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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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    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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  • British Native
    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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    Scrophularia auriculata

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    Scrophularia auriculata - Water figwort

    Scrophularia auriculata - Water figwort Tall heart-shaped nettle-like leaves on square stem.  Small maroon flowers appear in summer Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Sep Growth Rate: Medium Max...

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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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  • British Native
    Juncus maritimus

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    Juncus maritimus - Sea Rush

    Juncus maritimus - Sea Rush The thin stems arch gracefully with tufts of brownish flowers produced below the sharp pointed stem tip. As it's name suggests, it can tolerate sea spray and slightly brackish water.Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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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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  • 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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  • British Native
    Oxygenator
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    Ranunculus hederaceus - Ivy-leaved crowsfoot

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    Ranunculus hederaceus - Ivy-leaved crowsfoot

    Ranunculus hederaceus - Ivy-leaved crowsfoot A pretty little creeping plant. It grows in shallow water or on mud and has little white flowers above the surface. Flowers: April - July Growth Rate: Medium Depth: 0 - 30 cm Max Height: 1 - 3...

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    Rumex hydrolapathum - Great water dock RUMHYD

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    Rumex hydrolapathum - Great water dock

    Rumex hydrolapathum - Great water dock Bold, dark green dock-like leaves. Large flower spike.  Not suitable for small or ornamental ponds Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Sep Growth Rate:...

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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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    Ranunculus acris Flore Pleno - Yellow bachelors buttons

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    Ranunculus acris Flore Pleno - Yellow bachelors buttons

    Ranunculus acris Flore Pleno - Yellow bachelors buttons Masses of small yellow tight double button-like flowers are produced on almost leafless stems.  Related to the wild buttercup but more confined and ideal for wildflower gardens. Pond ready...

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    Zephyranthes candida - White rain lily

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    Zephyranthes candida - White rain lily

    Zephyranthes candida - White rain lily White, crocus - like flowers late summer/early autumn. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Aug - Sep Growth Rate: Slow Max Height: 30cm Recommended Planting Depth: 0cm -...

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    Juncus inflexus

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    Juncus inflexus - Hard rush

    Juncus inflexus - Hard rush Tall blue/grey slender leaved rush.  May self-seed in optimum growing conditionsPond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: June - Aug Growth Rate: Medium Max Height: 60cm Recommended...

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    Phalaris arundinacea - Reed canary grass

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    Phalaris arundinacea - Reed canary grass

    Phalaris arundinacea - Reed canary grass Vigorous grassy green foliage, popular with landscapers for native planting schemes to provide cover for wildfowl. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jun - Jul Growth...

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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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    Euphorbia palustris

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    Euphorbia palustris - Marsh spurge

    Euphorbia palustris - Marsh spurge Bright greenish-yellow flowers form in large terminal clusters in late spring. The fresh-green leaves often turn yellow and orange in autumn.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Hosta 'Francee'

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    Hosta 'Francee'

    Hosta 'Francee' Ovate leaves with white margins and lavender/blue funnel shaped flowers. As with all hostas they do best in partly shaded areas where the soil remains moist. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers:...

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  • British Native
    Carex riparia - Greater pond sedge

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    Carex riparia - Greater pond sedge

    Carex riparia  - Greater pond sedge A coarse grass with broad leaves and brown spikelets. It is larger than the other sedges which makes it popular with landscapers for architectural, native plating schemes.Pond ready – This plant comes ready...

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    Iris louisiana - Sea Wisp

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    Iris louisiana - Sea Wisp

    Iris louisiana - Sea Wisp This beautiful Iris has large, delicate powder blue flowers with contrasting green foliage.  As with all iris the tubers are harmful if eaten.  Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic...

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    Lychnis flos cuculi 'Terry's Pink' - Dwarf ragged robin

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    Lychnis flos cuculi 'Terry's Pink' - Dwarf ragged robin

    Lychnis flos cuculi 'Terry's Pink' - Dwarf ragged robin A more compact version of Lychnis flos-cuculi. The flower stem is just as tall but the plant is more compact. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: May -...

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  • louisiana waihi wedding iris

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    Iris Louisiana - Waihi Wedding

    Iris louisiana waihi wedding White ruffled flowers with attractive lime green 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 - Jul Growth...

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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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    Scirpus tabernaemontani 'Albescens' - Striped bulrush

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    Scirpus tabernaemontani 'Albescens' - Striped bulrush

    Scirpus tabernaemontani 'Albescens' - Striped bulrush Tall cylindrical hollow foliage with green and white vertical variegations. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Sep Growth Rate: Fast Max Height:...

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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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    Hosta 'Bressingham Blue'

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    Hosta 'Bressingham Blue'

    Hosta 'Bressingham Blue' Striking blue leaves make it an attractive addition to a shady moist area. The white flowers stand elegantly above the leaves. Pond ready – This plant comes ready potted in aquatic soil Flowers: Jul - Aug 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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