Use a combination of shelf aquatic plants, submerged oxygenating plants, waterlilies and floating plants to create a healthy pond environment.
Our aquatic plants can be placed immediately into your pond or patio container pond as they are already rooted in aquatic compost in open mesh baskets (if the plant type requires to be potted and does not float freely).
You do not need to purchase any baskets or compost and do not have the worry that newly potted bareroot pieces will ‘float up’ when you lower the basket and plants into their positions in the pond.
Typical looking 11cm and 9cm basket marginal shelf plants ready for mail order dispatch (dependent on dispatch season). Plants may need to be cut down in the latter part of the season to allow them to fit into a box for dispatch.
When should I purchase pond plants?
Our rooted plants can be purchased and transferred to your pond at any time throughout the year except when there is ice on the pond so that you can place them immediately into your pond on their arrival. At any stage of the year, our plants will sit as happily in your pond as they would if they were still on the Nursery.
In a Winter or early season purchase the marginal plants may be dormant when placed in your pond but they will be ready to grow on as soon as the weather in your area encourages them.
Any submerged oxygenating plants would be delivered loose and will find their own best depth in the water (dependant on your pond water temperature) and they will help keep the water aerated for any creatures that may find your pond early.
The dormant waterlilies will rise in Spring in one journey from their new, permanent position in your pond.
How many plants do I need for my pond?
As a guidance we recommend a minimum of 3 x 1 litre or 3x 9cm marginal aquatic baskets per metre length on a shelf, with more if the shelf is wider than 30cm(12″) or if a full look is required quickly. Choose a selection of both upright marginal plants and horizontally rafting plants to give a balance for both wildlife and water quality.
Choose two portions of submerged oxygenating plants per square metre of pond surface area.
Choose a waterlily or waterlilies of the size that will give your pond at least a 50% coverage in 3 years. ie. the spread on the description page adds to 50% of your surface area.
The wider the shelves in the informal pond the easier it is to make the planting groups look natural. The aquatic pond plants are placed on the shelves in their baskets in groups so that an emergent, upright plant can be softened by a rafting aquatic plant at its feet provided that each is placed in the correct depth of water according to its individual plant label which gives you the depth of water required over the top of the basket.
If you have built a large pond that needs to look mature quickly then plant 3x 1 litre baskets of each variety into a contour basket (if your pond has a liner in it) as this will give a stronger look to the clump as it grows.
Tall plants in a linered pond will often blow over as they grow. Add 3x 1 litre baskets to one contour basket and fill all the surrounding space within the contour basket with gravel, this will add ballast to the group and the 3 baskets of plants will remain standing upright as the base is heavier.
The other use for this contour basket and gravel method is to solve the problem of too deep a shelf in a pond. If you have a shelf 25-30cm (10-12inches deep) and the plants you want to purchase like less water over their heads they need to be raised up.
You could place them on a block wrapped in spare liner or you could add gravel to the base of the contour basket and place the planted baskets on the top of this gravel so the plant crowns were in the right amount of water. Then fill in around the sides of the plant baskets with gravel to make them firm.
Other methods of planting a pond:
It is more successful if you keep aquatic pond plants in baskets rather than planting them all directly into mud on the shelves of a garden pond as the vigorous plants will take over the entire shelf area and the less vigorous plants will be swamped.
If you are planting into a large clay lined pond you could remove the basket and push the plant directly into the clay with the right depth of water over its basket top as indicated on the ticket but we advise that you keep each plant group well apart so you have more chance of controlling each variety.
Use a floating island basket for a pond with no shelves and no way of attaching the overgrowing mat to cover an area of the pond edge. The floating island basket can be tied back to an area of the pond side to keep it in an area or it can be left free to float wherever the wind takes it. Do not overfill the floating island as too much weight can sink them. It will hold 2 plants – preferably rafting and low clump forming rather than too tall which can overbalance the unit.