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Pond Plants

Why pond plants?

Pond plants are a stunning addition to any water garden or water feature - not only do they enhance the natural beauty of your pond, but they also play an essential role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem and environment  for your pond and its inhabitants. 

Pond plant types

From marginal plants and oxygenators to floaters, bog plants and stunning water lilies, our pond plant collections have been carefully selected and can be combined to suit different pool sizes and types.

Choosing pond plants

All our water plants are clearly labelled to show the height they attain, their spread and the depth of water they prefer, meaning you can confidently choose the right plants to bring your water garden or feature to life. 

Where to buy pond plants?

At World of Water we stock an extensive range of pond plants both online and near me at one of our uk stores to help you to create the pond or feature. Buying from World of Water will guarantee the highest quality pond plants, direct from our UK growers. Mature pond plant specimens can also be seen in our show gardens at most of our UK stores.

Planting guide

Read our step by step guide to planting ponds with useful tips on what plants require for the best results, easy plants guide or for expert advice from one of our team and to see pond plants for sale "near me"  

How many pond plants and where to plant?

Pond plants can establish very quickly, however you need to plant enough to create a balanced ecosystem, especially if you're adding any fish as they play as massive part in maintaining the ponds health. Take a look at our useful guide on how many and pond planting positioning

Rough Guide to the numbers of pond plants recommended to establish a new water garden
Pond Surface Area 2m2  4m2  6m2  8m2 10m2  12m2
Water Lilies 1 2 3 3 4 5
Deep Marginal 1 2 2 5 6 8
Marginal Plants 8 14 18 24 30 36
Oxygenating Bunches 15 30 45 60 75 90
Floating Plants 2 3 4 6 8 12

Pond Plants Groups

To make selection easy we have split the pond plants we sell into easy to follow groups, generally based around the depth they can be planted or their purpose such oxygenating or for easy selection we have group native plants, or pond plant collections for a one stop plant selection for you pond as listed

Pond Plant Collections  |  Water Lilies  |  Deep Water Plants  |  Bog or Marsh Plants  |  Marginal Plants  |  Oxygenating Plants  |  Floating Plants  |  Native Pond Plants  | Pond Molluscs (Pond Snails & Mussels)



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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...

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  • Aquatic Compost

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    Aquatic Compost / Soil

    Aquatic Compost 20 Litres  Specialist compost for pond marginals and moisture loving plants promotes root growth, leading to strong top growth later in the season.  This soil is completely safe for wildlife in and around the pond...

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  • Ramshorn snails - Planorbis corneus

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    Ramshorn snails - Planorbis corneus Pack of 5

    5 x Ramshorn snails - Planorbis corneus   Ramshorn snails eat algae from the sides of the pond. 5 snails per m² can be a useful guide. Home Delivery We currently do not ship this product to Scottish Highlands and islands, Isle of...

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  • Aponogeton distachyos

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    Aponogeton distachyos - Water Hawthorne

    Aponogeton distachyos  - Water Hawthorne  Oval-shaped leaves with sweetly scented snow-white waxy flowers with brown spots, Flowers very early and late in the year In aquatic basket ready to plant Flowers: Mar to Jul then Sep to Dec...

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  • 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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  • Nymphaea Darwin - Pink Water Lily

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    Nymphaea Darwin - Pink Water Lily

    Nymphaea Darwin (Hollandia) Water Lily White to pink outer petals, inner petals pink to deeper pink In aquatic basket ready to plant Flowers: June to September Size: Large Spread: 100cm 150cm Depth: 50cm-100cm Native to British Isles:...

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  • Nymphaea Alba - White Water Lily

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    Nymphaea Alba - White Water Lily

    Nymphaea Alba White Water Lily White to pink outer petals, inner petals pink to deeper pink  Ready to plant in Aquatic Basket Flowers: June to September Size: Large Spread: 80cm 150cm Depth: 45cm - 90cm Native to British Isles: Yes Perfect For...

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  • Butomus umbellatus - Flowering rush

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    Butomus umbellatus - Flowering rush

    Butomus umbellatus - Flowering rush Marginal Aquatic Pond Plants Triangular leaves turning from red to dark green. Pink flowers in umbels Flowers: June - Aug Growth Rate: Fast Depth: 3 - 25cm Max Height: 60 - 100cm Native to British...

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  • Cardamine pratensis

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    Cardamine pratensis - Cuckoo flower or Lady's smock

    Cardamine pratensis - Cuckoo flower of Lady's smock   Mounds of pale green ferny foliage with pale lilac blooms. It is one of the food plants of the Orange Tip butterfly. No maintenance is required but you may trim seed heads to encourage more...

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  • Nymphaea Attraction - Red Water Lily

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    Nymphaea Attraction - Red Water Lily

    Nymphaea Attraction Water Lily Large red blooms. Frequently flowers pink until well established Aquatic basket ready to plant Size: Medium/Large Flowers: June to September Spread: 80cm 100cm Depth: 40cm-90cm Native to British Isles: No Perfect For...

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  • Nymphaea Charles de Meurville

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    Nymphaea Charles de Meurville - Red Water Lily

    Nymphaea Charles de Meurville - Red Water Lily A very prolific variety with large wine coloured blooms With aquatic basket ready to plant Flowers: June to September Size: Large Spread: 100cm 150cm Depth: 30cm - 100cm Native to British Isles: n/a...

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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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  • Nymphaea Marliacea Albida

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    Nymphaea Marliacea Albida White Water Lily

    Nymphaea Marliacea Albida White Water Lily An excellent alternative to Nymphaea Alba as it is similar to the only native water lily but is more free flowering Aquatic basket ready to plant Size: Medium Flowers: June to September Spread: 75cm...

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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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  • Lythrum salicaria - Purple loosestrife

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    Lythrum salicaria - Purple loosestrife

    Lythrum salicaria - Purple loosestrife  A stunning plant for a medium to large pond or lake. The tall pink blooms can be seen from some distance,  it is free flowering over a long period in summer.   Flowers: June - Sept Growth...

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  • Square 1L Pond Plant Baskets

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    Square 1L Pond Plant Baskets

    Square 1 Litre Planting Baskets 11cm x 11cm Mesh baskets allow water to move between the compost inside the container and the surrounding water, allowing essential movement of gases and nutrients to the plant roots. These baskets are of a...

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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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  • Lysimachia nummularia - Creeping jenny

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    Lysimachia nummularia - Creeping jenny

    Lysimachia nummularia - Creeping jenny Marginal Aquatic Pond Plants Creeping plant with glossy round leaves. Bright golden cup-shaped flowers Flowers: June - August Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 0 - 20cm Max Height: 10 - 15cm Native to British...

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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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  • Contour 8L Pond Plant Baskets

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    Contour 8L Pond Plant Baskets

    Contour Pond Planting Baskets 46cm x 17cm x 15cm  Holds 8 litres  Mesh baskets allow water to move between the compost inside the container and the surrounding water, allowing essential movement of gases and nutrients to the plant roots...

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  • Nymphaea Colorado

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    Nymphaea Colorado - Pink Water Lily

    Nymphaea Colorado Pink Water Lily An excellent selection for medium and large ponds, this choice water lily is prized for its its cactus shaped, salmon pink flowers The flowers stand elegantly proud of the water and continue to flower a full month...

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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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  • Lychnis flos-cuculi - Ragged Robin

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    Lychnis flos-cuculi - Ragged Robin

    Lychnis flos-cuculi -  Ragged robin  Branched stems bear opposite, lance-shaped leaves. Clusters of star-shaped deep rose-pink flowers, each petal deeply cut into 4 narrow segments, appear in late spring and early summer. Little maintenance...

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  • Nymphaea Virginalis - White Water Lily

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    Nymphaea Virginalis - White Water Lily

    Nymphaea Virginalis White Water Lily Exquisitely shaped semi-double pure white flowers with green foliage     Growth Rate: Large Flowers: June to September Spread: 90cm 120cm Depth: 30cm 80cm Native to British Isles: No Perfect For...

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  • Nymphaea Marliacea Chromatella

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    Nymphaea Marliacea Chromatella - Yellow Water Lily

    Nymphaea Marliacea Chromatella - Yellow Water Lily Primrose-yellow blooms with bright yellow stamens. Mottled olive-green foliage In aquatic basket ready to plant Flowers: June to September Size: Medium/Large Spread: 75cm 90cm Depth: 30cm -...

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  • Nymphaea Snow Princess White Water Lily

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    Nymphaea Snow Princess White Water Lily

    Nymphaea Snow Princess Water Lily This miniature water lily is similar to Pygmaea alba but is more free flowering. It is well suited to patio pools and small, shallow water features. Plant in still water away from splashing fountains. Lower gradually...

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