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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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  • Perfect For Pollinators
    Caltha leptosepala

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Caltha leptosepala - White marsh marigold

    Caltha leptosepala - White marsh marigold The white flowers are larger than Caltha palustris 'Alba' and the leaves are oval rather than round. It prefers to marshy ground but can grow in the water. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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  • Not Hardy
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    Cyperus alternifolius - Umbrella Palm

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Cyperus alternifolius - Umbrella Palm

    Cyperus alternifolius - Umbrella Palm So called because of the shape of its umbels of grassy spikelets.  It makes a popular house plant and is excellent for those who overwater their house plants, as you can't with this one.Pond ready – This...

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  • Gratiola officinalis - Summer Snowflake

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Gratiola officinalis - Summer Snowflake

    Gratiola officinalis - Summer Snowflake Pretty spires of white or pink flowers are located in the axils of the leaves.  In Switzerland it grows abundantly in damp pastures and can be dangerous to cattle.Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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  • Nymphaea Sioux - Variable Water Lily

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Nymphaea Sioux - Variable Water Lily

    Nymphaea Sioux - Variable Water Lily Opening soft yellow, the beautifully-proportioned flowers of this popular water lily mature to a reddish-copper, surrounded by elegant green foliage.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Primula japonica

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Primula japonica

    Primula japonica The candelabra type flower is a beautiful crimson held above the foliage. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Jul Growth Rate: Slow Max Height: 60cm Recommended Planting Depth: 0cm...

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  • British Native
    Rumex sanguineus

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Rumex sanguineus - Bloodwort

    Rumex sanguineus - Bloodwort Attractive rosettes of green ovate leaves with bright red veins, this plant is mainly grown for it foliage. Remove the flower heads to maintain the red leaf veins. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Sisyrinchium californicum

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Sisyrinchium californicum - Yellow eyed grass

    Sisyrinchium californicum - Yellow eyed grass Miniature Iris-type foliage with masses of star-shaped yellow flowers.  Prefers moist to damp soil. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Aug Growth Rate:...

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  • Perfect For Pollinators
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    Filipendula ulmaria - Meadowsweet

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Filipendula ulmaria - Meadowsweet

    Filipendula ulmaria - Meadowsweet Clusters of fluffy cream flowers with scented foliage hence it's common name. Often seen growing wild on banks or ditches and in wet meadows. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers:...

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  • Perfect For Pollinators
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    Astilbe white - False goats beard

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Astilbe white - False goats beard

    Astilbe white - False goats beard Arching plumes of fluffy white flowers. Grows better in shaded areas and must be kept moist. Flowers: Jun - Aug Growth Rate: Medium Max Height: 80cm Recommended Planting Depth: 0cm (moisture lover)  Native...

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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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  • RHS Gold Merit
    sold out
    Tulbaghia violacea - Society garlic

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Tulbaghia violacea - Society garlic

    Tulbaghia violacea - Society garlic The fragrant, pale purple flowers are held in large terminal umbels, it is free flowering late in the season. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Oct Growth Rate:...

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    Rheum palmatum

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Rheum palmatum

    Rheum palmatum Slow growing with gigantic leaves requiring a great deal of space. It makes a good alternative to Gunnera manicata for a smaller garden. The new foliage is an attractive deep mahogany red. It has a tall flower spike. Pond ready –...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    sold out
    Scrophularia auriculata

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Scrophularia auriculata - Water figwort

    Scrophularia auriculata - Water figwort Tall heart-shaped nettle-like leaves on square stem.  Small maroon flowers appear in summer Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Sep Growth Rate: Medium Max...

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  • Perfect For Pollinators
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    Caltha palustris Alba - White Himalayan Marigold

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Caltha palustris Alba - White Himalayan Marigold

    Caltha palustris Alba - White Himalayan Marigold A little less prolific flowering than caltha palustris, but once mature it always has a second flowering later in the year.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Mar...

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  • Perfect For Pollinators
    RHS Gold Merit
    Iris pseudacorus Variegata

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Iris pseudacorus Variegata - Variegated yellow flag

    Iris pseudacorus Variegata - Variegated yellow flag The early leaf fans bear attractive yellow and green striped variegation, but this deepens to green as the plant matures. The yellow flowers have distinct brown markings.  As with all iris the...

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  • British Native
    Juncus maritimus

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Juncus maritimus - Sea Rush

    Juncus maritimus - Sea Rush The thin stems arch gracefully with tufts of brownish flowers produced below the sharp pointed stem tip. As it's name suggests, it can tolerate sea spray and slightly brackish water.Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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  • Perfect For Pollinators
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    Lobelia siphilitica alba - White Lobelia

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Lobelia siphilitica alba - White Lobelia

    Lobelia siphilitica alba - White Lobelia A handsome variety with beautiful bright white flower spikes that rise above the light green lanceolate leaves.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Aug -...

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  • Oenanthe japonica

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Oenanthe javanica 'Flamingo' - Variegated water dropwort

    Oenanthe javanica 'Flamingo' - Variegated water dropwort The beautiful tricolour foliage is pink, white and green in spring, maturing to a darker green and pink in autumn. Tiny, creamy white flowers in umbels appear in mid-summer. Pond ready –...

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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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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    RHS Gold Merit
    sold out
    Primula Veris

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Primula Veris - Cowslip

    Primula Veris - Cowslip Our common native cowslip produces several clusters of small yellow flowers on 15cm tall stems. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Apr - Jun Growth Rate: Slow Max Height:...

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  • British Native
    sold out
    Rumex hydrolapathum - Great water dock RUMHYD

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Rumex hydrolapathum - Great water dock

    Rumex hydrolapathum - Great water dock Bold, dark green dock-like leaves. Large flower spike.  Not suitable for small or ornamental ponds Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Sep Growth Rate:...

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    Dierama pulcherrimum - Angel's fishing rod

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Dierama pulcherrimum - Angel's fishing rod

    Dierama pulcherrimum - Angel's fishing rod The Dierama pulcherrimum has pink bell-like flowers on a curving stem, it is also sometimes called wedding bells. Angel's fishing rod is not aquatic but it's elegant flowers look beautiful when...

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    Iris louisiana - Her Highness

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Iris louisiana - Her Highness

    Iris louisiana - Her Highness Snow white flowers with just a hint of yellow.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Jul Growth Rate: Medium Max...

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  • RHS Gold Merit
    sold out
    Ranunculus acris Flore Pleno - Yellow bachelors buttons

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Ranunculus acris Flore Pleno - Yellow bachelors buttons

    Ranunculus acris Flore Pleno - Yellow bachelors buttons Masses of small yellow tight double button-like flowers are produced on almost leafless stems.  Related to the wild buttercup but more confined and ideal for wildflower gardens. Pond ready...

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    Zephyranthes candida - White rain lily

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Zephyranthes candida - White rain lily

    Zephyranthes candida - White rain lily White, crocus - like flowers late summer/early autumn. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Aug - Sep Growth Rate: Slow Max Height: 30cm Recommended Planting Depth: 0cm -...

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  • British Native
    Juncus inflexus

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Juncus inflexus - Hard rush

    Juncus inflexus - Hard rush Tall blue/grey slender leaved rush.  May self-seed in optimum growing conditionsPond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: June - Aug Growth Rate: Medium Max Height: 60cm Recommended...

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  • British Native
    sold out
    Phalaris arundinacea - Reed canary grass

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Phalaris arundinacea - Reed canary grass

    Phalaris arundinacea - Reed canary grass Vigorous grassy green foliage, popular with landscapers for native planting schemes to provide cover for wildfowl. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Jul Growth...

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  • RHS Gold Merit
    Not Hardy
    Cyperus papyrus - Egyptian paper rush

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Cyperus papyrus - Egyptian paper rush

    Cyperus papyrus - Egyptian paper rush Has mop-like heads of spikelets on triangular stems. It is almost certain that Moses' cradle was made from this plant. It makes an excellent house plant which will be evergreen provided the temperature remains over...

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  • Perfect For Pollinators
    sold out
    Iris ensata 'Rose Queen'

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Iris ensata 'Rose Queen'

    Iris ensata 'Rose Queen' Pale lilac-pink flowers with a deeper shade towards the base, stand above the clump forming Iris type leaves.As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Phalaris arundinacea

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Phalaris arundinacea var picta - Gardeners garters

    Phalaris arundinacea var picta - Gardeners garters An attractive grass type aquatic with narrow leaves that are boldly striped with white, pale and dark green.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul -...

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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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