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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
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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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  • Oxygenator
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    Scirpus cernuus - Fibre optic plant

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    Scirpus cernuus - Fibre optic plant

    Scirpus cernuus  - Fibre optic plant Attractive evergreen has an apt common name. The glassy threadlike leaves have minute white spikes on the tips of each leaf. Trim in early spring Flowers: July - September Growth Rate: Slow Depth: 0- 10cm...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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  • Juncus effusus var spiralis

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    Juncus effusus var spiralis - Corkscrew rush

    Juncus effusus var spiralis - Corkscrew rush This evergreen is a must-have for any small pond. It has an unusual corkscrew twist to the cylindrical foliage. Although evergreen, cutting it back in early spring encourages fresh new growth.Pond ready...

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  • British Native
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    Potentilla palustris - Marsh cinquefoil

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    Potentilla palustris - Marsh cinquefoil

    Potentilla palustris - Marsh cinquefoil Pretty, sharply jagged toothed leaves divided into leaflets.  The stem is a reddish brown vine-like structure from which the red-purple flowers extend. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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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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    Mimulus cardinalis - Scarlet monkey flower

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    Mimulus cardinalis - Scarlet monkey flower

    Mimulus cardinalis - Scarlet monkey flower Downy light green leaves with pretty tubular scarlet flowers that bloom throughout the summer. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Aug Growth Rate: Fast Max...

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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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  • 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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  • British Native
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    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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    Eleocharis palustris

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    Eleocharis palustris - Common spike-rush

    Eleocharis palustris - Common spike-rush A mat forming perennial plant with fine grass-like foliage and smooth un-branched upright stems.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Aug Growth Rate: Fast Max...

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    Scrophularia auriculata

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    Scrophularia auriculata - Water figwort

    Scrophularia auriculata - Water figwort Tall heart-shaped nettle-like leaves on square stem.  Small maroon flowers appear in summer Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Sep Growth Rate: Medium Max...

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    Caltha palustris Alba - White Himalayan Marigold

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    Caltha palustris Alba - White Himalayan Marigold

    Caltha palustris Alba - White Himalayan Marigold A little less prolific flowering than caltha palustris, but once mature it always has a second flowering later in the year.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Mar...

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  • British Native
    Juncus maritimus

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    Juncus maritimus - Sea Rush

    Juncus maritimus - Sea Rush The thin stems arch gracefully with tufts of brownish flowers produced below the sharp pointed stem tip. As it's name suggests, it can tolerate sea spray and slightly brackish water.Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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  • Oenanthe japonica

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    Oenanthe javanica 'Flamingo' - Variegated water dropwort

    Oenanthe javanica 'Flamingo' - Variegated water dropwort The beautiful tricolour foliage is pink, white and green in spring, maturing to a darker green and pink in autumn. Tiny, creamy white flowers in umbels appear in mid-summer. Pond ready –...

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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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    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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    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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  • louisiana waihi wedding iris

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    Iris Louisiana - Waihi Wedding

    Iris louisiana waihi wedding White ruffled flowers with attractive lime green throat and signals. As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: June - Jul Growth...

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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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    Iris louisiana 'Arabian Bayou'

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    Iris louisiana 'Arabian Bayou'

    Iris louisiana 'Arabian Bayou' As with all Louisiana iris, this has beautiful, large flowers. Has yellow & white petals with a green throat. As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Physostegia virginiana - Obedient plant

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    Physostegia virginiana - Obedient plant

    Physostegia virginiana - Obedient plant Sharply toothed leaves are lanceolate and mid-green with pink or mauve flower spikes. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Aug Growth Rate: Slow Max Height:...

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  • Iris Hush Money Louisiana

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    Iris Louisiana - Hush Money

    Iris louisiana hush money Attractive white flowers with pale blue overtones. Gold / yellow throat and signals. As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: June -...

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    Scrophularia auriculata variegata - Variegated water figwort

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    Scrophularia auriculata variegata - Variegated water figwort

    Scrophularia auriculata variegata - Variegated water figwort Attractive and striking cream and green variegated leaves tend to hide the somewhat insignificant maroon flowers.  A great addition to a pond Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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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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