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Marginal Pond Plants

What are marginal pond plants

Marginal pond plants grow in the shallow edges of your pond, often in aquatic planting baskets. Marginal aquatic plants bring shape to the water edge, they also provide splashes of colour throughout the growing season.



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    Ceratophyllum demersum - Hornwort - 5 Loose Bunches

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    Ceratophyllum demersum - Hornwort - 5 Loose Bunches

    Ceratophyllum demersum - Hornwort Oxygenator Pond Plants - 5 x Loose Bunches Dark green with rigid, branching stems densely clothed with foliage Loose/Free-floating  Flowers: May to July Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 30 - 150cm Max Height:...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    Myosotis scorpioides - Water forget me not

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    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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    Hottonia palustris

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    Hottonia palustris - Water Violet - Pack of 5 Bunches

    5 x Hottonia palustris - Water Violet Bunched Aquatic Ponds Plants Charming native, bearing handsome, pinnately-divided foliage & whorls of lilac flowers Flowers: June - August Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 5 - 80cm Max Height: 15 -...

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    Weighted Bunches
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    Fontinalis antipyretica - Willow moss - Bunched

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    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

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    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
    Caltha palustris - Marsh Marigold

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    Caltha palustris - Marsh Marigold, Kingcup

    Caltha palustris - Marsh Marigold, Kingcup a UK native pond plant that once established, 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...

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  • British Native
    Weighted Bunches
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    Callitriche stagnalis - Starwort -  Pack of 5 Bunches

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    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

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    Iris pseudacorus - Yellow Flag

    Iris pseudacorus - Yellow Flag The only UK native aquatic iris, it will grow extremely well in boggy soil. and can achieve quite a remarkable height. As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted...

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    Great British Native Marginal Pond Plant Collection

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    Great British Native Marginal Pond Plant Collection

    Great British Native Marginal Plant Collection Pond ready – These plants come ready potted in aquatic soil with baskets Show your love for Britain’s unique native flora with our selection of the best native marginal plants available. Native...

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    Butomus umbellatus - Flowering rush

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    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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  • British Native
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    Persicaria amphibia - Amphibious bistort

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    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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    British Native
    Eleocharis acicularis

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    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
    Hippuris vulgaris

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    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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    Perfect For Pollinators
    Cardamine pratensis

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    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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  • Wildlife Welcoming
    encourages wild life to the pond

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    Marginal Pond Plant Collection for Wildlife

    Marginal Plant Collection for Wildlife   Some marginal plants are particularly good for attracting wildlife, not only helping hide small critters underwater, or allowing insects to emerge when they turn from larval stages to adults, but also...

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    Scirpus cernuus - Fibre optic plant

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    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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  • British Native
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    Mentha aquatica

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    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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  • Marginal Pond Plant Collection for Colour

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    Marginal Pond 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
    Perfect For Pollinators
    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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    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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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.

Benefits of marginal pond plants 

Many species of marginal plants also work to maintain the health and vitality of your pond and its inhabitants. Veronica Beccabunga is one of the best marginal pond plants for shade as it will raft across the water surface, providing protection for fish, reducing sunlight and help to hinder algae growth.
Marginal pond plants such as grasses are especially useful for removing excess nutrients from the water while native marginal pond plants such as Mimulus are fast surface spreaders, creating shade as well as contrast with taller plants.

How should I plant my marginal pond plants?

In most cases aquatic pond plants are planted into aquatic baskets lined with a hessian liner topped with gravel to stop the soil escaping. However it is also possible to design integral planting areas in your pond which can look more natural and especially good for wildlife ponds. Check out our step by step planting guides or our design pages for guides on building a integral pond planting area.

How many marginal plants do I need? 

The table below is a guide to the number of marginal plants required to establish a new pond.

Pond Surface Area 2m2  4m2  6m2  8m2 10m2  12m2
Deep Marginal 1 2 2 5 6 8
Marginal Plants 8 14 18 24 30 36

 

How to look after marginal pond plants

All plant varieties vary slightly. Please follow individual advice for plants, however as a general rule, remove foliage as it dies back in the autumn, avoiding dead plant matter breaking down potentiality impacting water quality and affecting fish health. If plants only need cutting back or reducing, Spring is usually the best time giving the pond inhabitants the benefit of the plant's shelter over winter.

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