Setting up a new pond you will need:

  • oxygenating plants 
  • waterlilies and other surface cover plants
  • upright pond plants for the shelves
  • rafting pond plants for the shelves

Purchase sufficient quantities of each type of plant by looking at the individual pages of the website and selecting the ones you like.

  • oxygenating plants should be planted at 2 portions per m2 of surface area
  • waterlilies are chosen by the depth of water available 
  • shelf plants are chosen by shelf depth available and as upright plants – stems and flowers rising up out of the water
  • and rafting plants – horizontally growing along the water surface

Or look at our Planting Schemes pages where we have already planned the requirements to start each pond size.

  • To get this help from our Planting Schemes pages all you need to know is the surface area of your pond.
  • We choose the number and selection of plants you need based on the size of your pond.
  • We  select the best combination of plants available to give a balanced selection for all areas of the pond water
  • We include interest in foliage and flower throughout the season 
  • We consider different wildlife habitats – rafting shelf plants for newts, upright shelf plants for dragonflies, late flowering plants for insect pollinators.

You can choose whether to have

  • ‘Mainly British Native plants’ – allows us to add some Non Natives to extend flower and interest
  • ‘British Native plants only’ – restricts the season of interest but is important to some customers
  • ‘Any plant’ in our range – allows more colour from waterlilies and flowers and can include British Native plants too