check out our step by step planting guides or our design pages for guides on building a integral pond planting area.

Rough Guide to the number of marginal plants recommended to establish a new water garden
Pond Surface Area 2m2  4m2  6m2  8m2 10m2  12m2
Deep Marginal 1 2 2 5 6 8
Marginal Plants 8 14 18 24 30 36

Looking after marginal pond plants

All plant varieties will vary slightly, please follow individual advise for plants, however as a general rule you want to remove any foliage as it dies back in the autumn. This avoids any dead plant matter breaking down in the pond potentiality impacting water quality and affecting fish health. If plants only needs cutting back or reducing we recommend doing this is the spring. This will give the pond the benefit of the plants over winter and offer protection to its inhabitants.

Composting pond plant waste

It is illegal to dump pond plant matter in the wild as it can introduce invasive species damaging our water ways and ecosystem. Any plant waste should be disposed of with care by following the linked compost guide.

Where to buy?

All of our stores stock a large range of pond plants and lilies from early spring to late autumn. Alternatively buy online for home delivery direct from our UK growers.

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  • Ceratophyllum demersum - Hornwort - Bunched Pack of 5

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    Ceratophyllum demersum - Hornwort - Bunched Pack of 5

    5 x Ceratophyllum demersum - Hornwort Oxygenator Pond Plants Dark green with rigid, branching stems densely clothed with foliage Flowers: May to July Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 30 - 150cm Max Height: Grows to the surface of the water Native...

  • Equisetum hyemale

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    Equisetum hyemale - Dutch rush

    Equisetum hyemale - Dutch rush  The Dutch rush is a marginal evergreen aquatic plant that is native to the British isles and a focal point of the garden pond all year round. Its Thick bamboo type stems, with stunning black stripes can grow up to 1...

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  • Caltha palustris

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    Caltha palustris - Marsh Marigold, Kingcup

    Caltha palustris - Marsh Marigold, Kingcup, Early Flowering Pond Plant Once established it produces a mass of bright yellow flowers very early in the spring, almost a ball of yellow After flowering in March and April most foliage will die back. Remove...

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  • Iris pseudacorus

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    Iris pseudacorus - Yellow Flag

    Iris pseudacorus - Yellow Flag The only native aquatic iris, it can be vigorous in boggy soil. It is the original of the famous Royal French emblem, Fleur-de-lys. After foliage has died back in Autumn cut back to just above the water surface. If...

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  • Scirpus cernuus

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    Scirpus cernuus - Fibre optic plant

    Scirpus cernuus  - Fibre optic plant Attractive evergreen has an apt common name. The glassy threadlike leaves have minute white spikes on the tips of each leaf. Trim in early spring Flowers: July - September Growth Rate: Slow Depth: 0- 10cm...

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  • Marginal Plant Collection for Wildlife

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    Marginal Plant Collection for Wildlife

    Marginal Plant Collection for Wildlife   Some marginal plants are particularly good for attracting wildlife, not only helping hide small critters underwater, or allowing insects to emerge when they turn from larval stages to adults, but also...

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  • Marginal Plant Collection for Colour COLORN

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    Marginal Plant Collection for Colour

    Marginal Plant Collection for Colour  Time to spruce up your pond with some cheerful marginal plants? Let our expert nursery staff choose from hundreds of varieties to bring you the very best available at this time of the year. The collection will...

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  • Anagallis tenella - Bog pimpernel

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    Anagallis tenella - Bog pimpernel

    Anagallis tenella - Bog pimpernel   Forms a dense carpet of tiny leaves, mixed with numerous rosy-pink flowers. Ideal in a bog garden or very shallow water. Trim foliage to tidy if required.   Flowers: June - September Growth Rate:...

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  • Hydrocotyle nova zealand

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    Hydrocotyle nova zealand - Miniature pennywort

    Hydrocotyle nova zealand - Miniature pennywort - Oxygenator Plants  Minute round leaves – spreading habit Flowers: April - June Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 0 - 25cm Max Height: 10 - 15cm Native to British Isles: Yes Perfect For...

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  • Iris versicolor - Blue flag - Poison flag

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    Iris versicolor - Blue flag - Poison flag

    Iris versicolor - Blue flag - Poison flag Narrow, erect foliage and branched stems bearing several bluish-purple flower with spotted yellow throat. After foliage has died back in Autumn cut back to just above the water surface. If trimming left until...

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  • Iris louisiana 'Black Gamecock'

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    Iris louisiana 'Black Gamecock'

    Iris louisiana 'Black Gamecock' Stunning, giant, deep purple, near-black blooms adorn this beautiful Iris. As with all louisiana iris it is ideal for the pond as it loves plenty of moisture. After foliage has died back in Autumn cut back to just above...

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  • Stachys palustris

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    Stachys palustris - Marsh woundwort

    Stachys palustris - Marsh woundwort Aquatic Ponds Plants Branched hairy plant with spikes of bright purple flowers Flowers: June - September Growth Rate: Fast Depth: 1 - 15cm Max Height: 60 - 120cm Native to British Isles: Yes Perfect...

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  • Orontium

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    Orontium aquaticum - Golden Club

    Orontium aquaticum - Golden Club This unusual plant has attractive yellow flower spikes on white stems. It has numerous flowers prior to the leaves growing large ensuring they stand out clearly. Do not remove the pot as damaging the roots will...

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  • Carex pendula - Pendulous sedge

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    Carex pendula - Pendulous sedge

    Carex pendula - Pendulous sedge Dark green leathery leaves grow upward then droop to form a weeping mound Flowers: July - Augustl Growth Rate: Fast Depth: 0 - 15 cm Max Height: 40 - 60cm Native to British Isles: Yes Perfect For Pollinators:...

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  • Typha latifolia - Greater reed mace

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    Typha latifolia - Greater reed mace

    Typha latifolia - Greater reed mace Aquatic Ponds Plants Branched hairy plant with spikes of bright purple flowers Flowers: July - September Growth Rate: Invasive Depth: 1 - 40cm Max Height: 200 - 240cm Native to British...

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  • Iris pseudacorus bastardii

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    Iris pseudacorus bastardii

    Iris pseudacorus bastardii Vigorous broad green foliage with lovely pale creamy-yellow flowers which make it an attractive alternative to Iris pseudacorus. After foliage has died back in Autumn cut back to just above the water surface. If trimming left...

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  • Juncus effusus var spiralis

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    Juncus effusus var spiralis - Corkscrew rush

    Juncus effusus var spiralis - Corkscrew rush  This evergreen is a must-have for any small pond. It has an unusual corkscrew twist to the cylindrical foliage. Although evergreen, cutting it back in early spring encourages fresh new growth...

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  • Potentilla palustris - Marsh cinquefoil

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    Potentilla palustris - Marsh cinquefoil

    Potentilla palustris - Marsh cinquefoil Marginal Aquatic Pond Plants Large toothed leaves divided into leaflets with red-purple flowers Flowers: June - September Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 0 - 10cm Max Height: 30 - 50cm Native to British...

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  • Mimulus guttatus - Common monkeyflower

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    Mimulus guttatus - Common monkeyflower

    Mimulus guttatus - Common monkeyflower Marginal Aquatic Pond Plants Bright yellow flowers with small reddish spots Flowers: June - August Growth Rate: Fast  Depth: 0 - 10cm Max Height: 30 - 50cm Native to British...

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  • Mentha puleguim - Pennyroyal Pudding grass

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    Mentha puleguim - Pennyroyal Pudding grass

    Mentha puleguim - Pennyroyal Pudding grass A creeping variety with small leaves and, as member of the Mentha family, it has a minty smell. This plant can be trimmed as required at any time during the growing season. Flowers: July - Oct Growth Rate:...

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  • Iris versicolor

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    Iris versicolor Kermesina

    Iris versicolor Kermesina  Handsome grey-green foliage sets off rich claret-purple flowers highlighted with white veining. After foliage has died back in Autumn cut back to just above the water surface. If trimming left until spring take care not...

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  • Scirpus lacustris

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    Scirpus lacustris - Clubrush

    Scirpus lacustris - Clubrush Aquatic Ponds Plants Dark green rush, clusters of chocolate brown flowers near top of stems Flowers: June - September Growth Rate: Fast Depth: 5 - 40cm Max Height: 100 - 200cm Native to British...

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  • Eupatorium cannabinum

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    Eupatorium cannabinum - Hemp agrimony - Dutch agrimony

    Eupatorium cannabinum - Hemp agrimony  - Dutch agrimony A tall native marginal with bold, domed shaped clusters of tiny, fluffy, dusty pink flower heads in late summer and early autumn. Little maintenance is required. Trim to tidy but leave foliage...

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  • Mazus reptans - Chinese marshflower

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    Mazus reptans - Chinese marshflower

    Mazus reptans - Chinese marshflower  Low creeping marginal with small lilac flowers Flowers: June - Aug Growth Rate: Slow Depth: 0 - 5cm Max Height: 2 - 5cm Native to British Isles: n/a Perfect For Pollinators: n/a Position: Full Sun/...

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  • Mazus reptans Alba

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    Mazus reptans Alba - Chinese marshflower

    Mazus reptans Alba - Chinese marshflower  Low creeping marginal with small white flowers Flowers: June - Aug Growth Rate: Slow Depth: 0 - 5cm Max Height: 2 - 5cm Native to British Isles: n/a Perfect For Pollinators: n/a Position: Full...

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  • Lysichiton camtschatcensis - White Skunk cabbage

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    Lysichiton camtschatcensis - White Skunk cabbage

    Lysichiton camtschatcensis - White Skunk cabbage Marginal Aquatic Pond Plants Bright white arum-shaped flowers followed by very large dark green leaves Flowers: April- May Growth Rate: Slow Depth: 0 - 20cm Max Height: 30 - 60cm Native to...

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  • Caltha palustris polypetala - Giant King Cup

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    Caltha palustris polypetala - Giant King Cup

    Caltha Palustris - Giant King Cup  A larger plant tha Caltha Palustris with striking large yellow flowers that appear in early spring and continue for longer than other Calthas. Mature plants frequently have a few flowers throughtout milder...

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  • Tulbaghia violacea - Society garlic

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    Tulbaghia violacea - Society garlic

    Tulbaghia violacea - Society garlic The fragrant pale purple flowers are held in large terminal umbels, it is free flowering late in the season. Little maintenance is required. Growth Rate: Fast Flowers Jul to Oct Depth: 0 - 1cm Max Height: 10 -...

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  • Oenanthe japonica

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    Oenanthe japonica 'Flamingo' - Variegated water dropwort

    Oenanthe japonica 'Flamingo' - Variegated water dropwort  Pinkish lacy foliage in Spring, maturing to white. Flowers: July - Aug Growth Rate: Fast Depth: 0 - 12cm Max Height: 30 - 40cm Native to British Isles: n/a Perfect For...

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  • Juncus inflexus

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    Juncus inflexus - Hard rush

    Juncus inflexus - Hard rush Tall blue/grey slender leaved rush. May self-seed in optimum growing conditions Evergreen. Trim in early spring to encourage new growth Flowers: Jun - Jul Growth Rate: Slow Depth: 0 - 15cm Max Height: 60 - 90cm Native...

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