Planting a new pond with a Planting Scheme

Planting a new pond with a Planting Scheme

Planting a new pond:

We can send out our Planting Schemes with all the different types of plants you need to plant a new pond quickly and easily.

  • Create your new pond and fill it with rainwater.
  • Put some plants in your pond as soon as it is filled with water.
  • Ponds without plants can quickly become unbalanced.
  • Use a barley straw product - either Barleystraw minibales or Barley Bio Algae Control for the smaller pond.

For a new pond you need:

  • submerged oxygenating plants - easy planting -  bareroot portions or bunches dropped into the water to find their own way.
  • Shelf Pond plants for the shelf or ledge areas potted for you in 9cm or 11cm mesh baskets & aquatic soil.
  • Pond plants have specific depth requirements and your shelf levels should be built into the shell of your pond. Most being Shelf options  <p>Suitable for shelf depth 13-15cm(5-6”) or waterlogged mud </p> <p>Suitable for shelf depth 14-22cm (approx 6-9”) below water surface</p>  13-15cm/5-6" & 15-22cm/6-9" depth .
  • Waterlilies of various sizes of spread and depth are available from 10-30" (25-80cm), depth <p>Suitable for shelf depth 23-44cm (approx 10-17”) below water surface</p> <p>Suitable for shelf depth 45cm+ (approx 18”+) below water surface level</p>.

Prepared Planting Schemes:

Pond size in sq m Pond size in sq ft Go to Pond Scheme
1 - 2 9 - 20 size 1
2 - 3.9 21 - 41 size  2
4 - 6.9 43 - 65 size  3
7 - 14.9 75 - 160 size  4
15 - 25 162 - 236 size  5
Water surface area for each size Pond Planting Scheme.
  • If you have a new pond needing plants chosen for you - pick a Pond Planting Scheme.
  • Choose the correct size Scheme for the surface area of your pond.
  • We will send a pond planting starter kit that caters for all the different depth pond areas for you.
  • You can choose whether we pick 'British Native', 'Mainly British Native' plants or 'Any plant'.
  • It will include deep water oxygenating plants, deeper water surface cover plants (except Pond Planting Scheme 1) and marginal shelf plants.
  • These will meet a combination of wildlife needs - rafting plants across the water surface for newts, frogs & toads. Emergent, upright plants for dragonflies & flowers across the season for insect pollinators.

Plant now:

With our ready rooted pond plants we can send out by mail order most of the year. We only stop when the ice is on our troughs in the Nursery.

  • Our plants are already in their mesh baskets & aquatic clay soil - ready to move to your pond now.
  • They have been outside in our Nursery troughs in Leicestershire so are Winter hardy.
  • The plants are rooted through the mesh basket already
  • We have bareroot Ceratophyllum demersum  Oxygenating Plants as well as 9cm baskets of Myriophyllum Red Stem available.
  • There is no need to delay. If you plant now they will be in your local climate and able to grow on when they reach your pond.
  • If you are still having cold or wet weather but would like to order now please tell us your preferred date of delivery in General Comments as you go through Checkout and that will supersede the automated date on your order confirmation.

For an established pond we also have small add-on planting schemes aimed at newts, dragonflies or bee/butterfly insect pollinators.

For more information see our Tips and Advice pages: How to plant a pond