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. Pond plants - ALISMA PLANTAGO-AQUATICA (British Native pond plant) with small white flowers
    • 15-22cm
    • 23-44cm

    ALISMA PLANTAGO-AQUATICA (Water Plantain)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  2. Pond plants - 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. Pond plants - 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
    • 15-22cm
    • 23-44cm

    BUTOMUS UMBELLATUS (Flowering Rush)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  4. Pond plants - 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
    • 15-22cm
    • 23-44cm

    BUTOMUS UMBELLATUS SCHNEEWEISSCHEN

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  5. Pond Plants - CALTHA PALUSTRIS (Marsh Marigold British Native shelf pond plant) Mounds of green round leaves with 3cm (1" approx) single yellow flowers
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-22cm
    • Wet Mud

    CALTHA PALUSTRIS (Marsh Marigold)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  6. Pond plants - 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
    • 15-22cm
    • 23-44cm

    CALTHA PALUSTRIS STAGNALIS

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
    Out of stock
  7. CAREX RIPARIA (Greater Pond Sedge - British Native shelf pond plant) Green/grey foliage with black seedheads, opening to brown seeds
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-22cm
    • Wet Mud

    CAREX ACUTIFORMIS (Lesser Pond Sedge)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  8. Pond plants - 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
    • 15-22cm
    • Moist Soil
    • Wet Mud

    CYPERUS ERAGROSTIS

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  9. Pond plants - 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
    • 15-22cm
    • 23-44cm
    • 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. 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
  14. 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
  15. IRIS (LOUISIANA HYBRIDS) ANN CHOWNING shelf pond plant with 6 petalled red flowers and yellow signals and almost evergreen foliage
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-22cm
    • Wet Mud

    IRIS (LOUISIANA HYBRID) ANN CHOWNING

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  16. IRIS (LOUISIANA HYBRID) BLACK GAMECOCK - shelf pond plant with 6 petalled dark purple/black flowers with yellow signals
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-22cm
    • Wet Mud

    IRIS (LOUISIANA HYBRID) BLACK GAMECOCK

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  17. IRIS PSEUDACORUS (British Native shelf pond plant or waterlogged bog). Broad green leaves with yellow flowers on the commonly named Flag Iris
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-22cm
    • 23-44cm
    • Moist Soil
    • Wet Mud

    IRIS PSEUDACORUS (Flag Iris)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  18. 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
    • 15-22cm
    • Wet Mud

    IRIS PSEUDACORUS ROY DAVIDSON

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  19. 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
    • 15-22cm
    • Wet Mud

    IRIS PSEUDACORUS VARIEGATA

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

    IRIS VERSICOLOR

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  21. 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
  22. 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
    Out of stock
  23. 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
  24. Pond plants - LYTHRUM SALICARIA (Loosestrife - British Native shelf pond plant) Purple flowers in whorls on woody stems. Beloved by insect pollinators
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-22cm
    • Wet Mud

    LYTHRUM SALICARIA (Loosestrife)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  25. 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
    Out of stock
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
    Out of stock
  30. 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
  31. PONTEDERIA CORDATA (Pickerel Weed) a shelf pond plant with blue flower spikes above green heart shaped leaves. Flowers late in season. Beloved by bees
    • 15-22cm

    PONTEDERIA CORDATA (Pickerel Weed)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  32. PONTEDERIA CORDATA LANCIFOLIA is a deep shelf pond plant with pale blue flower spikes above tall stemmed heart shaped leaves.
    • 15-22cm
    • 23-44cm

    PONTEDERIA CORDATA LANCIFOLIA

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
    Out of stock
  33. 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
  34. PRIMULA FLORINDAE - Giant Cowslip - Large multi headed, drooping, fragrant yellow flowers.
    • 13-15cm
    • Wet Mud

    PRIMULA FLORINDAE (Giant Cowslip)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  35. 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
  36. Pond plants - RANUNCULUS FLAMMULA - (British Native pond plant) Sprawling plant covered in small yellow buttercup flowers
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-22cm
    • Wet Mud

    RANUNCULUS FLAMMULA (Lesser Spearwort)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  37. 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
    Out of stock
  38. 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.
    • 15-22cm

    SAGITTARIA SAGITTIFOLIA (Arrowhead)

    £7.00
    In 9cm basket
    Out of stock
  39. TYPHA LUGDUNENSIS (formerly Typha gracilis) Tall pond plant. Thin reedmace leaves and 10cm (4") light brown seedheads
    • 13-15cm
    • 15-22cm
    • 23-44cm

    TYPHA LUGDUNENSIS (Typha gracilis)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  40. TYPHA MINIMA (Miniature Bullrush) with brown, 2cm (1" approx) rounded seedheads and thin reedmace leaves
    • 15-22cm

    TYPHA MINIMA (Miniature Bullrush)

    £9.00
    In 11cm basket
  41. 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

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