Shelf Pond plants

Plants for ponds for sale already potted in mesh baskets & aquatic soil ready to be placed on marginal shelf

Symbol Shelf depth in cm Shelf depth in inches
<p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p> wet mud wet mud
<p>Suitable for shelf depth 13-15cm(5-6”) or waterlogged mud </p> 13 -15 5 - 6
<p>Suitable for shelf depth 14-22cm (approx 6-9”)</p> 15 -22 6 - 9
<p>Suitable for shelf depth 23-44cm (approx 10-17”) below water surface</p> 23 - 44 10 - 17
<p>Suitable for shelf depth 45cm+ (approx 18”+) below water surface level</p> 45 + 18 +

Marginal shelf plants for ponds:

  • Can be upright (emergent) or horizontal (rafting) across the water surface.
  • Potted aquatic marginal pond plants will quickly add foliage, colour and habitats for wildlife to the edge of the pond area
  • Place 3 x 1 litre baskets per metre length on a marginal pond plant shelf
  • Use more marginal plants if the shelf is wide or if a full look is required quickly.

Water depth is vital to marginal shelf pond plants:

  • Place pond plants on the pond shelf at the correct depth for each plant variety
  • The depth required is on the ticket received with each plant type sent by us as depth over the top of the basket.
  • Too deep and marginal plants will not thrive, too shallow and other marginal plants will not receive the ice protection they require.

If you are planting a new pond you also need Oxygenating plants which grow under the water & Water lilies for the water surface. Or you can choose a Pond Planting scheme where we choose the plants for your pond for you.

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  1. ALISMA PLANTAGO-AQUATICA (British Native pond plant) with small white flowers
    • 15-25cm
    • 25-44cm

    ALISMA PLANTAGO-AQUATICA (Water Plantain)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  2. ANEMOPSIS CALIFORNICA shallow shelf pond plants with cream coloured, honey scented flowers and green foliage that can turn red during a cold spell
    • 13-15cm
    • Wet Mud

    ANEMOPSIS CALIFORNICA

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  3. BUTOMUS UMBELLATUS (Flowering Rush - British Native shelf pond plant) Green low growing 3 sided rush leaves with pink umbel flowers on tall stems. Beloved by bees
    • 15-25cm
    • 25-44cm

    BUTOMUS UMBELLATUS (Flowering Rush)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  4. BUTOMUS UMBELLATUS SCHNEEWEISSCHEN (White Flowering Rush - shelf pond plant) Green low growing 3 sided rush leaves with white umbel flowers on tall stems. Beloved by bees
    • 15-25cm
    • 25-44cm

    BUTOMUS UMBELLATUS SCHNEEWEISSCHEN (white form)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  5. CALTHA PALUSTRIS (Marsh Marigold British Native shelf pond plant) Mounds of green round leaves with 3cm (1" approx) single yellow flowers
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-25cm
    • Wet Mud

    CALTHA PALUSTRIS (Marsh Marigold)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  6. CALTHA PALUSTRIS STAGNALIS dep shelf pond plant with 20cm (8") round leaves and 8cm (3" approx) wide single yellow flowers that droop into the water
    • 15-25cm
    • 25-44cm

    CALTHA PALUSTRIS STAGNALIS

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  7. CAREX RIPARIA (Greater Pond Sedge - British Native shelf pond plant) Green/grey foliage with black seedheads, opening to brown seeds
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-25cm
    • Wet Mud

    CAREX RIPARIA (Greater Pond Sedge)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  8. CYPERUS ERAGROSTIS shelf pond plant with early spiky seed heads in green. Cut down the ripe seedheads of Cyperus eragrostis so they do not set seed
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-25cm
    • Moist Soil
    • Wet Mud

    CYPERUS ERAGROSTIS

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  9. CYPERUS INVOLUCRATUS shelf pond plant with structural green leaf bracts in a spoke arrangement with seedheads which turn brown in late season.
    • 13-15cm

    CYPERUS INVOLUCRATUS

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  10. CYPERUS LONGUS (Sweet Gallingale - British Native shelf pond plant) Clusters of drooping brown seeds on each green spikelet. Cyperus longus is a strong grower 3ft tall and best suited to larger ponds or lakes.
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-25cm
    • 25-44cm
    • Wet Mud

    CYPERUS LONGUS (Sweet Gallingale)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  11. EQUISETUM SCIRPOIDES shelf pond plant with thin green stems barred with black rings. Equisetum scirpoides is a miniature evergreen pond plant 6inches tall that does not require cutting back.
    • 13-15cm
    • Wet Mud

    EQUISETUM SCIRPOIDES

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  12. ERIOPHORUM ANGUSTIFOLIUM (Cotton Grass - British Native shelf pond plant) White cotton-wool heads over grass like foliage
    • 13-15cm
    • Moist Soil
    • Wet Mud

    ERIOPHORUM ANGUSTIFOLIUM (Cotton Grass)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  13. ERIOPHORUM RUSSEOLUM (Eriophorum chamissonis) A shelf pond plant with bronze cotton grass heads over thin grassy foliage
    • 13-15cm
    • Moist Soil
    • Wet Mud

    ERIOPHORUM RUSSEOLUM (chamissonis)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  14. HESPERANTHA COCCINEA (Kaffir Lily) formerly Schizostylis coccinea. Red flowering Kaffir Lily with spiky green foliage that flowers in late season
    • 13-15cm
    • Wet Mud

    HESPERANTHA (Schizostylis) COCCINEA MAJOR

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
    Out of stock
  15. HOUTTUYNIA CORDATA CHAMELEON rafting shelf pond plant that grows out across the water. Variegated red, green and yellow foliage with small white flowers
    • 13-15cm
    • Moist Soil
    • Wet Mud

    HOUTTUYNIA CORDATA CHAMELEON

    £6.00
    In 9cm basket
    Out of stock
  16. IRIS (LOUISIANA HYBRIDS) ANN CHOWNING shelf pond plant with 6 petalled red flowers and yellow signals and almost evergreen foliage
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-25cm
    • Wet Mud

    IRIS (LOUISIANA HYBRID) ANN CHOWNING

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  17. IRIS (LOUISIANA HYBRID) BLACK GAMECOCK - shelf pond plant with 6 petalled dark purple/black flowers with yellow signals
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-25cm
    • Wet Mud

    IRIS (LOUISIANA HYBRID) BLACK GAMECOCK

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  18. IRIS PSEUDACORUS (British Native shelf pond plant or waterlogged bog). Broad green leaves with yellow flowers on the commonly named Flag Iris
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-25cm
    • 25-44cm
    • Moist Soil
    • Wet Mud

    IRIS PSEUDACORUS (Flag Iris)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  19. IRIS PSEUDACORUS ALBA shelf pond plant with creamy white Iris flowers & brown markings
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-25cm
    • Wet Mud

    IRIS PSEUDACORUS ALBA

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  20. IRIS PSEUDACORUS ROY  DAVIDSON - shelf pond plant with yellow Iris flowers with brown central flash and brown veining flowering on many tall branching stems.
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-25cm
    • Wet Mud

    IRIS PSEUDACORUS ROY DAVIDSON

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  21. IRIS PSEUDACORUS VARIEGATA - shelf pond plant with green and yellow variegated leaves in Spring (becoming plain green later in the season) with yellow Flag Iris flowers
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-25cm
    • Wet Mud

    IRIS PSEUDACORUS VARIEGATA

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  22. IRIS VERSICOLOR - shelf pond plant with purple Iris flowers & broad green leaves
    • 13-15cm
    • Wet Mud

    IRIS VERSICOLOR

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  23. IRIS VERSICOLOR MYSTERIOUS MONIQUE - shelf pond plant with rich dark red plum 3 petalled flowers with yellow markings and broad green leaves
    • 13-15cm
    • Wet Mud

    IRIS VERSICOLOR MYSTERIOUS MONIQUE

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
    Out of stock
  24. ISOLEPIS CERNUA - Small rush oxygenating or shelf pond plant with white seed heads that turn pale brown later in the season
    • 13-15cm

    ISOLEPIS CERNUA (Slender club rush)

    £6.00
    In 9cm basket
  25. JUNCUS ENSIFOLIUS - A small rush shelf pond plant with evergreen foliage and round dark brown seed heads 0.5cm across.
    • 13-15cm
    • Wet Mud

    JUNCUS ENSIFOLIUS (Swordleaf Rush)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
    Out of stock
  26. LYTHRUM SALICARIA (Loosestrife - British Native shelf pond plant) Purple flowers in whorls on woody stems. Beloved by insect pollinators
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-25cm
    • Wet Mud

    LYTHRUM SALICARIA (Loosestrife)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  27. MENTHA AQUATICA (Water Mint - British Native rafting shelf pond plant) Produces aromatic purple tinted leaves & globular lilac flower heads
    • 13-15cm
    • Wet Mud

    MENTHA AQUATICA (Water Mint)

    £6.00
    In 9cm basket
  28. MENTHA CERVINA - Clump forming shelf pond plant with thin lance shaped aromatic leaves & covered with globular lilac flower heads in late season.
    • 13-15cm
    • Wet Mud

    MENTHA CERVINA (Preslia cervina)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  29. MENTHA CERVINA ALBA - Clump forming shelf pond plant with thin lance shaped aromatic leaves & covered with globular white flower heads in July - September. Beloved by bees
    • 13-15cm
    • Wet Mud

    MENTHA CERVINA ALBA (Preslia cervina alba)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  30. MENYANTHES TRIFOLIATA Bog Bean - British Native shelf pond plant with 3 lobed leaves and white flowers on horizontally rafting rhizome
    • 13-15cm
    • Wet Mud

    MENYANTHES TRIFOLIATA (Bog Bean)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
    Out of stock
  31. Shop for MYOSOTIS SCORPIOIDES (Forget me not - British Native shelf pond plant with small blue flowers on loose rafting stems with small leaves
    • 13-15cm

    MYOSOTIS SCORPIOIDES (Forget me not)

    £6.00
    In 9cm basket
  32. MYOSOTIS SCORPIOIDES ALBA - Small White Forget me not flowers on loose rafting stems with small leaves
    • 13-15cm

    MYOSOTIS SCORPIOIDES ALBA

    £6.00
    In 9cm basket
  33. OENANTHE JAVANICA FLAMINGO a shelf pond plant has small leaves with pink and cream margins and small white flowers on horizontally rafting stems.
    • 13-15cm
    • Wet Mud

    OENANTHE JAVANICA FLAMINGO

    £6.00
    In 9cm basket
  34. PONTEDERIA CORDATA (Pickerel Weed) a shelf pond plant with blue flower spikes above green heart shaped leaves. Flowers late in season. Beloved by bees
    • 15-25cm

    PONTEDERIA CORDATA (Pickerel Weed)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  35. PONTEDERIA CORDATA LANCIFOLIA is a deep shelf pond plant with pale blue flower spikes above tall stemmed heart shaped leaves.
    • 15-25cm
    • 25-44cm

    PONTEDERIA CORDATA LANCIFOLIA

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  36. POTENTILLA PALUSTRIS - Marsh Cinquefoil is a British Native shelf pond plant with horizontally rafting stems, grey toothed edged divided leaf and deep red star shaped flowers.
    • 13-15cm
    • Wet Mud

    POTENTILLA PALUSTRIS (Marsh Cinquefoil)

    £6.00
    In 9cm basket
    Out of stock
  37. PRIMULA FLORINDAE - Giant Cowslip - Large multi headed, drooping, fragrant yellow flowers.
    • 13-15cm
    • Wet Mud

    PRIMULA FLORINDAE (Giant Cowslip)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  38. PRIMULA FLORINDAE COPPER & RED FORMS. Drooping red flowers on a Giant Cowslip moist plant.
    • 13-15cm
    • Wet Mud

    PRIMULA FLORINDAE - COPPER & RED FORMS

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
    Out of stock
  39. RANUNCULUS FLAMMULA - (British Native pond plant) Sprawling plant covered in small yellow buttercup flowers
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-25cm
    • Wet Mud

    RANUNCULUS FLAMMULA (Lesser Spearwort)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  40. Oxygenating plants & shelf pond plants RORIPPA NASTURTIUM-AQUATICUM (Water Cress - British Native)  Round, green leaf and clusters of small white flowers
    • 13-15cm
    • Wet Mud

    RORIPPA NASTURTIUM-AQUATICUM (Water Cress)

    £5.00
    In 9cm basket
  41. SAGITTARIA SAGITTIFOLIA Arrowhead - British Native pond plant has white flowers with purple centres above arrow shaped leaf foliage approx 5 - 8cm (2-3") in length.
    • 15-25cm

    SAGITTARIA SAGITTIFOLIA (Arrowhead)

    £7.00
    In 9cm basket
    Out of stock
  42. TYPHA LATIFOLIA VARIEGATA Variegated leaved "bulrush". This Typha shows two parts to the bulrush head, the thin male flowers above, and the fatter female section below with green/white foliage
    • 15-25cm
    • 25-44cm

    TYPHA LATIFOLIA VARIEGATA

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  43. TYPHA LUGDUNENSIS (formerly Typha gracilis) Tall pond plant. Thin reedmace leaves and 10cm (4") light brown seedheads
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-25cm

    TYPHA LUGDUNENSIS (Typha gracilis)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  44. TYPHA MINIMA (Miniature Bullrush) with brown, 2cm (1" approx) rounded seedheads and thin reedmace leaves
    • 15-25cm

    TYPHA MINIMA (Miniature Bullrush)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  45. VERONICA BECCABUNGA (Brooklime - British Native pond plant with royal blue flowers on a horizontally rafting plant that spreads across the water surface
    • 13-15cm
    • Moist Soil
    • Wet Mud

    VERONICA BECCABUNGA (Brooklime)

    £6.00
    In 9cm basket
    Out of stock

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