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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Geum rivale - Water avens

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    Geum rivale - Water avens

    Geum rivale - Water avens This prolific flowering plant produces delicate nodding bell-shaped pinkie-red flowers continuously from May through to September.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Sep Growth...

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    Persicaria bistorta - Adderwort

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    Persicaria bistorta - Adderwort

    Persicaria bistorta - Adderwort Attractive prominently veined, ovate leaves up to 30cm long have poker shaped bottle brush like mauve-pink flowers rise above them. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul -...

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    Eupatorium cannabinum

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    Eupatorium cannabinum - Hemp agrimony - Dutch agrimony

    Eupatorium cannabinum - Hemp agrimony  - Dutch agrimony A tall native marginal with bold, domed shaped clusters of tiny, fluffy, dusty pink flower heads in late summer and early autumn.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Allium schoenoprasum

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    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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    Lychnis flos cuculi 'Terry's Pink' - Dwarf ragged robin

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    Lychnis flos cuculi 'Terry's Pink' - Dwarf ragged robin

    Lychnis flos cuculi 'Terry's Pink' - Dwarf ragged robin A more compact version of Lychnis flos-cuculi. The flower stem is just as tall but the plant is more compact. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May -...

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     Butterbur Petasites hybridus

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    Petasites hybridus - Butterbur

    Petasites hybridus - Butterbur The pink club-like flowers appear, sometimes as early as February. The large round leaves about 30cm in diameter are a little like a miniature gunnera. The leaves were used to wrap around butter before the days of...

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    Physostegia virginiana - Obedient plant

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    Physostegia virginiana - Obedient plant

    Physostegia virginiana - Obedient plant Sharply toothed leaves are lanceolate and mid-green with pink or mauve flower spikes. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Aug Growth Rate: Slow 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.

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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