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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Mimulus ringens

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    Mimulus ringens - Lavender musk

    Mimulus ringens - Lavender musk Longer & narrower leaves than the other Mimulus varieties with small violet-blue flowers on tall stems. A native of eastern and central North America Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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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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    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
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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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    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 'Pegaletta'

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    Iris louisiana - Pegaletta

    Iris louisiana 'Pegaletta' It has striking purple flowers with a yellow throat. As with all Louisiana iris, the flowers are large & showy, typically 12cm in diameter. Iris tubers are harmful if eaten.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted...

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    Cyperus papyrus percamenthus - Dwarf Egyptian paper rush

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    Cyperus papyrus percamenthus - Dwarf Egyptian paper rush

    Cyperus papyrus percamenthus - Dwarf Egyptian paper rush A miniature version of Cyperus papyrus, making it a stunning addition to a small pond or conservatory. Has mop-like heads of spikelets on triangular stems. It makes an excellent house plant which...

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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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