Pond plants for sale grown by us sent ready potted in mesh baskets & aquatic soil ready to be placed on a shelf
Shelf depth in cm
Shelf depth in inches
5 - 6
6 - 9
23 - 44
10 - 17
Shelf pond plants can be upright or rafting across the water surface.
Water depth is vital to pond plants. Too deep and many varieties will not thrive. Too shallow and some varieties will not receive the frost/ice protection over their crowns that they require and would receive from deeper water.
Before you build a pond you should take into account the depths of water preferred by different marginal pond plants and ensure you create the right depth shelving into your pond construction. See the Build a Pond section on the Tips and Advice pages for more information.
Planting in a wet, muddy, waterlogged, boggy area should use pond plants of the category. These plants can stand with their roots in wet soil as well as on a shallow shelf of water at the pond edge but their crowns are able to be exposed to frost and ice on the mud surface.
Potted aquatic pond plants will quickly add foliage, colour and habitats for wildlife to the edge of the pond area. Shelf pond plants can be decorative, creating the mood of the pond. A formal setting can be created by planting one large basket in each corner of a regular shaped pond. Aquatic pond plants help to develop the setting that allows the clear reflective water and flowering waterlilies to show inside this frame, while creating habitats for the wildlife which visit the pond.
As a guidance we recommend a minimum number of shelf plants as 3 x 1 litre baskets per metre length on a pond shelf, with more if the shelf is wide or if a full look is required quickly.
Many pond plants appreciate sunshine and all will benefit from feeding with a pond plant fertilizer if they have been in your pond for a while.
To find a pond plant suitable for your existing pond you can use our Plant Finder or the filters. We have divided the pond plants shown on these pages into shelf ,,,according to the depth of shelf they require. Some plants can handle a variety of shelf depths. All potential shelf depths are shown on the More Information page for each plant with all its details.
If you are planting a new pond you also need to consider all the different ares of the pond. There are oxygenating plants which grow under the water and rafting plants or water lilies for the water surface. Along with the marginal shelf pond plants these will create a well balanced pond that will not look green or cloudy.