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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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    Mimulus luteus 'Queen's Prize'

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    Mimulus luteus 'Queen's Prize'

    Mimulus luteus 'Queen's Prize' Very free flowering, bright yellow flowers with reddish blotches throughout the summer makes this a popular plant for the bog or water garden. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers:...

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    Mimulus cupreus 'Red Emperor'

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    Mimulus cupreus 'Red Emperor'

    Mimulus cupreus 'Red Emperor' Covered in numerous attractive bright red trumpet-shaped flowers all summer. It has oval, toothed leaves, A little more compact than Mimulus guttatus. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Lobelia vedrariensis - Purple Lobelia

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    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...

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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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    Tulbaghia violacea - Society garlic

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    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:...

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    Zephyranthes candida - White rain lily

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    Zephyranthes candida - White rain lily

    Zephyranthes candida - White rain lily White, crocus - like flowers late summer/early autumn. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Aug - Sep Growth Rate: Slow Max Height: 30cm Recommended Planting Depth: 0cm -...

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    Hosta 'Francee'

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    Hosta 'Francee'

    Hosta 'Francee' Ovate leaves with white margins and lavender/blue funnel shaped flowers. As with all hostas they do best in partly shaded areas where the soil remains moist. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers:...

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    Hosta 'Bressingham Blue'

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    Hosta 'Bressingham Blue'

    Hosta 'Bressingham Blue' Striking blue leaves make it an attractive addition to a shady moist area. The white flowers stand elegantly above the leaves. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Aug Growth Rate:...

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    Hosta 'Wide Brim'

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    Hosta 'Wide Brim'

    Hosta 'Wide Brim' Large patterned yellow and green leaves with lavender flowers. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Aug Growth Rate: Medium Max Height: 45cm Recommended Planting Depth: 0cm (moisture...

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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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