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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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    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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    Sagittaria sagittifolia

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    Sagittaria sagittifolia - Arrowhead

    Sagittaria sagittifolia - Arrowhead Long arrow-shaped leaves. White flowers with dark purple almost black centres.  The tubers are reported to be edible but we would not advise this. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Iris louisiana 'Black Gamecock'

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    Iris louisiana 'Black Gamecock'

    Iris louisiana 'Black Gamecock' Stunning, giant, deep purple, near-black blooms adorn this beautiful Iris.  As with all louisiana iris it is ideal for the pond as it loves plenty of moisture.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten...

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    Stachys palustris

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    Stachys palustris - Marsh woundwort

    Stachys palustris - Marsh woundwort This free-flowering plant is covered in bumble bee attracting spikes of bright purple flowers all summer.  Good for medium or large ponds. 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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    Phragmites australis

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    Phragmites australis - Norfolk or common reed

    Phragmites australis - Norfolk or common reed Strong growing grass with broad glossy leaves that turn brown in autumn and purple or violet flowers.  This plant is frequently used in sewage treatment beds and it is still used for thatching. Pond...

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  • British Native
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    Alisma plantago aquaticum

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    Alisma plantago aquaticum - Water plantain

    Alisma plantago aquaticum - Water plantain  When mature this plant sends up many flower stems with multiple delicate white flowers and broad, lanceolate leaves.  It is also said to be a cure for rabies hence it is sometimes called Mad Dog weed...

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    Veronica beccabunga - Brooklime

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    Veronica beccabunga - Brooklime

    Veronica beccabunga - Brooklime Very prolific succulent plant having smooth ovate leaves with clusters of blue flowers. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Sep Growth Rate: Fast Max Height:...

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  • British Native
    Juncus effusus

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    Juncus effusus - Soft rush - Smooth rush

    Juncus effusus - Soft rush - Smooth rush Very erect, dark green stems and brown seed heads. Clumps will spread by creeping rhizomes. Can self seed.  It was used to be make into mats and was probably the rush strewn over the floor in many of...

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  • Orontium

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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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    Myosotis scorpioides 'Snowflakes' - White water forget-me-not MYOSSN

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    Myosotis scorpioides 'Snowflakes' - White water forget-me-not

    Myosotis scorpioides 'Snowflakes' - White water forget-me-not As Myosotis scorpioides but with white flowers. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Sep Growth Rate: Medium Max Height: 30cm Recommended...

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    Myriophyllum brasiliensis red stem

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    Myriophyllum brasiliensis red stem - Red stemmed parrots feather

    Myriophyllum brasiliensis red stem - Red stemmed parrots feather  Bright green feathery foliage with red stems Flowers: June - July Growth Rate: Fast Depth: 0 - 25cm Max Height: 15 - 25cm Native to British Isles: No Perfect For...

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    Persicaria bistorta - Adderwort

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    Persicaria bistorta - Adderwort

    Persicaria bistorta - Adderwort Attractive prominently veined, ovate leaves up to 30cm long have poker shaped bottle brush like mauve-pink flowers rise above them. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul -...

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  • RHS Gold Merit
    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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  • British Native
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    Eriophorum angustifolium

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    Eriophorum angustifolium - Cotton grass - Bog cotton

    Eriophorum angustifolium - Cotton grass - Bog cotton A beautiful native plant with grass type foliage and fluffy heads of white cotton-like flowers.  The wool used to be used for stuffing pillows and to make candle wicks.  It is very hardy and...

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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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  • British Native
    Typha latifolia - Greater reed mace

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    Typha latifolia - Greater reed mace

    Typha latifolia - Greater reed mace This is the common bulrush, it is taller and more vigorous than any other. It has dark chocolate coloured seed heads. Not recommended for garden ponds it is better in large lakes. Pond ready – This plant comes...

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  • British Native
    carex pendula

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    Carex pendula - Pendulous sedge

    Carex pendula - Pendulous sedge Dark green leathery leaves grow upward then droop to form a weeping mound. The pendulous seed heads can often be seen by streams and brooks.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul...

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  • British Native
    Sparganium erectum - Branched bur-reed

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    Sparganium erectum - Branched bur-reed

    Sparganium erectum - Branched bur-reed A very quick growing native, it is popular with landscapers for native planting schemes to provide cover for wildfowl. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Aug Growth...

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    Lobelia cardinalis - Scarlet Lobelia

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    Lobelia cardinalis - Scarlet Lobelia

    Lobelia cardinalis - Scarlet Lobelia Best planted near the water edge to reflect the glorious colour of the brilliant red flowers against the green foliage.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Aug - Sep Growth...

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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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  • 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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    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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    Pontederia cordata lanceolata - Giant pickerel weed

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    Pontederia cordata lanceolata - Giant pickerel weed

    Pontederia cordata lanceolata - Giant pickerel weed As Pontederia cordata but much taller, with longer flower spikes. It is free flowering and makes an excellent addition to any pond. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Winter Pond Plant Collection

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    Winter Pond Plant Collection

    Pond Plant Collection For Winter Collection consist of 2 x 1 litre marginal plants and 1 x 1 litre deep water plant Collection examples Scirpus cernuus - Fibre optic plant Iris pseudacorus  Aponogeton distachyos - Water hawthorne Absolute...

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    Iris pseudacorus bastardii

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    Iris pseudacorus bastardii

    Iris pseudacorus bastardii Vigorous broad green foliage with lovely pale creamy-yellow flowers which make it an attractive alternative to Iris pseudacorus. As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. 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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