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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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    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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  • British Native
    Oxygenator
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    Hottonia palustris - Water Violet - Pack of 5 Bunches

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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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  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • British Native
    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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    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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  • British Native
    Typha angustifolia - Lesser bulrush - reedmace - narrowleaf cattail

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    Typha angustifolia - Lesser bulrush - reedmace - narrowleaf cattail

    Typha angustifolia - Lesser bulrush - reedmace - narrowleaf cattail Smaller than Typha latifolia but still a large typha with dark chocolate coloured seed heads.  It is reported that the roots have been used in Asia to combat dysentery.  The...

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    Marsilea quadrifolia - Water shamrock

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    Marsilea quadrifolia - Water shamrock

    Marsilea quadrifolia - Water shamrock Aquatic Ponds Plants Clover like leaves – low spreading habit Flowers: June - August Growth Rate: Invasive Depth: 0 - 25cm Max Height: 8 - 15cm Native to British Isles: No Perfect For...

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  • British Native
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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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    Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum  - Water Cress

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    Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum - Water Cress

    Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum  - Water Cress Dark green foliage with small white flowers.  Commonly called watercress it is one of the oldest known leaf vegetables. It should only be eaten if grown in a known clean water source. Pond ready...

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    Carex acuta

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    Carex acuta - slender-tufted sedge

    Carex acuta - slender-tufted sedge A tall slender tufted sedge that grows in rivers, streams and lakes throughout the British Isles.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Aug Growth Rate: Medium Max Height:...

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    Sagittaria sagittifolia

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    Sagittaria sagittifolia - Arrowhead

    Sagittaria sagittifolia - Arrowhead Long arrow-shaped leaves. White flowers with dark purple almost black centres.  The tubers are reported to be edible but we would not advise this. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • British Native
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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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    Stachys palustris

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    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...

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  • British Native
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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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  • British Native
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    Phragmites australis

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    Phragmites australis - Norfolk or common reed

    Phragmites australis - Norfolk or common reed Strong growing grass with broad glossy leaves that turn brown in autumn and purple or violet flowers.  This plant is frequently used in sewage treatment beds and it is still used for thatching. Pond...

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  • British Native
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    Alisma plantago aquaticum

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    Alisma plantago aquaticum - Water plantain

    Alisma plantago aquaticum - Water plantain  When mature this plant sends up many flower stems with multiple delicate white flowers and broad, lanceolate leaves.  It is also said to be a cure for rabies hence it is sometimes called Mad Dog weed...

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    Veronica beccabunga - Brooklime

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    Veronica beccabunga - Brooklime

    Veronica beccabunga - Brooklime Very prolific succulent plant having smooth ovate leaves with clusters of blue flowers. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Sep Growth Rate: Fast Max Height:...

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  • British Native
    Juncus effusus

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    Juncus effusus - Soft rush - Smooth rush

    Juncus effusus - Soft rush - Smooth rush Very erect, dark green stems and brown seed heads. Clumps will spread by creeping rhizomes. Can self seed.  It was used to be make into mats and was probably the rush strewn over the floor in many of...

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    Myosotis scorpioides 'Snowflakes' - White water forget-me-not MYOSSN

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    Myosotis scorpioides 'Snowflakes' - White water forget-me-not

    Myosotis scorpioides 'Snowflakes' - White water forget-me-not As Myosotis scorpioides but with white flowers. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Sep Growth Rate: Medium Max Height: 30cm Recommended...

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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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  • Houttuynia cordata

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    Houttuynia cordata `Chameleon' - Harlequin plant

    Houttuynia cordata `Chameleon' - Harlequin plant This very popular, brightly coloured plant has red, yellow and green scented leaves. The dense yellow flower spikes have 4 white bracts at the base, making them look like single white flowers.Pond ready...

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    Eriophorum angustifolium

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    Eriophorum angustifolium - Cotton grass - Bog cotton

    Eriophorum angustifolium - Cotton grass - Bog cotton A beautiful native plant with grass type foliage and fluffy heads of white cotton-like flowers.  The wool used to be used for stuffing pillows and to make candle wicks.  It is very hardy and...

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    Typha minima - Miniature bull rush

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    Typha minima - Miniature bull rush

    Typha minima - Miniature bull rush A miniature version, this has delicate round milk chocolate coloured brown seed heads and is ideal for small ponds. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Sep 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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