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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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  • Iris louisiana - Her Highness

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    Iris louisiana - Her Highness

    Iris louisiana - Her Highness Snow white flowers with just a hint of yellow.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Jul Growth Rate: Medium Max...

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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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  • 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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    Scented Plant
    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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    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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    Iris pseudacorus Variegata

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    Iris pseudacorus Variegata - Variegated yellow flag

    Iris pseudacorus Variegata - Variegated yellow flag The early leaf fans bear attractive yellow and green striped variegation, but this deepens to green as the plant matures. The yellow flowers have distinct brown markings.  As with all iris the...

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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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    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
    Great British Native Lily And Friends

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    Great British Native Lily & Friends

    Great British Native Lily & Friends Pond ready – These plants come ready potted in aquatic soil with baskets If you are looking for a way to enhance the beauty and biodiversity of your pond, look no further than our Great British Native...

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    Typha latifolia variegata

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    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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    RHS Gold Merit
    Iris robusta 'Gerald Derby'

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    Iris robusta 'Gerald Derby'

    Iris robusta 'Gerald Derby' Large mauve-blue flowers with attractive purple stained leaves. New foliage is purple with purple to black flower stems.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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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 pseudacorus 'Flore Pleno'

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    Iris pseudacorus 'Flore Pleno'

    Iris pseudacorus 'Flore Pleno' Very striking, bright deep lemon yellow double flowers.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - July Growth Rate:...

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  • White Flowers
    Wonderfully White pond plants

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    Wonderfully White Marginal Pond Plant Collection

    ‘Wonderfully White’ Marginal Plant Collection purity and innocence. It's sure to bring you happiness as you relax by your pond! Pond ready – These plants come ready potted in aquatic soil with baskets As a bonus, most white...

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  • Red Flowers
    Ravishing Red Pond Plants

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    Ravishing Reds Marginal Pond Plant Collection

    ‘Ravishing Red’ Marginal Plant Collection The colour of love. It's sure to bring you happiness as you relax by your pond! Pond ready – These plants come ready potted in aquatic soil with baskets As a bonus, most red plants are...

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    Sagittaria latifolia - Duck potato

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    Sagittaria latifolia - Duck potato

    Sagittaria latifolia - Duck potato Long, large, striking arrow-shaped leaves this is an excellent plant for structural foliage. It has small white flowers with yellow centres that turn green.  Called Duck potato as ducks like the egg shaped tubers...

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    Carex grayi - Mace sedge

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    Carex grayi - Mace sedge

    Carex grayi  - Mace sedge It forms an upright clump of fresh green leathery leaves.  The very attractive and unusual spiky seed heads are popular for flower arranging.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers:...

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  • louisiana dancing vogue iris

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    Iris Louisiana - Dancing Vogue

    Iris louisiana dancing vogue beautiful, rich, lilac ruffled flowers, with yellow 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 Rate:...

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  • Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Marshmallow' - Arum lily

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    Zantedeschia aethiopica Arum Lily - 'Marshmallow'

    Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Marshmallow' - Arum lily Glossy, arrow-shaped deep green leaves, large soft pink arum flowers with a deeper pink throat and a pink spathe. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun -...

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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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  • Mixed 8 Litre Oxygenating Plant Contour

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    Mixed 8 Litre Oxygenating Plant Contour

    Mixed 8 Litre Oxygenating Plant Contour Planted and ready to be added directly to the pond This contour includes some of the best oxygenating plants, and only the best possible selection will be picked at the nursery, depending on the time of year...

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  • Purple Flowers
    Passionate about purple pond plants

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    Passionate About Purple Marginal Pond Plant Collection

    ‘Passionate About Purple’ Marginal Plant Collection mysterious, spiritual, and imaginative. It's sure to bring you happiness as you relax by your pond! Pond ready – These plants come ready potted in aquatic soil with baskets As a...

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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.

Pond Plant Collections  |  Water Lilies  |  Deep Water Plants  |  Bog or Marsh Plants  |  Oxygenating Plants  |  Floating Plants  |  Pond Snails & Mussels

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