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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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  • Juncus ensifolius

    UK Grown Pond Plants

    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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    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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  • The Royal Marginal Pond Plant Collection

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    The Royal Marginal Pond Plant Collection

    The Royal Marginal Plant Collection  Pond ready – These plants come ready potted in aquatic soil with baskets A selection of our most royally named pond plants - Three different 1 litre plants will be selected from the following...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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    Luronium natans - Floating water plantain

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    Luronium natans - Floating water plantain

    Luronium natans - Floating water plantain This unusual, rare plant has oval leaves that float on the water surface when grown in shallow water, but narrow long leaves in deeper areas where it can be grown up to 4m deep. It flowers prolifically when very...

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  • Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough' - Arum lily

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    Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough' - Arum lily

    Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough' - Arum lily Glossy arrow-shaped leaves, large white arum flowers with a yellow spathe. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Aug Growth Rate: Slow Max Height:...

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    Iris louisiana 'Ann Chowning'

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    Iris louisiana 'Ann Chowning'

    Iris louisiana 'Ann Chowning' Velvety dark cherry red flowers with a yellow centre, it received the Mary Swords Debaillon Award, the highest given to a Louisiana iris.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten.  Pond ready –...

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  • Iris louisiana - Mixed

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    Iris louisiana - Mixed

    Iris louisiana - Mixed A mix of  louisiana Iris. Various colours.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten. Most iris prefer acidic soils. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Jul Growth...

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  • British Native
    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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    RHS Gold Merit
    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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  • 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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    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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    Carex elata

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    Carex elata 'Aurea' - Golden sedge

    Carex elata 'Aurea'  - Golden sedge Most decorative sedge for shallow water, with beautiful, rich golden-yellow foliage.  Difficult to differentiate from Carex riparia 'Bowles Golden'.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Carex pseudocyperus - Cyperus sedge

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    Carex pseudocyperus - Cyperus sedge

    Carex pseudocyperus - Cyperus sedge Bright green, grassy leaves with drooping, many flowered spikelets, popular with landscapers for native planting schemes to provide cover for wildfowl.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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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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    Calla palustris - Bog or water arum lily

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    Calla palustris - Bog or water arum lily

    Calla palustris - Bog or water arum lily A rambling plant with heart-shaped leaves, white flowers are followed by bright red seed heads. This is one of the very few plants known to be pollinated by snails as they are attracted by the flower's scent.Pond...

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    Carex panicea  - Carnation sedge

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    Carex panicea - Carnation sedge

    Carex panicea  - Carnation sedge This native sedge forms an attractive clump of bluish slender leaves.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Aug Growth Rate: Slow Max Height: 30cm Recommended Planting...

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  • Mellow Yellow Marginal Pond Plant Collection

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    Mellow Yellow Marginal Pond Plant Collection

    ‘Mellow Yellow’ Marginal Plant Collection Yellow, the colour of sunshine. 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 yellow...

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  • British Native
    Perfect For Pollinators
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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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    Iris versicolor

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    Iris versicolor Kermesina

    Iris versicolor Kermesina Handsome grey-green foliage sets off rich claret-purple flowers highlighted with white veining.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Lysimachia nummularia aurea - Golden creeping jenny

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    Lysimachia nummularia aurea - Golden creeping jenny

    Lysimachia nummularia aurea - Golden creeping jenny As Lysimachia nummularia but with a golden rather than rich green leaf colour. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Aug Growth Rate: Medium Max Height:...

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    RHS Gold Merit
    Pontederia cordata - Pickerel weed

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    Pontederia cordata - Pickerel weed

    Pontederia cordata - Pickerel weed Heart-shaped green leaves with clusters of blue flowers borne on a spike.  A tall late flowering structural plant. It is free flowering and slowly grows into a large clump. Pond ready – This plant comes...

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  • British Native
    Scirpus lacustris

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    Scirpus lacustris - Clubrush

    Scirpus lacustris - Clubrush A dark green rush with clusters of chocolate brown flowers near top of stems. Popular with landscapers for native planting schemes to provide cover for wildfowl.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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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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    Anemopsis californicum - Apache beads

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    Anemopsis californicum - Apache beads

    Anemopsis californicum - Apache beads Known as “Apache beads”, it has beautiful white scented flowers and broad, dark green leaves.  Used to be sold in Mexico's markets to ward off malaria and other diseases.  The flowers and...

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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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