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Know your pond size? Find the right planting scheme here and we choose your plants:

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

For a wildlife pond size: 1-2sq m (9-20sq ft)pond area - go to Pond Scheme size 1  |  2-3.9sq m (21-41sq ft)pond area - Pond Scheme size 2

4-6.9sq m(43-65 sq ft)pond area - Pond Scheme size 3  |  7-14.9 sq m(75-160sq ft)pond area - Pond Scheme size 4  |  15-25 sq m(162-236 sq ft)pond area - Pond Scheme size 5

Each scheme can be chosen as 'Mainly British Native plants' or 'Any plants from our range'.

Each of our Pond planting schemes contains oxygenating plants, suitable rafting plants to cover the water surface and a selection of ready potted emergent water plants. All plants come rooted in mesh baskets of aquatic compost, if they require it, ready to place straight in the pond.

These will give a spread of foliage and flower interest across the seasons and of heights and growth types to enable the pond to have a balanced look.

They will also help the pond remain healthy and encourage a wide variety of wildlife into the area.

Plants to encourage Newts - the habitat needed to encourage the newt to lay eggs in April to June will contain small leaved plants. The female newt can fold these small leaves over her newly laid eggs and protect them from predators. This would include Myosotis scorpioides, Veronica beccabunga, Mentha aquatica, Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum.

Plants to encourage Dragonflies and damselflies - the larvae need oxygenating plants as cover and upright, emergent plants to climb up and leave the water when they are ready to become adults. Including iris varieties, Alisma plantago aquatica, Butomus umbellatus, Cyperus varieties

Plants to encourage pollinators - these can be pond plants or plants around the edge of the pond in the wet muddy zone or the damp soil. These are popular with insects, butterflies and bees. Including Caltha palustris, Butomus umbellatus, Iris varieties, Ranunculus flammula, Mentha cervina, Pontederia cordata varieties,

Schools looking to bring wildlife into the school environment will find the planting collections a useful way of quickly getting a balanced pond which is attractive to wildlife and creates interest throughout the year

Also available are Muddy Bog schemes for waterlogged <p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p> soil and Moist Plant schemes for areas that retain dampness <p>Suitable for moist soil (damp but drained)</p>  for multiples of 1 square metre of soil area. Plants for Pollinators include Eupatorium cannabinum, Primula veris, Filipendula ulmaria and Iris sibirica.

Read more about Planting schemes