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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 plantsand oxygenators to floaters, bog plantsand 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
    Weighted Bunches
    Oxygenator
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    Ranunculus aquatilis Pack of 5 Bunches

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    Ranunculus aquatilis Pack of 5 Bunches

    5 x Ranunculus Aquatilis - Water crowsfoot - bunched An excellent oxygenator, it has three leaf forms, two above the surface and one below. It can grow in fast flowing or still water. It can often be seen in fast flowing rivers around the UK, a...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
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    Myosotis scorpioides - Water forget me not

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    Myosotis scorpioides - Water forget me not

    Myosotis scorpioides - Water forget me not This delicate little native plant has numerous clusters of long flowering, small blue flowers which attract abundant pollinators throughout the summer. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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  • British Native
    Oxygenator
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    Hottonia palustris - Water Violet - Pack of 5 Bunches

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    Hottonia palustris - Water Violet - Pack of 5 Bunches

    5 x Hottonia palustris - Water Violet Bunched Aquatic Ponds Plants Charming native, bearing handsome, pinnately-divided foliage & whorls of lilac flowers Flowers: June - August Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 5 - 80cm Max Height: 15 -...

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  • British Native
    Equisetum hyemale - Dutch rush

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    Equisetum hyemale - Dutch rush

    Equisetum hyemale - Dutch rush This stunning, evergreen plant adds interest to the garden throughout the year. Extremely hardy even 500 miles inside the Artic circle.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun -...

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  • British Native
    Weighted Bunches
    Oxygenator
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    Callitriche stagnalis - Starwort -  Pack of 5 Bunches

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    Callitriche stagnalis - Starwort - Pack of 5 Bunches

    5 x Callitriche stagnalis - Starwort One of few submerged plants active in autumn and winter. Goldfish are partial to the young succulent leaves & many insects shelter in their tangled masses. In fast flowing water the leaves are held below the...

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  • Nymphaea Darwin - Pink Water Lily

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    Nymphaea Darwin (Hollandia) - Pink Water Lily

    Nymphaea Darwin (Hollandia) Water Lily This free flowering lily bares beautiful, large, soft pink double flowers which can sometimes be seen at late as October or early November. Good for medium to large ponds.Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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  • British Native
    Nymphaea Alba - White Water Lily

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    Nymphaea Alba - White Water Lily

    Nymphaea Alba - White Water Lily Britain’s only native water lily has handsome green foliage and white, but not prolific, flowers. Best grown about 1 metre deep, but it can grow in up to 3 metres of water if allowed to adjust very gradually, since...

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  • Nymphaea Attraction Lilies

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    Nymphaea Attraction - Red Water Lily

    Nymphaea Attraction - Red Water Lily The large, deep rose-red blooms of this very popular, free-flowering lily are flecked with white. The blooms are sometimes whitish pink until the plant is well established.Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
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    Persicaria amphibia - Amphibious bistort

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    Persicaria amphibia - Amphibious bistort

    Persicaria amphibia - Amphibious bistort Trailing elongated stems and leaves float on the surface while the bottle brush like, pink flowers rise above the water.  Fast growing in bog gardens and can also grow in quite deep water (80cm). Pond ready...

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  • British Native
    Butomus umbellatus - Flowering rush

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    Butomus umbellatus - Flowering rush

    Butomus umbellatus - Flowering rush Pretty pink flowers in umbels rise above the triangular leaves which turn from red to dark green as they mature.  The roots used to be crushed and used as food in northern Asia.Pond ready – This plant comes...

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  • Oxygenator
    Eleocharis acicularis

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    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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  • British Native
    Oxygenator
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    Hippuris vulgaris

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    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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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
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    Mentha aquatica

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    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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  • Nymphaea Charles de Meurville

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    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 Aurora

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    Nymphaea Aurora - Variable Water Lily

    Nymphaea Aurora Variable Water Lily Opening yellow, becoming orange next day, turning dark red by the third. Aquatic basket ready to plant Size: Small Flowers: June to September Spread: 70cm 90cm Depth: 23cm 40cm Native to British Isles:...

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  • Nymphaea Pygmaea helvola  - Pygmy Yellow Water Lily

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    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 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 it is more free flowering.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun -...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
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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. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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  • British Native
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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.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun -...

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  • Nymphaea Almost Black

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    Nymphaea Almost Black - Red Water Lily

    Nymphaea Almost Black - Red Water Lily Floating gracefully on the surface of the pond in summer, the flowers of this outstanding water lily are an intense, plum colour. The emerging foliage has a striking bronze flush, turning green as it matures. This...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
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    Lysimachia nummularia - Creeping jenny

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    Lysimachia nummularia - Creeping jenny

    Lysimachia nummularia - Creeping jenny Excellent for ground cover and blending in the edge of a pond as it will grow on dry ground and can float across the surface of the water. It will also hang gracefully from raised pond edges.  A little more...

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    Nymphaea Pygmaea alba  - Pygmy White Water Lily

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    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 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 cactus-shaped, salmon-pink flowers. They stand elegantly above the water and continue to flower a full month after most...

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  • British Native
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    Stratiotes aloides

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    Stratiotes aloides - Water soldier Floating Pond Plant Pack of 5

    5 x Stratiotes aloides - Water soldier Floating Pond Plant  Resembles the top of a pineapple, long, narrow serrated leaves grow in rosettes Please note photograph depicts a mature plant - the nursery dispatches young specimens Flowers: June -...

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  • Nymphaea Odorata Firecrest - Pink Water Lily

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    Nymphaea Odorata Firecrest - Pink Water Lily

    Nymphaea Odorata Firecrest - Red Water Lily The fragrant flowers of this attractive water lily have petals that lie widely open, and red-tipped stamens that stand erect at the centre.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • Nymphaea Virginalis - White Water Lily

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    Nymphaea Virginalis - White Water Lily

    Nymphaea Virginalis - White Water Lily This much sought-after water lily has exquisitely-shaped, semi-double, pure white flowers surrounded by elegant green foliage. Hardy water lilies are dependable and flower over a long summer season.Pond ready...

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  • Nymphaea Marliacea Chromatella

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    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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  • British Native
    Typha angustifolia - Lesser bulrush - reedmace - narrowleaf cattail

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    Typha angustifolia - Lesser bulrush - reedmace - narrowleaf cattail

    Typha angustifolia - Lesser bulrush - reedmace - narrowleaf cattail Smaller than Typha latifolia but still a large typha with dark chocolate coloured seed heads.  It is reported that the roots have been used in Asia to combat dysentery.  The...

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    Nymphaea Perry's Baby Red- Red Water Lily

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    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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  • Oxygenator
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    Marsilea quadrifolia - Water shamrock

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    Marsilea quadrifolia - Water shamrock

    Marsilea quadrifolia - Water shamrock Aquatic Ponds Plants Clover like leaves – low spreading habit Flowers: June - August Growth Rate: Invasive Depth: 0 - 25cm Max Height: 8 - 15cm Native to British Isles: No Perfect For...

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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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