Category Archives: Pond Plants

Carex Elata Aurea

Bowles’ golden sedge Carex elata ‘Aurea’Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: fertile moist or wet soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: June to JulyHardiness: fully hardy Named after the famous botanist and author EA Bowles who discovered the native species in East Anglia this is a gorgeous deciduous ornamental grass with rich yellow leaves edged in

Cyperus Papyrus

Egyptian paper rush Cyperus papyrusPosition: full sun or partial shadeDepth of water: 0-15cm Rate of growth: average Flowering period: August and SeptemberHardiness: tender (needs winter protection) This is a statuesque perennial that grows at the margins of a pond or boggy areas of the garden that never quite dry out. It forms a clump of

Lysimachia Nummularia Aurea

golden creeping jenny Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: humus-rich moist but well-drained soilRate of growth: fast-growing Flowering period: June to August Depth of water 0-20cmHardiness: fully hardy Cheerful bright yellow cup-shaped flowers from June to August above a low carpet of rounded golden-yellow leaves. This gorgeous golden creeping Jenny is perfect for

Caltha Palustris

marsh marigold Caltha palustrisPosition: full sun or partial shadeDepth of water: 0-23cm (0-9in)Rate of growth: average to fast Flowering period: April Flower colour: yellowHardiness: fully hardy The kidney-shaped dark green leaves of this lovely marsh marigold are excellent for softening the edges of a pond. One of the first marginal plants into bloom it produces

Anemopsis Californica

apache beads Anemopsis californicaPosition: full sun Depth of water: 0 – 10cmRate of growth: slow to averageUltimate spread: infiniteHeight above surface: 45cm Flowering period: July to SeptemberHardiness: fully hardy Originating in North America this handsome marginal aquatic plant can also be grown in reliably boggy areas in the garden. It forms a clump of broad

Iris Louisiana Ann Chowning

iris Iris louisiana ‘Ann Chowning’Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: damp humus-rich acidic soilDepth of water: 0-15cm (0-6in)Rate of growth: average to fast-growingFlowering period: May to JulyHardiness: fully hardy A beautiful moisture-loving iris that can be planted at the edges of a pond where its upright strap-shaped foliage will offset that visual impact of the

Hottonia Palustris

water violet Hottonia palustrisPosition: full sun Depth of water: 10-20cm (4-8in)Rate of growth: averageFlowering period: March to MayHardiness: fully hardy Not only will this pretty pond plant help keep your pond water well oxygenated but it also produces feathery foliage that floats on the waters surface. The icing on the cake however are the spring

Nymphaea Charles De Meurville

water lily Nymphaea ‘Charles de Meurville’Position: full sunDepth of water: 75-120cm (30-48in)Rate of growth: averageUltimate spread: 150cm (48in)Height above surface: 0-15cm (0-4in) Flowering period: June to SeptemberHardiness: fully hardy Larger than average burgundy-pink flowers which top upright stems and attract beneficial pollinators are the stars of the show but even when not in flower the

Isolepis Cernua

fiber optic plant (syn Scirpus cernuus ) Isolepis cernuaPosition: full sun or partial shadeDepth of water: 0-8cm (0-3in)Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June to AugustHardiness: fully hardy This wonderful foliage plant creates a fibre-optic effect particularly when its slender tips are topped with small silvery white flower heads. A great architectural specimen for a

Stratiotes Aloides

water soldier Stratiotes aloidesPosition: full sun or partial shadeDepth of water: over 25cm Rate of growth: average to fast Flowering period: JulyHardiness: fully hardy This fascinating semi-evergreen plant spends most of the time under the surface of the water but it rises up when it starts to flower in summer. Its slender pointed foliage looks

Houttuynia Cordata Flore Pleno

orange peel plant Houttuynia cordata ‘Flore Pleno’Position: full sun or partial shadeSoil: moist to wet or boggy humus-rich acidic soilDepth of water: 0-15cm (0-6in)Rate of growth: average to fast-growingFlowering period: July – AugustHardiness: fully hardy This spreading perennial forms a carpet of oval to heart-shaped leaves which emerge with a reddish purple flush that fades

Juncus Effusus F Spiralis

corkscrew rush Juncus effusus f. spiralisPosition: full sun or partial shadeDepth of water: 0-8cm (0-3in)Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June to AugustHardiness: fully hardy Curiously curly corkscrew-like dark green leafless stems and clusters of insignificant brown flowers in summer. This charming corkscrew rush is perfect for the margins of a pond or a border

Floating Island For 1 Litre Shallow Water Plants

Floating island for 1 litre shallow water plants Floating island for 1 litre ‘shallow water plants’br>Simple to plant and easy to installIdeal for ponds without planting shelvesLinkable – fasten several together to create a larger islandTransform a plain garden pond into a lush vibrant marsh with these handy island planters. The floating baskets let you

Ceratophyllum Demersum

hornwort Ceratophyllum demersumPosition: full sun – partial shadeDepth of water: 60-90cmRate of growth: averageUltimate spread: indefiniteHeight above surface: 0cm (submerged)Hardiness: fully hardy One of the most popular oxygenating plants not not only looks attractive but will help keep your pond free of algae. It has virtually no roots but its stems are covered in delicate-looking

Pistia Stratiotes

water lettuce Pistia stratiotesPosition: full sunDepth of water: 15cm +Rate of growth: average to fastUltimate spread: 150cm +Height above surface: 15cm Flowering period: June to SeptemberHardiness: tender A decorative floating aquatic which can be used to dress an outside during the summer then kept in an indoor aquarium when the temperatures start to drop. It

Lobelia Cardinalis

cardinal flower Lobelia cardinalisPosition: full sun or partial shadeDepth of water: 0-30cm (0-12in)Soil: deep fertile moist soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: June to OctoberHardiness: fully hardy This impressive perennial produces showy red flowers that really stand out from the crowd. They form in tall spires which if cut back after the flowers have faded will

Planorbis Corneus

ramshorn snail Planorbis corneus These freshwater snails help keep your pond clean as they eat algae from the sides of the pond as well as tucking into dead vegetation and even dead fish.

Nymphoides Peltata

floating heart Nymphoides peltataPosition: full sunDepth of water: 10-60cm Rate of growth: fastUltimate spread: 200cm +Height above surface: 0-25cm Flowering period: June to SeptemberHardiness: fully hardy Floating heart-shaped somewhat mottled foliage quickly spreads to form a carpet from which upright stems emerge in summer each topped with small fringed yellow flowers. Being such a fast

Nymphaea Marliacea Albida

water lily Nymphaea ‘Marliacea Albida’Position: full sunDepth of water: 45-75cm (18-30in)Rate of growth: averageUltimate spread: 120cm (48in)Height above surface: 0-10cm (0-4in) Flowering period: June to SeptemberHardiness: fully hardy A free-flowering variety that produces a profusion of fragrant bowl-shaped double white flowers with prominent yellow centres from June to September. ‘Marliacea Albida’ is the most popular

Nymphaea Sunrise

water lily Nymphaea ‘Sunrise’Position: full sunDepth of water: 50-80cm (18-30in)Rate of growth: averageUltimate spread: 100cm (40in)Height above surface: 0-10cm (0-4in) Flowering period: June to SeptemberHardiness: fully hardy