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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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    Caltha palustris - Marsh Marigold

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    Caltha palustris - Marsh Marigold, Kingcup

    Caltha palustris - Marsh Marigold, Kingcup Once established it 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 soil Flowers: Mar - Apr Growth...

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    Iris pseudacorus

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    Iris pseudacorus - Yellow Flag

    Iris pseudacorus - Yellow Flag The only native aquatic iris, it can be vigorous in boggy soil. It is the origin of the famous Royal French emblem, Fleur-de-lys.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. Pond ready – This plant...

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    Lysimachia nummularia - Creeping jenny

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    Lysimachia nummularia - Creeping jenny

    Lysimachia nummularia - Creeping jenny Excellent for ground cover and blending in the edge of a pond as it will grow on dry ground and can float across the surface of the water. It will also hang gracefully from raised pond edges.  A little more...

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    Ranunculus flammula

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    Ranunculus flammula - Lesser spearwort

    Ranunculus flammula - Lesser spearwort Lanceolate leaves with branching stems hold a large numbers of little yellow buttercup-type flowers.  Ranunculus means 'little frog'. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • Orontium

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    Orontium aquaticum - Golden Club

    Orontium aquaticum - Golden Club This unusual plant has attractive yellow flower spikes on white stems. It has numerous flowers prior to the leaves growing large ensuring they stand out clearly. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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    Caltha palustris Plena

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    Caltha palustris Plena- Double Marsh Marigold

    Caltha palustris Plena - Double Marsh Marigold As Caltha palustris, but with beautiful double yellow flowers in early spring. It was first discovered and cultivated in Austria in the late 16th century.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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  • Cotula coronopifolia

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    Cotula coronopifolia - Brass buttons

    Cotula coronopifolia - Brass buttons A pretty creeping plant, with numerous bright yellow flowers like buttons.  The seeds can be collected and sown under glass in February/March or sown outside in April/May.Pond ready – This plant comes...

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    Iris pseudacorus bastardii

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    Iris pseudacorus bastardii

    Iris pseudacorus bastardii Vigorous broad green foliage with lovely pale creamy-yellow flowers which make it an attractive alternative to Iris pseudacorus. As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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    Mimulus guttatus - Common monkeyflower

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    Mimulus guttatus - Common monkeyflower

    Mimulus guttatus - Common monkeyflower Numerous bright yellow flowers with small reddish spots throughout the summer make it a popular plant for the bog or water garden. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun -...

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    Hypericum tetrapterum

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    Hypericum tetrapterum - Square stalked St John`s Wort

    Hypericum tetrapterum - Square stalked St John`s Wort Small creeping perennial. Soft round leaves with yellow flowers in clustersPond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Sep Growth Rate: Slow Max Height:...

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    Lysimachia nummularia aurea - Golden creeping jenny

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    Lysimachia nummularia aurea - Golden creeping jenny

    Lysimachia nummularia aurea - Golden creeping jenny As Lysimachia nummularia but with a golden rather than rich green leaf colour. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Aug Growth Rate: Medium Max Height:...

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    Hypericum elodes - Marsh St John's wort

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    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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    Caltha palustris polypetala

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    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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    Sisyrinchium californicum

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    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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    Ranunculus lingua Grandiflorus - Spearwort

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    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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    Iris pseudacorus Variegata

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    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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    Ranunculus acris Flore Pleno - Yellow bachelors buttons

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    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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    Euphorbia palustris

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    Euphorbia palustris - Marsh spurge

    Euphorbia palustris - Marsh spurge Bright greenish-yellow flowers form in large terminal clusters in late spring. The fresh-green leaves often turn yellow and orange in autumn.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • Iris pseudacorus 'Flore Pleno'

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    Iris pseudacorus 'Flore Pleno'

    Iris pseudacorus 'Flore Pleno' Very striking, bright deep lemon yellow double flowers.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - July Growth Rate:...

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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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