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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
    Ceratophyllum demersum - Hornwort - Bunched Pack of 5

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Ceratophyllum demersum - Hornwort - Bunched Pack of 5

    5 x Ceratophyllum demersum - Hornwort Oxygenator Pond Plants Dark green with rigid, branching stems densely clothed with foliage Flowers: May to July Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 30 - 150cm Max Height: Grows to the surface of the water Native...

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  • British Native
    Weighted Bunches
    Oxygenator
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    Ranunculus aquatilis Pack of 5 Bunches

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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  • Flowering Most Of The Year
    Aponogeton distachyos

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Aponogeton distachyos - Water Hawthorn

    Aponogeton distachyos - Water Hawthorn Oval-shaped leaves with sweetly scented snow-white waxy flowers with brown spots. The water hawthorn flowers most of the year.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Mar to Jul...

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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
    Weighted Bunches
    Oxygenator
    sold out
    Fontinalis antipyretica - Willow moss - Bunched

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Fontinalis antipyretica - Willow moss - Pack of 5 Bunches

    5 x Fontinalis antipyretica - Willow moss Aquatic Pond Plants Greyish-green in colour with very long branched stems Flowers: May to July Growth Rate: Medium/Slow Depth: 30 - 100cm Max Height: 10cm to surface Native to British Isles:...

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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

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    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
    Weighted Bunches
    Oxygenator
    sold out
    Callitriche stagnalis - Starwort -  Pack of 5 Bunches

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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  • 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
    Perfect For Pollinators
    sold out
    Persicaria amphibia - Amphibious bistort

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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  • Oxygenator
    Eleocharis acicularis

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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
    sold out
    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
    sold out
    Cardamine pratensis

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Cardamine pratensis - Cuckoo flower or Lady's smock

    Cardamine pratensis - Cuckoo flower or Lady's smock Mounds of pale green ferny foliage with pale lilac blooms. It is one of the food plants of the Orange Tip butterfly.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: April -...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    sold out
    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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  • Oxygenator
    sold out
    Scirpus cernuus - Fibre optic plant

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Scirpus cernuus - Fibre optic plant

    Scirpus cernuus  - Fibre optic plant Attractive evergreen has an apt common name. The glassy threadlike leaves have minute white spikes on the tips of each leaf. Trim in early spring Flowers: July - September Growth Rate: Slow Depth: 0- 10cm...

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  • Not Hardy
    Pistia stratiotes - Water Lettuce Floating Pond Plant Pack of 5

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Pistia stratiotes - Water Lettuce Floating Pond Plant Pack of 5

    5 x Pistia stratiotes - Water Lettuce Floating Pond Plant The lettuce shaped leaves are soft and hairy. This plant spreads by sending out runners to form young plants. The fine roots give good cover to young fish. Pistia are not hardy and do best...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    sold out
    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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  • British Native
    sold out
    Stratiotes aloides

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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  • Oxygenator
    sold out
    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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  • British Native
    Weighted Bunches
    Oxygenator
    sold out
    Myriophyllum verticillatum - Whorled water milfoil - Bunched

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Myriophyllum verticillatum - Whorled water milfoil - Pack of 5 Bunches

    5 x Myriophyllum verticillatum - Whorled water milfoil - Bunched Very similar to Myriophyllum spicatum, but with slightly longer leaves. Flowers: May - June Colour: White Growth Rate: Fast Depth: 30 - 100 cm Height: -15 cm - Surface Native to...

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  • Oxygenator
    sold out
    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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  • Oxygenator
    sold out
    Lilaeopsis brasilensis  - Oxygenating Plant

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Lilaeopsis brasilensis - Oxygenating Plant

    Lilaeopsis brasilensis  - Micro Sword Oxygenating Plant It forms a lawn like carpet at the bottom of the pond making it a good oxygenator.   Flowers: May - August Growth Rate: Slow Depth: 3 - 6cm Max Height: 60cm Native to British...

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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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    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
    Nymphoides peltata

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphoides peltata - Fringed Water Lily

    Nymphoides Peltata - Fringed Water Lily The Nymphoides peltata is a delicate little native plant that spreads across the surface of the pond.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun to Sept Growth Rate:...

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  • Perfect For Pollinators
    sold out
    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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  • Oxygenator
    sold out
    Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides variegata

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    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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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    Lychnis flos-cuculi - Ragged Robin

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Lychnis flos-cuculi - Ragged Robin

    Lychnis flos-cuculi - Ragged Robin Branched stems bear opposite, lance-shaped leaves.  Clusters of star-shaped deep rose-pink flowers, each petal deeply cut into 4 narrow segments, appear in late spring and early summer. It prefers to be in moist...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    sold out
    Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum  - Water Cress

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum - Water Cress

    Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum  - Water Cress Dark green foliage with small white flowers.  Commonly called watercress it is one of the oldest known leaf vegetables. It should only be eaten if grown in a known clean water source. Pond ready...

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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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