Think about extending the area of wildlife habitat around your garden pond with plants for moist soil or a muddy bog both built with a punctured liner to retain some water within the soil area.

There is a difference between plants that live in a moist soil and those that can survive in a muddy bog situation.

Moist plants require a drained, damp soil around the rootball and will not cope in standing water – especially in Winter. Plants for this situation are marked <p>Suitable for moist soil (damp but drained)</p>.

Plants that will live in a wet mud or waterlogged situation are essentially pond plants that can cope with their roots surrounded by water.

A good guide is to dig a hole in Winter in the area of soil and if this fills with water then you should be planting with plants marked <p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p> (waterlogged). You will also see these plants on the shelf <p>Suitable for shelf depth 0-13cm (0-5”) below water surface</p> pond plant list as they have the roots of a pond plant but the ability to have their crowns at ground level and open to the frosts.

By following the guidelines given in our Tips and Advice section you can quite quickly enhance your garden with a new planting area (and the chance to try out some new plant types – always a plus for the keen gardener!) as well as giving the wildlife visitors more security and hiding places as they come and go to the pond water.

Don’t forget too that the more wildlife shelters you have in your garden the more these creatures will stay around and act as predators on some of the less welcome visitors like slugs – frogs and newts can do good work at demolishing their fair share of slugs in your garden.