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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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  • British Native
    Equisetum hyemale - Dutch rush

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
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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
    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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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
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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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    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
    Typha latifolia - Greater reed mace

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    Typha latifolia - Greater reed mace

    Typha latifolia - Greater reed mace This is the common bulrush, it is taller and more vigorous than any other. It has dark chocolate coloured seed heads. Not recommended for garden ponds it is better in large lakes. Pond ready – This plant comes...

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  • British Native
    Sparganium erectum - Branched bur-reed

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    Sparganium erectum - Branched bur-reed

    Sparganium erectum - Branched bur-reed A very quick growing native, it is popular with landscapers for native planting schemes to provide cover for wildfowl. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Aug Growth...

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    Pontederia cordata lanceolata - Giant pickerel weed

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    Pontederia cordata lanceolata - Giant pickerel weed

    Pontederia cordata lanceolata - Giant pickerel weed As Pontederia cordata but much taller, with longer flower spikes. It is free flowering and makes an excellent addition to any pond. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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  • British Native
    Scirpus lacustris

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    Scirpus lacustris - Clubrush

    Scirpus lacustris - Clubrush A dark green rush with clusters of chocolate brown flowers near top of stems. Popular with landscapers for native planting schemes to provide cover for wildfowl.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
    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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  • Typha gracilis - Medium bulrush - Medium reedmace

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    Typha gracilis - Medium bulrush - Medium reedmace

    Typha gracilis - Medium bulrush - Medium reedmace A smaller typha this is excellent for medium and large ponds. It has milk chocolate coloured seed heads. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Sep Growth...

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    Typha laxmannii

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    Typha laxmannii - Graceful Cattail - Slender reedmace

    Typha laxmannii - Graceful Cattail - Slender reedmace A smaller Typha this is excellent for medium and large ponds. It has milk chocolate coloured seed heads when mature, similar to gracillis in colour, but slightly longer. Pond ready – This...

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    Scirpus lacustris tab Zebrinus - Zebra rush

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    Scirpus lacustris tab Zebrinus - Zebra rush

    Scirpus lacustris tab Zebrinus - Zebra rush A striking plant standing erect and over 1 m tall.  Shorter than S. Albescens, but not as strong.  It has striking green and white markings in horizontal bands. Pond ready – This plant comes...

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  • British Native
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    Cyperus longus - Sweet galingale

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    Cyperus longus - Sweet galingale

    Cyperus longus - Sweet galingale Dark green grass-like pendulous foliage with brown flowers.  This plant makes good cover for wildlife in large ponds or lakes.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Aug -...

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    Thalia dealbata - Powdery alligator flag - Hardy water canna

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    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...

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  • Not Hardy
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    Cyperus alternifolius - Umbrella Palm

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    Cyperus alternifolius - Umbrella Palm

    Cyperus alternifolius - Umbrella Palm So called because of the shape of its umbels of grassy spikelets.  It makes a popular house plant and is excellent for those who overwater their house plants, as you can't with this one.Pond ready – This...

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  • RHS Gold Merit
    Not Hardy
    Cyperus papyrus - Egyptian paper rush

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    Cyperus papyrus - Egyptian paper rush

    Cyperus papyrus - Egyptian paper rush Has mop-like heads of spikelets on triangular stems. It is almost certain that Moses' cradle was made from this plant. It makes an excellent house plant which will be evergreen provided the temperature remains over...

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  • British Native
    Carex riparia - Greater pond sedge

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    Carex riparia - Greater pond sedge

    Carex riparia  - Greater pond sedge A coarse grass with broad leaves and brown spikelets. It is larger than the other sedges which makes it popular with landscapers for architectural, native plating schemes.Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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    Scirpus tabernaemontani 'Albescens' - Striped bulrush

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    Scirpus tabernaemontani 'Albescens' - Striped bulrush

    Scirpus tabernaemontani 'Albescens' - Striped bulrush Tall cylindrical hollow foliage with green and white vertical variegations. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Sep Growth Rate: Fast Max Height:...

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    Phragmites australis Variegatus

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    Phragmites australis Variegatus - Variegated Norfolk reed

    Phragmites australis Variegatus - Variegated Norfolk reed Yellow and green variegated foliage.  A useful and attractive plant for filtration beds and not as vigorous as Phragmites australis Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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  • Half Hardy
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    Arundo donax variegata - Variegated giant reed grass

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    Arundo donax variegata - Variegated giant reed grass

    Arundo donax variegata - Variegated giant reed grass This is a tall striking ornamental grass with green and white striped leaves that will attract attention in any garden.  Ideal in the bog garden. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted...

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    Typha latifolia variegata - Variegated greater reed mace

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    Typha latifolia variegata - Variegated greater reed mace

    Typha latifolia variegata - Variegated greater reed mace Very attractive long green and creamy-white variegated leaves blend with the light brown cigar shaped seed heads. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul...

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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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