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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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    Allium schoenoprasum

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Allium schoenoprasum - Chives

    Allium schoenoprasum - Chives Grass-like tubular, mid-green leaves with pretty rose-pink flowers.  Chives are attractive, prolific flowering and have been used in cooking and medicine for thousands of years. Pond ready – This plant comes...

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    Angelica archangelica - angel's fishing rod

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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    Nymphaea Catchwater Dream Water Lily

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Catchwater Dream Water Lily

    Nymphaea Catchwater Dream Water Lily The initial peach flower matures to pink grapefruit colour contrasting with the mottled green leaves. Prolific flowering, ideal for medium ponds.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • Square 30L Pond Plant Baskets

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    Square 30L Pond Plant Baskets

    Square 30 Litre Planting Baskets 40cm x 40cm x 28cm 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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    Lobelia fulgens 'Queen Victoria'

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Lobelia fulgens 'Queen Victoria'

    Lobelia fulgens 'Queen Victoria' The wonderful purplish-red foliage contrasts excellently with the brilliant red flowers.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Aug - Sep Growth Rate: Slow Max Height:...

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  • British Native
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    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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    Nymphaea Vesuve Red Water Lily

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Vesuve Red Water Lily

    Nymphaea Vesuve Red Water Lily Beautiful, fragrant, bright red flower with lighter edges. Prolific & long bloomer. Foliage dark green, almost round leaves.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Sep Growth...

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  • British Native
    Oxygenator
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    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
    RHS Gold Merit
    Osmunda regalis

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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  • Nymphaea Gloire de Temple Sur Lot Pink Water Lily

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Gloire de Temple Sur Lot Pink Water Lily

    Nymphaea Gloire de Temple Sur Lot Pink Water Lily The very unusual and attractive flower is often considered to be Marliac's ultimate hybrid. The flowers can have upward of 100 petals and are large as are the leaves.Pond ready – This plant comes...

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    Eleocharis palustris

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Eleocharis palustris - Common spike-rush

    Eleocharis palustris - Common spike-rush A mat forming perennial plant with fine grass-like foliage and smooth un-branched upright stems.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Aug Growth Rate: Fast Max...

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  • Dichromena colorata - Star Grass

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Dichromena colorata - Star Grass

    Dichromena colorata - Star Grass A fantastic plant for late in the season as the attractive green and white, star-shaped bracts rise above the grass like foliage and continue into November. Making this previously insignificant plant a great addition to...

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  • British Native
    RHS Gold Merit
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    Fritillaria meleagris

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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  • Nymphaea Marliacea carnea - Pink Water Lily

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Marliacea carnea - Pink Water Lily

    Nymphaea Marliacea Carnea - Pink Water Lily  Free-flowering and showy, the large blooms of this attractive water lily are pale pink at the base of the petals gradually changing to white at the tips.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted...

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  • RHS Gold Merit
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    Primula beesiana

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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    Carex muskingumensis

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Carex muskingumensis - Musk sedge

    Carex muskingumensis  - Musk sedge An architectural plant with light green feathered finely tapering leaves.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Jul Growth Rate: Slow Max Height: 75cm Recommended...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
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    Hypericum elodes - Marsh St John's wort

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Hypericum elodes - Marsh St John's wort

    Hypericum elodes - Marsh St John's wort The green-grey soft hairy foliage gives a glaucous appearance.  Small, saucer shaped yellow flowers appear in late summer.  Good for the edges of ponds and streams Pond ready – This plant comes...

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    Iris sibirica

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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    Lythrum salicaria Robert-  Loosestrife

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Lythrum salicaria Robert- Loosestrife

    Lythrum salicaria Robert-  Loosestrife A more compact form of Lythrum salicaria Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Sep Growth Rate: Medium Max Height: 80cm Recommended Planting Depth: 0cm -...

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    Acorus calamus variegatus - Variegated sweet flag

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Acorus calamus variegatus - Variegated sweet flag

    Acorus calamus variegatus - Variegated sweet flag As Acorus calamus but with green and cream vertical striped leaves.  This citrus scented plant has also be used in fragrances and medicinal cures.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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  • Perfect For Pollinators
    Caltha palustris polypetala

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Caltha palustris polypetala - Giant King Cup

    Caltha palustris polypetala - Giant King Cup A much bolder plant than Caltha palustris with striking, large, single yellow flowers that appear in early spring and continue for longer than other Calthas.  Mature plants frequently have a few flowers...

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  • British Native
    Weighted Bunches
    Oxygenator
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    Myriophyllum spicatum - Spiked water milfoil - Pack of 5 Bunches

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Myriophyllum spicatum - Spiked water milfoil - Pack of 5 Bunches

    5 x Myriophyllum spicatum - Spiked water milfoil - Bunched A true oxygenator, this plant remains under the water. It has reddish foliage in whorls of four. It can grow very deep but is best established in shallower water and allowed to acclimatise...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    RHS Gold Merit
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    Primula Vulgaris

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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  • Perfect For Pollinators
    Lobelia siphilitica

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Lobelia siphilitica - Great Blue Lobelia

    Lobelia siphilitica - Great Blue Lobelia This showy perennial has lanceolate, light green leaves. The erect stems produce lavender-blue, tubular flowers crowded together on the upper part. The species name is based on the fact that it was a supposed...

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    Thalia dealbata - Powdery alligator flag - Hardy water canna

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Thalia dealbata - Powdery alligator flag - Hardy water canna

    Thalia dealbata - Powdery alligator flag - Hardy water canna A striking plant with large glaucous leaves and small purplish flowers held high on long thin stems. This semi-hardy plant can stay outside providing the roots are deep enough in the water to...

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    Astilbe pink - False goats beard

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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  • Perfect For Pollinators
    Alisma parviflorum - American Water Plantain

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Alisma parviflorum - American Water Plantain

    Alisma parviflorum - American Water Plantain A compact and attractive form of the native Alisma with more rounded leaves. When mature this plant sends up numerous flower heads with multiple delicate pinkish-white petals. Likes to be kept constantly...

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    Myosotis scorpioides variegata - Variegated water forget-me-not

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Myosotis scorpioides variegata - Variegated water forget-me-not

    Myosotis scorpioides variegata - Variegated water forget-me-not Blue flowers surmount striking green and white variegated leaves Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Sep 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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