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 plants for the shelves
  • rafting 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

Use our Planting Schemes pageto get the right Starter Kit of plants from us:

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 mPond size in sq ftGo to Pond Scheme
1 - 29 - 20size 1
2 - 3.921 - 41size  2
4 - 6.943 - 65size  3
7 - 14.975 - 160size  4
15 - 25162 - 236size  5
Water surface area for each size Pond Planting Scheme.
  • We select the number and choice of plants you need based on the size of your surface area.
  • We select the best combination of plants available to give a balanced selection for all areas of the water.
  • This includes 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 either:

  • '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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