close
close
close
0% Interest Free Finance Visit Our Stores Price Promise Easy Returns FREE DELIVERY on most orders over £60*

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.



Filter:
  • British Native
    Oxygenator
    sold out
    Hottonia palustris - Water Violet - Pack of 5 Bunches

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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 -...

    Now: £10.99
    £10.99
  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    sold out
    Cardamine pratensis

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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 -...

    From £11.99 £11.99
  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    sold out
    Lythrum salicaria - Purple loosestrife

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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...

    From £11.99 £11.99
  • Perfect For Pollinators
    sold out
    Iris versicolor - Blue flag - Poison flag

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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...

    From £11.99 £11.99
  • Perfect For Pollinators
    Iris louisiana 'Black Gamecock'

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Iris louisiana 'Black Gamecock'

    Iris louisiana 'Black Gamecock' Stunning, giant, deep purple, near-black blooms adorn this beautiful Iris.  As with all louisiana iris it is ideal for the pond as it loves plenty of moisture.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten...

    From £11.99 £11.99
  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    sold out
    Stachys palustris

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Stachys palustris - Marsh woundwort

    Stachys palustris - Marsh woundwort This free-flowering plant is covered in bumble bee attracting spikes of bright purple flowers all summer.  Good for medium or large ponds. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

    From £11.99 £11.99
  • Mentha cervina - Water spearmint

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Mentha cervina - Water spearmint

    Mentha cervina - Water spearmint Aromatic plant covered with lilac flower heads. It has a spearmint smell. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Oct Growth Rate: Medium Max Height: 40cm Recommended...

    From £11.99 £11.99
  • British Native
    Mentha puleguim - Pennyroyal Pudding grass

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Mentha pulegium - Pennyroyal Pudding grass

    Mentha pulegium - Pennyroyal Pudding grass A creeping variety with small leaves and, as member of the Mentha family, it has a minty smell. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Oct Growth Rate: Medium Max...

    From £11.99 £11.99
  • British Native
    sold out
    Baldellia ranunculoides  - Lesser water plantain

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Baldellia ranunculoides - Lesser water plantain

    Baldellia ranunculoides  - Lesser water plantain A delicate little plant that produces a profusion of small, very pale lilac flowers amidst dense lime-green foliage.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May -...

    From £11.99 £11.99
  • Perfect For Pollinators
    sold out
    Iris versicolor

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Iris versicolor Kermesina

    Iris versicolor Kermesina Handsome grey-green foliage sets off rich claret-purple flowers highlighted with white veining.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

    From £11.99 £11.99
  • Mazus reptans - Chinese marshflower

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Mazus reptans - Chinese marshflower

    Mazus reptans - Chinese marshflower A native of the Himalayas, it is a low creeping marginal that forms dense mats of blue flowers that flower prolifically throughout the summer.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

    From £11.99 £11.99
  • Perfect For Pollinators
    Lobelia vedrariensis - Purple Lobelia

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Lobelia vedrariensis - Purple Lobelia

    Lobelia vedrariensis - Purple Lobelia A handsome species with narrow, red-tinged dark green leaves and tubular, deep violet-purple flowers. Harmful if eaten Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Sep Growth...

    From £11.99 £11.99
  • Perfect For Pollinators
    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 -...

    From £11.99 £11.99
  • sold out
    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...

    Now: £21.99
    £21.99
  • 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:...

    From £11.99 £11.99
  • Perfect For Pollinators
    RHS Gold Merit
    sold out
    Iris robusta 'Gerald Derby'

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Iris robusta 'Gerald Derby'

    Iris robusta 'Gerald Derby' Large mauve-blue flowers with attractive purple stained leaves. New foliage is purple with purple to black flower stems.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

    From £11.99 £11.99
  • sold out
    louisiana dancing vogue iris

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Iris Louisiana - Dancing Vogue

    Iris louisiana dancing vogue beautiful, rich, lilac ruffled flowers, with yellow signals. As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: June - Jul Growth Rate:...

    Now: £21.99
    £21.99
  • sold out
    Iris louisiana 'Pegaletta'

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Iris louisiana - Pegaletta

    Iris louisiana 'Pegaletta' It has striking purple flowers with a yellow throat. As with all Louisiana iris, the flowers are large & showy, typically 12cm in diameter. Iris tubers are harmful if eaten.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted...

    Now: £21.99
    £21.99

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.

Pond Plant Collections  |  Water Lilies  |  Deep Water Plants  |  Bog or Marsh Plants  |  Oxygenating Plants  |  Floating Plants  |  Pond Snails & Mussels

Recently viewed

Top