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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 - Bunched Pack of 5

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    Ceratophyllum demersum - Hornwort - Bunched Pack of 5

    5 x Ceratophyllum demersum - Hornwort Oxygenator Pond Plants Dark green with rigid, branching stems densely clothed with foliage Flowers: May to July Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 30 - 150cm Max Height: Grows to the surface of the water Native...

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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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    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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    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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    Hydrocotyle nova zealand

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    Hydrocotyle nova zealand - Miniature pennywort

    Hydrocotyle nova zealand - Miniature pennywort - Oxygenator Plants  Minute round leaves – spreading habit Flowers: April - June Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 0 - 25cm Max Height: 10 - 15cm Native to British Isles: Yes Perfect For...

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    Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides variegata

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    Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides variegata - Crystal confetti

    Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides variegata - Crystal confetti - Oxygenator Plants  Forms a carpet of miniature round leaves edged with cream Flowers: April - June Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 0 - 25cm Max Height: 10 - 15cm Native to British...

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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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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    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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    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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Houttuynia cordata ‘Plena’ - Orange peel plant

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    Houttuynia cordata ‘Plena’ - Orange peel plant

    Houttuynia cordata ‘Plena’ - Orange peel plant It has white flowers, made of numerous bracts, which are prolific from May to September. The leaves, as other Houttuynias, have an attractive orange peel scent, hence it's common name.Pond ready...

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    Lychnis flos-cuculi 'White Robin'

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    Lychnis flos-cuculi 'White Robin'

    Lychnis flos-cuculi 'White Robin' The white flowered version of Lychnis flos-cuculi Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Aug Growth Rate: Slow Max Height: 100cm Recommended Planting Depth: 0cm -...

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    Baldellia ranunculoides  - Lesser water plantain

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    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 -...

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    Carex elata

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    Carex elata 'Aurea' - Golden sedge

    Carex elata 'Aurea'  - Golden sedge Most decorative sedge for shallow water, with beautiful, rich golden-yellow foliage.  Difficult to differentiate from Carex riparia 'Bowles Golden'.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Carex pseudocyperus - Cyperus sedge

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    Carex pseudocyperus - Cyperus sedge

    Carex pseudocyperus - Cyperus sedge Bright green, grassy leaves with drooping, many flowered spikelets, popular with landscapers for native planting schemes to provide cover for wildfowl.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • Houttuynia cordata

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    Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo'

    Houttuynia cordata 'Boo Boo' The colourful, scented leaves turn bright red in Autumn. The leaves have an interestingly crinkled effect, unlike the other Houttuynia, this variety is a slightly darker in colour than Chameleon.Pond ready – This plant...

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    Carex panicea  - Carnation sedge

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    Carex panicea - Carnation sedge

    Carex panicea  - Carnation sedge This native sedge forms an attractive clump of bluish slender leaves.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Aug Growth Rate: Slow Max Height: 30cm Recommended Planting...

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    Lysichiton camtschatcensis - White Skunk cabbage

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    Lysichiton camtschatcensis - White Skunk cabbage

    Lysichiton camtschatcensis - White Skunk cabbage As Lysichiton americanus but with white flowers and slightly shorter growing. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Apr - May Growth Rate: Slow Max Height:...

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  • Mazus reptans - Chinese marshflower

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    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...

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  • Mazus reptans Alba

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    Mazus reptans Alba - Chinese marshflower

    Mazus reptans Alba - Chinese marshflower A white version of Mazus reptans. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Aug Growth Rate: Slow Max Height: 5cm Recommended Planting Depth: 0cm - 5cm Native to...

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    Menyanthes trifoliata - Bog bean

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    Menyanthes trifoliata - Bog bean

    Menyanthes trifoliata - Bog bean A rambling plant with trifoliate olive-green foliage that creeps over the surface of the water.  The attractive white flowers are tipped with pink.  An infusion of the roots used to be used as a tonic for...

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    Carex muskingumensis

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    Carex muskingumensis - Musk sedge

    Carex muskingumensis  - Musk sedge An architectural plant with light green feathered finely tapering leaves.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Jul Growth Rate: Slow Max Height: 75cm Recommended...

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    Perfect For Pollinators
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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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    Myosotis scorpioides variegata - Variegated water forget-me-not

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    Myosotis scorpioides variegata - Variegated water forget-me-not

    Myosotis scorpioides variegata - Variegated water forget-me-not Blue flowers surmount striking green and white variegated leaves Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Sep Growth Rate: Medium 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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