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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
    Equisetum hyemale - Dutch rush

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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
    Perfect For Pollinators
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    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
    Typha angustifolia - Lesser bulrush - reedmace - narrowleaf cattail

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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    Gunnera Manicata - Giant prickly Rhubarb - Chile Rhubarb

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Gunnera Manicata - Giant prickly Rhubarb - Chile Rhubarb

    Gunnera Manicata - Giant prickly Rhubarb - Chile Rhubarb This giant plant has the largest leaves of any plant grown in the UK. The leaves are borne on long, stout, prickly stems and can grow to well over a metre in diameter. It has green/red club shaped...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
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    Stachys palustris

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Stachys palustris - Marsh woundwort

    Stachys palustris - Marsh woundwort This free-flowering plant is covered in bumble bee attracting spikes of bright purple flowers all summer.  Good for medium or large ponds. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • British Native
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    Phragmites australis

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Phragmites australis - Norfolk or common reed

    Phragmites australis - Norfolk or common reed Strong growing grass with broad glossy leaves that turn brown in autumn and purple or violet flowers.  This plant is frequently used in sewage treatment beds and it is still used for thatching. Pond...

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  • British Native
    Typha latifolia - Greater reed mace

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Typha latifolia - Greater reed mace

    Typha latifolia - Greater reed mace This is the common bulrush, it is taller and more vigorous than any other. It has dark chocolate coloured seed heads. Not recommended for garden ponds it is better in large lakes. Pond ready – This plant comes...

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  • British Native
    Sparganium erectum - Branched bur-reed

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Sparganium erectum - Branched bur-reed

    Sparganium erectum - Branched bur-reed A very quick growing native, it is popular with landscapers for native planting schemes to provide cover for wildfowl. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Aug Growth...

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  • Perfect For Pollinators
    Pontederia cordata lanceolata - Giant pickerel weed

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Pontederia cordata lanceolata - Giant pickerel weed

    Pontederia cordata lanceolata - Giant pickerel weed As Pontederia cordata but much taller, with longer flower spikes. It is free flowering and makes an excellent addition to any pond. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • British Native
    Scirpus lacustris

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Scirpus lacustris - Clubrush

    Scirpus lacustris - Clubrush A dark green rush with clusters of chocolate brown flowers near top of stems. Popular with landscapers for native planting schemes to provide cover for wildfowl.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    Eupatorium cannabinum

    UK Grown Pond Plants

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

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  • Typha gracilis - Medium bulrush - Medium reedmace

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Typha gracilis - Medium bulrush - Medium reedmace

    Typha gracilis - Medium bulrush - Medium reedmace A smaller typha this is excellent for medium and large ponds. It has milk chocolate coloured seed heads. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Sep Growth...

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    Typha laxmannii

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Typha laxmannii - Graceful Cattail - Slender reedmace

    Typha laxmannii - Graceful Cattail - Slender reedmace A smaller Typha this is excellent for medium and large ponds. It has milk chocolate coloured seed heads when mature, similar to gracillis in colour, but slightly longer. Pond ready – This...

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    Scirpus lacustris tab Zebrinus - Zebra rush

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Scirpus lacustris tab Zebrinus - Zebra rush

    Scirpus lacustris tab Zebrinus - Zebra rush A striking plant standing erect and over 1 m tall.  Shorter than S. Albescens, but not as strong.  It has striking green and white markings in horizontal bands. Pond ready – This plant comes...

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  • British Native
    RHS Gold Merit
    Dryopteris filix-mas

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Dryopteris filix-mas - Male fern

    Dryopteris filix-mas - Male fern Dryopteris filix-mas - Hardy species of the northern Hemisphere which has feathered & crested deep green foliage. As with most ferns it prefers moist soil but avoid water logged areas.Pond ready –...

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  • Perfect For Pollinators
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    Angelica archangelica - angel's fishing rod

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Angelica archangelica - angel's fishing rod

    Angelica archangelica - angel's fishing rod Statuesque plant with large architectural foliage and round seed heads. The smooth tender stems are boiled and candied to make cake decorations. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • British Native
    sold out
    Cyperus longus - Sweet galingale

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Cyperus longus - Sweet galingale

    Cyperus longus - Sweet galingale Dark green grass-like pendulous foliage with brown flowers.  This plant makes good cover for wildlife in large ponds or lakes.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Aug -...

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  • British Native
    RHS Gold Merit
    Osmunda regalis

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Osmunda regalis - Royal fern

    Osmunda regalis - Royal fern Osmunda regalis - Large delicate pale green fronds turning to deep russet hues in Autumn. This fern may be grown in shallow waterPond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: None Growth...

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    Thalia dealbata - Powdery alligator flag - Hardy water canna

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Thalia dealbata - Powdery alligator flag - Hardy water canna

    Thalia dealbata - Powdery alligator flag - Hardy water canna A striking plant with large glaucous leaves and small purplish flowers held high on long thin stems. This semi-hardy plant can stay outside providing the roots are deep enough in the water to...

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  • Not Hardy
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    Cyperus alternifolius - Umbrella Palm

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Cyperus alternifolius - Umbrella Palm

    Cyperus alternifolius - Umbrella Palm So called because of the shape of its umbels of grassy spikelets.  It makes a popular house plant and is excellent for those who overwater their house plants, as you can't with this one.Pond ready – This...

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    Rheum palmatum

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Rheum palmatum

    Rheum palmatum Slow growing with gigantic leaves requiring a great deal of space. It makes a good alternative to Gunnera manicata for a smaller garden. The new foliage is an attractive deep mahogany red. It has a tall flower spike. Pond ready –...

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    Dierama pulcherrimum - Angel's fishing rod

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Dierama pulcherrimum - Angel's fishing rod

    Dierama pulcherrimum - Angel's fishing rod The Dierama pulcherrimum has pink bell-like flowers on a curving stem, it is also sometimes called wedding bells. Angel's fishing rod is not aquatic but it's elegant flowers look beautiful when...

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  • RHS Gold Merit
    Not Hardy
    Cyperus papyrus - Egyptian paper rush

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Cyperus papyrus - Egyptian paper rush

    Cyperus papyrus - Egyptian paper rush Has mop-like heads of spikelets on triangular stems. It is almost certain that Moses' cradle was made from this plant. It makes an excellent house plant which will be evergreen provided the temperature remains over...

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  • British Native
    Carex riparia - Greater pond sedge

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Carex riparia - Greater pond sedge

    Carex riparia  - Greater pond sedge A coarse grass with broad leaves and brown spikelets. It is larger than the other sedges which makes it popular with landscapers for architectural, native plating schemes.Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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  • Perfect For Pollinators
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    Aruncus sylvester

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Aruncus sylvester

    Aruncus sylvester It’s pretty foliage sets off an abundance of tapering plumes of frothy cream blossom.  The leaves turn an impressive, autumnal yellow colour later in the year. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Scirpus tabernaemontani 'Albescens' - Striped bulrush

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Scirpus tabernaemontani 'Albescens' - Striped bulrush

    Scirpus tabernaemontani 'Albescens' - Striped bulrush Tall cylindrical hollow foliage with green and white vertical variegations. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Sep Growth Rate: Fast Max Height:...

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  • RHS Gold Merit
    Matteuccia struthiopteris - Shuttlecock fern

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Matteuccia struthiopteris - Shuttlecock fern

    Matteuccia struthiopteris - Shuttlecock fern Matteuccia struthiopteris - Very graceful with pale green drooping fronds giving the effect of a giant shuttlecockPond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: None Growth...

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    Phragmites australis Variegatus

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Phragmites australis Variegatus - Variegated Norfolk reed

    Phragmites australis Variegatus - Variegated Norfolk reed Yellow and green variegated foliage.  A useful and attractive plant for filtration beds and not as vigorous as Phragmites australis Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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  • Half Hardy
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    Arundo donax variegata - Variegated giant reed grass

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Arundo donax variegata - Variegated giant reed grass

    Arundo donax variegata - Variegated giant reed grass This is a tall striking ornamental grass with green and white striped leaves that will attract attention in any garden.  Ideal in the bog garden. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted...

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    Rodgersia pinnata

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Rodgersia pinnata

    Rodgersia pinnata A decorative perennial plant with feathery, bronzed foliage and creamy rose blooms. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Aug Growth Rate: Medium Max Height: 120cm Recommended Planting...

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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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