Setting up a new pond

Setting up a new pond

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 in your pond and as:
  • upright plants - stems and flowers rising up out of the water
  • rafting plants - horizontally growing along the water surface

 Planting Schemes pages:

We have already planned the requirements to set up each pond size. All you need to know is the surface area of your pond.

Pond size in sq m Pond size in sq ft Go to Pond Scheme
1 - 2 9 - 20 size 1
2 - 3.9 21 - 41 size  2
4 - 6.9 43 - 65 size  3
7 - 14.9 75 - 160 size  4
15 - 25 162 - 236 size  5
  • 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,  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

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