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Pond plants

Pond plants for sale grown by us are sent ready potted in a mesh basket & aquatic soil

To understand more about our shelf depth icons <p>Suitable for shelf depth 13-15cm(5-6”) or waterlogged mud </p> , <p>Suitable for shelf depth 14-22cm (approx 6-9”)</p>  or <p>Suitable for shelf depth 23-44cm (approx 10-17”)</p> please see table: or read Planting a pond pages in Tips and Advice 


Shelf depth in cms

Shelf depth in inches

w wet mud wet mud
0 13 -15 5 - 6
1 15 -22 6 - 9
2 23 - 44 10 - 17
3 45 + 18 +

 Shelf pond plants can be vertically emergent or horizontally rafting across the water surface.

Water depth is vital to pond plants Too deep and one variety will not thrive. Too shallow and some varieties will not receive the frost/ice protection over their crowns that they require and would receive from deeper water.

Before you build a pond you should take into account the depths of water preferred by different marginal pond plants and ensure you create the right depth shelving into your pond construction. See the Build a Pond section on the Tips and Advice pages for more information. Planting depth measurements given for each pond plant are from the top of the basket to the water surface level.You need to take into account the depth of the basket to calculate how deep the pond plant will be in the water when placed on a particular depth shelf. Basket heights: (9cm = 3i/2", 1 litre/11cm = 41/2" and 2 litre/15cm = 6") tall.

Planting in a wet, muddy, waterlogged, boggy area should also use pond plants of the <p>Suitable for shelf depth 13-15cm (5-6”) or waterlogged mud</p> category. These plants can stand with their roots in wet soil as well as on a shallow shelf of water at the pond edge but their crowns are able to be exposed to frost and ice on the mud surface.

Potted aquatic pond plants will quickly add foliage, colour and habitats for wildlife to the edge of the pond area. Shelf pond plants can be decorative, creating the mood of the pond. A formal setting can be created by planting one large basket in each corner of a regular shaped pond. Aquatic pond plants help to develop the setting that allows the clear reflective water and flowering waterlilies to show inside this frame, while creating habitats for the wildlife which visit the pond.

As a guidance we recommend a minimum number of shelf plants as 3 x 1 litre baskets per metre length on a pond shelf, with more if the shelf is wide or if a full look is required quickly.

Many pond plants appreciate sunshine and all will benefit from feeding with a pond plant fertilizer if they have been in your pond for a while.

To find a pond plant suitable for your existing pond you can use our Advanced Search or Sort by shelf depth on these pages. We have divided the pond plants shown on these pages into shelf <p>Suitable for shelf depth 13-15cm (5-6”)</p>,<p>Suitable for shelf depth 14-22cm (approx 6-9”) </p>, <p>Suitable for shelf depth 23-44cm (approx 10-17”)</p> according to the depth of shelf they are likely to require. Please note that some plants can handle a variety of shelf depths and only the shallowest depth is shown on the category page. All potential shelf depths are shown on the More Information page for each plant with all its details.

If you are planting a new pond you also need to consider all the different ares of the pond. There are oxygenating plants which grow under the water and rafting plants or water lilies for the water surface. Along with the marginal shelf pond plants these will create a well balanced pond that will not look green or cloudy.

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