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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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    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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    Iris sibirica

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    Iris sibirica - Siberian flag

    Iris sibirica - Siberian flag Attractive, free flowering blue with a white and yellow throat. Despite its name, this plant is a native of Europe, not Siberia.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. Pond ready – This plant...

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    Mimulus luteus 'Queen's Prize'

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    Mimulus luteus 'Queen's Prize'

    Mimulus luteus 'Queen's Prize' Very free flowering, bright yellow flowers with reddish blotches throughout the summer makes this a popular plant for the bog or water garden. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers:...

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  • British Native
    RHS Gold Merit
    Athyrium filix femina - Lady Fern

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    Athyrium filix femina - Lady Fern

    Athyrium filix femina - Lady fern Athyrium filix femina - One of the prettiest of our native ferns with tufts of tall, lacy, pale green arching foliage Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: None Growth Rate:...

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    Mimulus cupreus 'Red Emperor'

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    Mimulus cupreus 'Red Emperor'

    Mimulus cupreus 'Red Emperor' Covered in numerous attractive bright red trumpet-shaped flowers all summer. It has oval, toothed leaves, A little more compact than Mimulus guttatus. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Iris ensata - Japanese clematis iris

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    Iris ensata - Japanese clematis iris

    Iris ensata - Japanese clematis iris Varying coloured clematis type flowers, often boldly marked. The leaves form dense clumps. As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Lobelia vedrariensis - Purple Lobelia

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    Lobelia vedrariensis - Purple Lobelia

    Lobelia vedrariensis - Purple Lobelia A handsome species with narrow, red-tinged dark green leaves and tubular, deep violet-purple flowers. Harmful if eaten Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Sep Growth...

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    Primula vialii - Vial's primrose

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    Primula vialii - Vial's primrose

    Primula vialii - Vial's primrose An unusual conical spike of dainty purple flowers appearing from the bright red buds. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Jul Growth Rate: Slow Max Height:...

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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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    Angelica archangelica - angel's fishing rod

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    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
    RHS Gold Merit
    Osmunda regalis

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    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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    RHS Gold Merit
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    Fritillaria meleagris

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    Fritillaria meleagris - Snake's head fritillary

    Fritillaria meleagris - Snake's head fritillary This attractive spring bulb has attractive checker board drooping purple or white flowers. Easily grown provided the soil does not become too dry. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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    Primula beesiana

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    Primula beesiana

    Primula beesiana Purple mauve candelabra type flowers stand out above the foliage. All primulas do well in heavy soil well enriched with humus. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Jul Growth Rate:...

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    Astilbe red - False goats beard

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    Astilbe red - False goats beard

    Astilbe red - False goats beard Dark green foliage, bright red plumed flowers. Grows better in shaded areas and must be kept moist. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Aug Growth Rate: Medium Max Height:...

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    Iris sibirica

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    Iris sibirica 'Snow Queen'

    Iris sibirica 'Snow Queen' Spear shaped foliage, it has a white flower with a yellow throat. As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Jun Growth Rate:...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    RHS Gold Merit
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    Primula Vulgaris

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    Primula Vulgaris - Wild Primrose

    Primula Vulgaris - Wild Primrose The native Primrose has abundant soft yellow flowers with light green leaves very early in spring, before the other primulas. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Mar -...

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    Astilbe pink - False goats beard

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    Astilbe pink - False goats beard

    Astilbe pink - False goats beard Soft arching 'fluffy' pink flower plumes. Grows better in shaded areas and must be kept moist. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Aug Growth Rate: Medium Max Height:...

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  • Athyrium niponicum Metallicum

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Athyrium niponicum Metallicum - Japanese painted fern

    Athyrium niponicum Metallicum -  Japanese painted fern Athyrium niponicum Metallicum is very popular due to its attractive blue, green, maroon and silver foliage that changes as the season progresses. The Japanese painted fern grows best in a damp,...

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    Primula japonica

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    Primula japonica

    Primula japonica The candelabra type flower is a beautiful crimson held above the foliage. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Jul Growth Rate: Slow Max Height: 60cm Recommended Planting Depth: 0cm...

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    Sisyrinchium californicum

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    Sisyrinchium californicum - Yellow eyed grass

    Sisyrinchium californicum - Yellow eyed grass Miniature Iris-type foliage with masses of star-shaped yellow flowers.  Prefers moist to damp soil. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Aug Growth Rate:...

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    Astilbe white - False goats beard

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    Astilbe white - False goats beard

    Astilbe white - False goats beard Arching plumes of fluffy white flowers. Grows better in shaded areas and must be kept moist. Flowers: Jun - Aug Growth Rate: Medium Max Height: 80cm Recommended Planting Depth: 0cm (moisture lover)  Native...

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    Tulbaghia violacea - Society garlic

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Oct Growth Rate:...

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    Rheum palmatum

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    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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    RHS Gold Merit
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    Primula Veris

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Primula Veris - Cowslip

    Primula Veris - Cowslip Our common native cowslip produces several clusters of small yellow flowers on 15cm tall stems. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Apr - Jun Growth Rate: Slow Max Height:...

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    Dierama pulcherrimum - Angel's fishing rod

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    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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    Zephyranthes candida - White rain lily

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    Zephyranthes candida - White rain lily

    Zephyranthes candida - White rain lily White, crocus - like flowers late summer/early autumn. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Aug - Sep Growth Rate: Slow Max Height: 30cm Recommended Planting Depth: 0cm -...

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    Iris ensata 'Rose Queen'

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    Iris ensata 'Rose Queen'

    Iris ensata 'Rose Queen' Pale lilac-pink flowers with a deeper shade towards the base, stand above the clump forming Iris type leaves.As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Hosta 'Francee'

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    Hosta 'Francee'

    Hosta 'Francee' Ovate leaves with white margins and lavender/blue funnel shaped flowers. As with all hostas they do best in partly shaded areas where the soil remains moist. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers:...

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    Iris sibirica 'Pink Parfait'

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    Iris sibirica 'Pink Parfait

    Iris sibirica 'Pink Parfait' This unusual iris has a flower that is more like a rose than an iris. The numerous petals are a pinkish, lavender. As with all sibirica it prefers damp rather than waterlogged soil. All iris tubers are harmful if eaten.Pond...

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    Ligularia den Desdemona

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    Ligularia den Desdemona

    Ligularia den Desdemona Branched heads of large orange, daisy-like flowers are held well above the large handsome round beetroot red foliage. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Sep Growth Rate:...

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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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