Planting a new pond

Planting a new pond

Planting a new pond:

  • Set up a new pond and fill it now with rainwater.
  • Put 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


  • Look at submerged oxygenating plants - easy planting -  bareroot portions or bunches dropped into the water to find their own way.
  •  Pond plants for the shelf or ledge areas. Pond plants have specific depth requirements and your shelf levels should be built into the shell of your pond. 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>
  • Waterlilies of various sizes of spread and depth are available from 12-30" (30-80cm) <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:

  • If it all seems too daunting and you don't know how to start planting your new pond - pick a Pond Planting Scheme.
  • Choose the correct scheme for the surface area size of your pond and we will put together a pond planting selection that caters for all the different depth pond areas for you.
  • You can choose if we pick 'British Native only', 'Mainly British Native' plants or 'Any plant' from our range.
  • It will include oxygenating plants, surface cover plants and plants for the shelves.
  • It will combine various wildlife needs - rafting plants across the water surface for newts and emergent, upright plants for dragonflies.

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 across the top of our troughs in the Nursery.

  • Our available  'Add to basket’ plants are all ready to move to your pond area now.
  • They have been outside in our Nursery troughs here in Leicestershire.
  • There is no need to delay. If you plant now they will be in your local climate and able to respond to Spring whenever that arrives in your area.

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