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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
    Perfect For Pollinators
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    Myosotis scorpioides - Water forget me not

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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
    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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    Caltha palustris - Marsh Marigold

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Caltha palustris - Marsh Marigold, Kingcup

    Caltha palustris - Marsh Marigold, Kingcup Once established it produces a mass of bright yellow flowers very early in the spring, almost a ball of yellow.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Mar - Apr Growth...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    Iris pseudacorus

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Iris pseudacorus - Yellow Flag

    Iris pseudacorus - Yellow Flag The only native aquatic iris, it can be vigorous in boggy soil. It is the origin of the famous Royal French emblem, Fleur-de-lys.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. Pond ready – This plant...

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  • British Native
    Oxygenator
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    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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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
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    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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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
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    Lysimachia nummularia - Creeping jenny

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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  • Perfect For Pollinators
    Iris pseudacorus alba

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Iris pseudacorus alba

    Iris pseudacorus  alba Broad green foliage and large creamy white flowers. The signal is etched in charcoal grey.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • Perfect For Pollinators
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    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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  • British Native
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    Carex acuta

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Carex acuta - slender-tufted sedge

    Carex acuta - slender-tufted sedge A tall slender tufted sedge that grows in rivers, streams and lakes throughout the British Isles.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Aug Growth Rate: Medium Max Height:...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
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    Sagittaria sagittifolia

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Sagittaria sagittifolia - Arrowhead

    Sagittaria sagittifolia - Arrowhead Long arrow-shaped leaves. White flowers with dark purple almost black centres.  The tubers are reported to be edible but we would not advise this. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • Perfect For Pollinators
    Iris louisiana 'Black Gamecock'

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Iris louisiana 'Black Gamecock'

    Iris louisiana 'Black Gamecock' Stunning, giant, deep purple, near-black blooms adorn this beautiful Iris.  As with all louisiana iris it is ideal for the pond as it loves plenty of moisture.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten...

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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
    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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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
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    Veronica beccabunga - Brooklime

    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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  • British Native
    Juncus effusus

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Juncus effusus - Soft rush - Smooth rush

    Juncus effusus - Soft rush - Smooth rush Very erect, dark green stems and brown seed heads. Clumps will spread by creeping rhizomes. Can self seed.  It was used to be make into mats and was probably the rush strewn over the floor in many of...

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  • Perfect For Pollinators
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    Myosotis scorpioides 'Snowflakes' - White water forget-me-not MYOSSN

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Myosotis scorpioides 'Snowflakes' - White water forget-me-not

    Myosotis scorpioides 'Snowflakes' - White water forget-me-not As Myosotis scorpioides but with white flowers. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Sep Growth Rate: Medium Max Height: 30cm Recommended...

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  • Oxygenator
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    Myriophyllum brasiliensis red stem

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Myriophyllum brasiliensis red stem - Red stemmed parrots feather

    Myriophyllum brasiliensis red stem - Red stemmed parrots feather  Bright green feathery foliage with red stems Flowers: June - July Growth Rate: Fast Depth: 0 - 25cm Max Height: 15 - 25cm Native to British Isles: No Perfect For...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
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    Persicaria bistorta - Adderwort

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Persicaria bistorta - Adderwort

    Persicaria bistorta - Adderwort Attractive prominently veined, ovate leaves up to 30cm long have poker shaped bottle brush like mauve-pink flowers rise above them. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul -...

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  • British Native
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    Eriophorum angustifolium

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Eriophorum angustifolium - Cotton grass - Bog cotton

    Eriophorum angustifolium - Cotton grass - Bog cotton A beautiful native plant with grass type foliage and fluffy heads of white cotton-like flowers.  The wool used to be used for stuffing pillows and to make candle wicks.  It is very hardy and...

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  • British Native
    carex pendula

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Carex pendula - Pendulous sedge

    Carex pendula - Pendulous sedge Dark green leathery leaves grow upward then droop to form a weeping mound. The pendulous seed heads can often be seen by streams and brooks.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul...

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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
    RHS Gold Merit
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    Lobelia cardinalis - Scarlet Lobelia

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Lobelia cardinalis - Scarlet Lobelia

    Lobelia cardinalis - Scarlet Lobelia Best planted near the water edge to reflect the glorious colour of the brilliant red flowers against the green foliage.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Aug - Sep 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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  • Perfect For Pollinators
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    Iris pseudacorus bastardii

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Iris pseudacorus bastardii

    Iris pseudacorus bastardii Vigorous broad green foliage with lovely pale creamy-yellow flowers which make it an attractive alternative to Iris pseudacorus. As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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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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  • Perfect For Pollinators
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    Iris louisiana 'Ann Chowning'

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Iris louisiana 'Ann Chowning'

    Iris louisiana 'Ann Chowning' Velvety dark cherry red flowers with a yellow centre, it received the Mary Swords Debaillon Award, the highest given to a Louisiana iris.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten.  Pond ready –...

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    Carex elata

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Carex elata 'Aurea' - Golden sedge

    Carex elata 'Aurea'  - Golden sedge Most decorative sedge for shallow water, with beautiful, rich golden-yellow foliage.  Difficult to differentiate from Carex riparia 'Bowles Golden'.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • British Native
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    Carex pseudocyperus - Cyperus sedge

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Carex pseudocyperus - Cyperus sedge

    Carex pseudocyperus - Cyperus sedge Bright green, grassy leaves with drooping, many flowered spikelets, popular with landscapers for native planting schemes to provide cover for wildfowl.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Calla palustris - Bog or water arum lily

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Calla palustris - Bog or water arum lily

    Calla palustris - Bog or water arum lily A rambling plant with heart-shaped leaves, white flowers are followed by bright red seed heads. This is one of the very few plants known to be pollinated by snails as they are attracted by the flower's scent.Pond...

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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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