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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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    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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    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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  • Mentha cervina - Water spearmint

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    Mentha cervina - Water spearmint

    Mentha cervina - Water spearmint Aromatic plant covered with lilac flower heads. It has a spearmint smell. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Oct Growth Rate: Medium Max Height: 40cm Recommended...

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  • Juncus ensifolius

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    Juncus ensifolius - Flying hedgehogs

    Juncus ensifolius - Flying hedgehogs Bright green, grass-like foliage is topped with numerous very dark brown seed heads making it an attractive and unusual addition to a pond and giving it it's common name.Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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    Mentha puleguim - Pennyroyal Pudding grass

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    Mentha pulegium - Pennyroyal Pudding grass

    Mentha pulegium - Pennyroyal Pudding grass A creeping variety with small leaves and, as member of the Mentha family, it has a minty smell. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Oct Growth Rate: Medium Max...

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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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  • Acorus Gramineus Ogon

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    Acorus Gramineus Ogon - Golden Variegated Sweet Flag

    Acorus Gramineus Ogon - Golden Variegated Sweet Flag This variegated semi-evergreen has aromatic, showy bright yellow & green striped foliage that grows in attractive wide fans forming large low growing clumps.Pond ready – This plant comes...

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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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    Hypericum tetrapterum

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    Hypericum tetrapterum - Square stalked St John`s Wort

    Hypericum tetrapterum - Square stalked St John`s Wort Small creeping perennial. Soft round leaves with yellow flowers in clustersPond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Sep Growth Rate: Slow Max Height:...

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  • Acorus Gramineus Variegatus

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    Acorus Gramineus Variegatus - Variegated Slender Sweet Flag

    Acorus Gramineus Variegatus - Variegated Slender Sweet Flag This is as Acorus gramineus Ogon but the leaves are green and white variegated.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Sep Growth Rate: Slow Max...

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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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    Allium schoenoprasum

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    Allium schoenoprasum - Chives

    Allium schoenoprasum - Chives Grass-like tubular, mid-green leaves with pretty rose-pink flowers.  Chives are attractive, prolific flowering and have been used in cooking and medicine for thousands of years. Pond ready – This plant comes...

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  • Dichromena colorata - Star Grass

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    Dichromena colorata - Star Grass

    Dichromena colorata - Star Grass A fantastic plant for late in the season as the attractive green and white, star-shaped bracts rise above the grass like foliage and continue into November. Making this previously insignificant plant a great addition to...

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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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    Lythrum salicaria Robert-  Loosestrife

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    Lythrum salicaria Robert- Loosestrife

    Lythrum salicaria Robert-  Loosestrife A more compact form of Lythrum salicaria Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Sep Growth Rate: Medium Max Height: 80cm Recommended Planting Depth: 0cm -...

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    Lobelia siphilitica

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    Lobelia siphilitica - Great Blue Lobelia

    Lobelia siphilitica - Great Blue Lobelia This showy perennial has lanceolate, light green leaves. The erect stems produce lavender-blue, tubular flowers crowded together on the upper part. The species name is based on the fact that it was a supposed...

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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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  • Gratiola officinalis - Summer Snowflake

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    Gratiola officinalis - Summer Snowflake

    Gratiola officinalis - Summer Snowflake Pretty spires of white or pink flowers are located in the axils of the leaves.  In Switzerland it grows abundantly in damp pastures and can be dangerous to cattle.Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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    Lobelia siphilitica alba - White Lobelia

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    Lobelia siphilitica alba - White Lobelia

    Lobelia siphilitica alba - White Lobelia A handsome variety with beautiful bright white flower spikes that rise above the light green lanceolate leaves.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Aug -...

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    Lychnis flos cuculi 'Terry's Pink' - Dwarf ragged robin

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    Lychnis flos cuculi 'Terry's Pink' - Dwarf ragged robin

    Lychnis flos cuculi 'Terry's Pink' - Dwarf ragged robin A more compact version of Lychnis flos-cuculi. The flower stem is just as tall but the plant is more compact. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May -...

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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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