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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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    Pontederia cordata 'alba' - White pickerel weed

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    Pontederia cordata 'alba' - White pickerel weed

    Pontederia cordata 'alba' - White pickerel weed Shorter than Pontederia cordata, it is a late flowering, structural plant with heart shaped green leaves with clusters of white flowers. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Saururus cernuus - Lizards tail

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    Saururus cernuus - Lizards tail

    Saururus cernuus - Lizards tail Green lance-shaped leaves with slender nodding solitary spikes of tiny white fragrant flowers.  The common name Lizard's tail depicts the shape of its drooping flower. Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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    Lobelia vedrariensis - Purple Lobelia

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    Lobelia vedrariensis - Purple Lobelia

    Lobelia vedrariensis - Purple Lobelia A handsome species with narrow, red-tinged dark green leaves and tubular, deep violet-purple flowers. Harmful if eaten Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Sep Growth...

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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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    Typha laxmannii

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    Typha laxmannii - Graceful Cattail - Slender reedmace

    Typha laxmannii - Graceful Cattail - Slender reedmace A smaller Typha this is excellent for medium and large ponds. It has milk chocolate coloured seed heads when mature, similar to gracillis in colour, but slightly longer. Pond ready – This...

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    Scirpus lacustris tab Zebrinus - Zebra rush

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    Scirpus lacustris tab Zebrinus - Zebra rush

    Scirpus lacustris tab Zebrinus - Zebra rush A striking plant standing erect and over 1 m tall.  Shorter than S. Albescens, but not as strong.  It has striking green and white markings in horizontal bands. Pond ready – This plant comes...

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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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    Menyanthes trifoliata - Bog bean

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    Menyanthes trifoliata - Bog bean

    Menyanthes trifoliata - Bog bean A rambling plant with trifoliate olive-green foliage that creeps over the surface of the water.  The attractive white flowers are tipped with pink.  An infusion of the roots used to be used as a tonic for...

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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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    Lobelia fulgens 'Queen Victoria'

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    Lobelia fulgens 'Queen Victoria'

    Lobelia fulgens 'Queen Victoria' The wonderful purplish-red foliage contrasts excellently with the brilliant red flowers.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Aug - Sep Growth Rate: Slow Max Height:...

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  • British Native
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    Cyperus longus - Sweet galingale

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    Cyperus longus - Sweet galingale

    Cyperus longus - Sweet galingale Dark green grass-like pendulous foliage with brown flowers.  This plant makes good cover for wildlife in large ponds or lakes.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Aug -...

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    Pilularia globulifera - Pepper grass

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    Pilularia globulifera - Pepper grass

    Pilularia globulifera - Pepper grass Aquatic Ponds Plants Leaves are hair-like and arise from a creeping stem Flowers: July - September Growth Rate: Slow Depth: 1 - 25cm Max Height: 10 - 15cm Native to British Isles: Yes Perfect...

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    Eleocharis palustris

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    Eleocharis palustris - Common spike-rush

    Eleocharis palustris - Common spike-rush A mat forming perennial plant with fine grass-like foliage and smooth un-branched upright stems.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Aug Growth Rate: Fast Max...

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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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    Carex muskingumensis

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    Carex muskingumensis - Musk sedge

    Carex muskingumensis  - Musk sedge An architectural plant with light green feathered finely tapering leaves.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Jul Growth Rate: Slow Max Height: 75cm Recommended...

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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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    Acorus calamus variegatus - Variegated sweet flag

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    Acorus calamus variegatus - Variegated sweet flag

    Acorus calamus variegatus - Variegated sweet flag As Acorus calamus but with green and cream vertical striped leaves.  This citrus scented plant has also be used in fragrances and medicinal cures.Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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    Caltha palustris polypetala

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    Caltha palustris polypetala - Giant King Cup

    Caltha palustris polypetala - Giant King Cup A much bolder plant than Caltha palustris with striking, large, single yellow flowers that appear in early spring and continue for longer than other Calthas.  Mature plants frequently have a few flowers...

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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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    Thalia dealbata - Powdery alligator flag - Hardy water canna

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    Thalia dealbata - Powdery alligator flag - Hardy water canna

    Thalia dealbata - Powdery alligator flag - Hardy water canna A striking plant with large glaucous leaves and small purplish flowers held high on long thin stems. This semi-hardy plant can stay outside providing the roots are deep enough in the water to...

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    Alisma parviflorum - American Water Plantain

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    Alisma parviflorum - American Water Plantain

    Alisma parviflorum - American Water Plantain A compact and attractive form of the native Alisma with more rounded leaves. When mature this plant sends up numerous flower heads with multiple delicate pinkish-white petals. Likes to be kept constantly...

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    Myosotis scorpioides variegata - Variegated water forget-me-not

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    Myosotis scorpioides variegata - Variegated water forget-me-not

    Myosotis scorpioides variegata - Variegated water forget-me-not Blue flowers surmount striking green and white variegated leaves Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May - Sep Growth Rate: Medium Max Height:...

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    Caltha leptosepala

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    Caltha leptosepala - White marsh marigold

    Caltha leptosepala - White marsh marigold The white flowers are larger than Caltha palustris 'Alba' and the leaves are oval rather than round. It prefers to marshy ground but can grow in the water. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in...

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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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    Rumex sanguineus

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    Rumex sanguineus - Bloodwort

    Rumex sanguineus - Bloodwort Attractive rosettes of green ovate leaves with bright red veins, this plant is mainly grown for it foliage. Remove the flower heads to maintain the red leaf veins. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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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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    Ranunculus lingua Grandiflorus - Spearwort

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    Ranunculus lingua Grandiflorus - Spearwort

    Ranunculus lingua Grandiflorus - Spearwort Long ovate deep blue-green leaves with bowl shaped large buttercup-type flowers and lovely underwater leaves.  A good plant for wildlife ponds. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    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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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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