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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
    Butomus umbellatus - Flowering rush

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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
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    Myriophyllum crispatum - Upright water milfoil

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Myriophyllum crispatum - Upright water milfoil

    Myriophyllum crispatum - Upright water milfoil This attractive foliage rises above the water and produces small reddish flowers. Flowers: June - Jul Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 0 - 25 cm Max Height: 15 - 25 cm Native to British...

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  • Oxygenator
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    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
    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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  • Oxygenator
    sold out
    Marsilea quadrifolia - Water shamrock

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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  • Oxygenator
    sold out
    Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides variegata

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides variegata - Crystal confetti

    Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides variegata - Crystal confetti - Oxygenator Plants  Forms a carpet of miniature round leaves edged with cream Flowers: April - June Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 0 - 25cm Max Height: 10 - 15cm Native to British...

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  • Orontium

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Orontium aquaticum - Golden Club

    Orontium aquaticum - Golden Club This unusual plant has attractive yellow flower spikes on white stems. It has numerous flowers prior to the leaves growing large ensuring they stand out clearly. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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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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    Glyceria maxima variegata

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Glyceria maxima variegata - Variegated sweet grass

    Glyceria maxima variegata - Variegated sweet grass A relatively vigorous plant but with attractive pinkie-red striped grass foliage in Spring maturing to yellow & white later in the year. It is graced with purplish-green flowering panicles in late...

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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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  • 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
    Oxygenator
    sold out
    Pilularia globulifera - Pepper grass

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Pilularia globulifera - Pepper grass

    Pilularia globulifera - Pepper grass Aquatic Ponds Plants Leaves are hair-like and arise from a creeping stem Flowers: July - September Growth Rate: Slow Depth: 1 - 25cm Max Height: 10 - 15cm Native to British Isles: Yes Perfect...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    sold out
    Ranunculus lingua Grandiflorus - Spearwort

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Ranunculus lingua Grandiflorus - Spearwort

    Ranunculus lingua Grandiflorus - Spearwort Long ovate deep blue-green leaves with bowl shaped large buttercup-type flowers and lovely underwater leaves.  A good plant for wildlife ponds. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • British Native
    Oxygenator
    sold out
    Ranunculus hederaceus - Ivy-leaved crowsfoot

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Ranunculus hederaceus - Ivy-leaved crowsfoot

    Ranunculus hederaceus - Ivy-leaved crowsfoot A pretty little creeping plant. It grows in shallow water or on mud and has little white flowers above the surface. Flowers: April - July Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 0 - 30 cm Max Height: 1 - 3...

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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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    Peltandra undulata - Green arrow arum

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Peltandra undulata - Green arrow arum

    Peltandra undulata - Green arrow arum An architectural plant with shiny bright green arrow-shaped leaves. Greenish flowers on short spikes appear in early summer. Green berries follow. A semi-evergreen perennial. Pond ready – This plant comes...

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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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