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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.



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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    Alisma plantago aquaticum

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Alisma plantago aquaticum - Water plantain

    Alisma plantago aquaticum - Water plantain  When mature this plant sends up many flower stems with multiple delicate white flowers and broad, lanceolate leaves.  It is also said to be a cure for rabies hence it is sometimes called Mad Dog weed...

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  • Acorus Calamus - Sweet Flag

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Acorus Calamus - Sweet Flag

    Acorus Calamus - Sweet Flag  Dark green iris-like foliage with a small green horn-shaped bloom. It grows from a rhizome which runs across the ground out of which the leaves rise up. It has been used in fragrances and medicinal cures since Egyptian...

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  • Oxygenator
    Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides

    Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides  Forms a carpet of miniature round leaves  Flowers: April - June Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 0 - 25cm Max Height: 10 - 15cm Native to British Isles: No Perfect For Pollinators: n/a Position: Full Sun/ Part...

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  • Oxygenator
    Hydrocotyle nova zealand

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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  • British Native
    Oxygenator
    Hippuris vulgaris

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Hippuris vulgaris - Mare's tail

    Hippuris vulgaris - Mare's tail - Oxygenator Plants  Low growing vertical bottle brush type stems Flowers: June - Aug Growth Rate: Slow Depth: 2 - 15cm Max Height: 25 - 30cm Native to British Isles: Yes Perfect For Pollinators:...

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  • Oxygenator
    British Native
    Eleocharis acicularis

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Eleocharis acicularis - Needle spike - Rush

    Eleocharis acicularis - Needle spike - Rush  Slender little tufted plant with needle-like stems, each terminating in a brown spikelet Flowers: Aug- Sept Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 15 - 60cm Max Height: 15 - 40cm Native to British Isles:...

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    Nymphaea Rose Arey

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Rose Arey - Pink Water Lily

    Nymphaea Rose Arey  - Pink Water Lily The large, rose-pink, stellate flowers of this charming water lily have slightly incurved petals. It is valued for its free-flowering habit and elegant foliage.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted...

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  • Nymphaea Pygmaea helvola  - Pygmy Yellow Water Lily

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Pygmaea helvola - Pygmy Yellow Water Lily

    Nymphaea Pygmaea helvola  - Pygmy Yellow Water Lily Prolific tiny star-shaped soft flowers. Green foliage has maroon blotches & streaks In Aquatic basket  Flowers: June to September Size: Dwarf Spread: 30cm - 50cm Depth: 15cm -...

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  • Nymphaea Pygmaea alba  - Pygmy White Water Lily

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Pygmaea alba - Pygmy White Water Lily

    Nymphaea Pygmaea alba - Pygmy White Water Lily This enchanting water lily has miniature, cup-shaped white flowers and is the smallest of the white lilies.  It is well suited to patio pools and small, shallow water features. Pond ready –...

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  • Nymphaea Perry's Baby Red- Red Water Lily

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Perry's Baby Red- Red Water Lily

    Nymphaea Perry's Baby Red- Red Water Lily Valued for its dainty, compact habit, this exceptionally pretty water lily has well-formed, prolific deep red blooms and elegant foliage.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • Nymphaea Paul Hariot

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Paul Hariot - Changeable Water Lily

    Nymphaea Paul Hariot  Changeable Water Lily  The flowers of this beguiling water lily open apricot-yellow, and mature to a graceful orange-pink. The foliage displays attractive maroon spots.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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  • Nymphaea Mrs Richmond - Red Water Lily

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Mrs Richmond - Red Water Lily

    Nymphaea Mrs Richmond - Red Water Lily The unusually large, globe-shaped flowers of this lovely water lily are a deep pink that darkens gracefully as they age and surrounded by prolific green foliage. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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  • Nymphaea Marliacea Chromatella

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Marliacea Chromatella - Yellow Water Lily

    Nymphaea Marliacea Chromatella - Yellow Water Lily The mottled, olive-green leaves of this majestic water lily provide the perfect setting for its primrose-yellow blooms, which have bright golden stamens.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted...

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  • Nymphaea Joey Tomocik - Yellow Water Lily

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Joey Tomocik - Yellow Water Lily

    Nymphaea Joey Tomocik - Yellow Water Lily Standing just clear of the surrounding water, the deep lemon blooms of this graceful, free flowering water lily make an impressive sight in the summer pond.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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  • Nymphaea Gladstoniana - White Water Lily

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Gladstoniana - White Water Lily

    Nymphaea Gladstoniana - White Water Lily An outstanding choice for large ponds and lakes, this wonderfully showy white water lily has impressively large, cup-shaped blooms with golden stamens. The foliage is dark green. It makes a good alternative to...

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  • Nymphaea Charles de Meurville

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Charles de Meurville - Red Water Lily

    Nymphaea Charles de Meurville - Red Water Lily This highly attractive and prolific water lily is prized for its luxurious, wine-coloured blooms, carried above handsome foliage. As with all hardy lilies the flowers close as the sun sets. Good for...

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  • Nymphaea Barbara Dobbins - Yellow Water Lily

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Barbara Dobbins - Yellow Water Lily

    Nymphaea Barbara Dobbins - Yellow Water Lily This hardy, prolific water lily has unusual yellow/peachy flowers with a pink flush. The new leaves are mottled with maroon and turn dark green as they mature. The large blooms rise above the leaves, giving...

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    Nymphaea Black Princess - Red Water Lily

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Black Princess - Red Water Lily Premium Variety

    Nymphaea Black Princess - Red Water Lily  Premium Variety Highly sought-after, this relatively new variety can be hard to find. The flower is very dark red, almost black and never fails to impress. The handsome green foliage provides a perfect...

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  • Nymphaea Albatross

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Albatross - White Water Lily

    Nymphaea Albatross - White Water Lily As it matures, the rich purple foliage of this elegant variety turns to an attractive green. The luxuriant flowers are brilliant white. This is a graceful, easy-to-grow plant, ideal for any medium to large pond.Pond...

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    Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough' - Arum lily

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough' - Arum lily

    Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough' - Arum lily Glossy arrow-shaped leaves, large white arum flowers with a yellow spathe. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Aug Growth Rate: Slow Max Height:...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    Veronica beccabunga

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Veronica beccabunga - Brooklime

    Veronica beccabunga - Brooklime Very prolific succulent plant having smooth ovate leaves with clusters of blue flowers. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Sep Growth Rate: Fast Max Height:...

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  • Phalaris arundinacea

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Phalaris arundinacea var picta - Gardeners garters

    Phalaris arundinacea var picta - Gardeners garters An attractive grass type aquatic with narrow leaves that are boldly striped with white, pale and dark green.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul -...

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  • Oenanthe japonica

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Oenanthe javanica 'Flamingo' - Variegated water dropwort

    Oenanthe javanica 'Flamingo' - Variegated water dropwort The beautiful tricolour foliage is pink, white and green in spring, maturing to a darker green and pink in autumn. Tiny, creamy white flowers in umbels appear in mid-summer. Pond ready –...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    Mentha aquatica

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Mentha aquatica - Water mint

    Mentha aquatica - Water mint A strong mint scented herb, covered with pinkish lilac flower heads.  It used to be grown for it's essential oils. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Oct Growth Rate:...

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  • Mazus reptans - Chinese marshflower

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Mazus reptans - Chinese marshflower

    Mazus reptans - Chinese marshflower A native of the Himalayas, it is a low creeping marginal that forms dense mats of blue flowers that flower prolifically throughout the summer.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • Mazus reptans Alba

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Mazus reptans Alba - Chinese marshflower

    Mazus reptans Alba - Chinese marshflower A white version of Mazus reptans. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Aug Growth Rate: Slow Max Height: 5cm Recommended Planting Depth: 0cm - 5cm Native to...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    Lythrum salicaria - Purple loosestrife

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    Lychnis flos-cuculi - Ragged Robin

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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. It prefers to be in moist...

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  • Juncus effusus var spiralis

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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.Pond ready...

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  • Perfect For Pollinators
    Iris versicolor - Blue flag - Poison flag

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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A Guide to Pond Plants

Aquatic pond plants really bring a pond to life - not only do they greatly enhance the natural beauty of your pond, but they also play an essential role in maintaining the health of its water and inhabitants.

Step By Step Guide To Planting Pond Plants

Follow our step by step guide to successfully planting or replanting pond plants. Before we start, we will answer a few frequently asked questions.

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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