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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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    Lythrum salicaria - Purple loosestrife

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    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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  • Marginal Pond Plant Collection for Colour

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    Marginal Plant Collection for Colour

    Marginal Plant Collection for Colour  Pond ready – These plants come ready potted in aquatic soil with baskets Time to spruce up your pond with some cheerful marginal plants? Let our expert nursery staff choose from hundreds of varieties to...

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  • British Native
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    Anagallis tenella - Bog pimpernel

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    Anagallis tenella - Bog pimpernel

    Anagallis tenella - Bog pimpernel Forms a dense carpet of tiny leaves, mixed with numerous rosy-pink flowers.  Ideal in a bog garden or very shallow water.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun -...

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  • Nymphaea Almost Black

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    Nymphaea Almost Black - Red Water Lily

    Nymphaea Almost Black - Red Water Lily Floating gracefully on the surface of the pond in summer, the flowers of this outstanding water lily are an intense, plum colour. The emerging foliage has a striking bronze flush, turning green as it matures. This...

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  • Square 1L Pond Plant Baskets

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    Square 1L Pond Plant Baskets

    Square 1 Litre Planting Baskets 11cm x 11cm Mesh baskets allow water to move between the compost inside the container and the surrounding water, allowing essential movement of gases and nutrients to the plant roots. These baskets are of a...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
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    Lysimachia nummularia - Creeping jenny

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    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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    Nymphaea Pygmaea alba  - Pygmy White Water Lily

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    Nymphaea Pygmaea alba - Pygmy White Water Lily

    Nymphaea Pygmaea alba - Pygmy White Water Lily This enchanting water lily has miniature, cup-shaped white flowers and is the smallest of the white lilies.  It is well suited to patio pools and small, shallow water features. Pond ready –...

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  • Nymphaea Colorado

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    Nymphaea Colorado - Pink Water Lily

    Nymphaea Colorado - Pink Water Lily An excellent selection for medium and large ponds, this choice water lily is prized for its cactus-shaped, salmon-pink flowers. They stand elegantly above the water and continue to flower a full month after most...

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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
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    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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  • Nymphaea Odorata Firecrest - Pink Water Lily

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    Nymphaea Odorata Firecrest - Pink Water Lily

    Nymphaea Odorata Firecrest - Red Water Lily The fragrant flowers of this attractive water lily have petals that lie widely open, and red-tipped stamens that stand erect at the centre.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • Oxygenator
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    Myriophyllum crispatum - Upright water milfoil

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    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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  • Contour 8L Pond Plant Baskets

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    Contour 8L Pond Plant Baskets

    Contour Pond Planting Baskets 46cm x 17cm x 15cm  Holds 8 litres  Mesh baskets allow water to move between the compost inside the container and the surrounding water, allowing essential movement of gases and nutrients to the plant roots...

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  • Nymphaea Virginalis - White Water Lily

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    Nymphaea Virginalis - White Water Lily

    Nymphaea Virginalis - White Water Lily This much sought-after water lily has exquisitely-shaped, semi-double, pure white flowers surrounded by elegant green foliage. Hardy water lilies are dependable and flower over a long summer season.Pond ready...

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

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    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
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    Hydrocotyle nova zealand

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    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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  • Nymphaea Marliacea Chromatella

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    Nymphaea Marliacea Chromatella - Yellow Water Lily

    Nymphaea Marliacea Chromatella - Yellow Water Lily The mottled, olive-green leaves of this majestic water lily provide the perfect setting for its primrose-yellow blooms, which have bright golden stamens.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted...

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  • British Native
    Typha angustifolia - Lesser bulrush - reedmace - narrowleaf cattail

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    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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    Nymphaea Perry's Baby Red- Red Water Lily

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    Nymphaea Perry's Baby Red- Red Water Lily

    Nymphaea Perry's Baby Red- Red Water Lily Valued for its dainty, compact habit, this exceptionally pretty water lily has well-formed, prolific deep red blooms and elegant foliage.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • Oxygenator
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    Lilaeopsis brasilensis  - Oxygenating Plant

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    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
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    Marsilea quadrifolia - Water shamrock

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    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

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    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

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    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
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    Iris versicolor - Blue flag - Poison flag

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    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
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    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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    Nymphaea Pygmaea rubra  - Pygmy Red Water Lily

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    Nymphaea Pygmaea rubra - Pygmy Red Water Lily

    Nymphaea Pygmaea rubra  - Pygmy Red Water Lily The flowers of this exquisite water lily open reddish-pink and darken gracefully as they age. Its compact habit makes it perfect for even the smallest ponds as it is the tiniest blooms of the red...

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

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    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
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    Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum  - Water Cress

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    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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  • British Native
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    Carex acuta

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    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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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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