Planting a pond

Planting your pond 1   2   3   4   5   6  

Use a combination of shelf aquatic plants, submerged oxygenating plants & waterlilies 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 that 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 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
  • 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.
  • Plants purchased in Winter or early season 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 may sink as they find their own best depth in the water (dependent on your pond water temperature)

How many plants do I need for my pond?

  • A minimum of 3x 11cm 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 (sent in 11cm baskets) and horizontally rafting plants (sent in 9cm baskets) 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 using the spread details on the description page of each waterlily variety.

Plant grouping:

  • 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
  • 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.

If you have built a large pond that needs to look mature quickly then plant 3x 11cm 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 11cm 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 will stand upright as the base is heavier.
  • The other use for a contour basket is to raise a group of plants up from a deep shelf in a pond.
  • Put gravel in the base of the contour basket before adding the plants to raise them and then fill in the sides.

Other methods of planting a pond:

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.

Use a floating island basket for a pond with no shelves.

  • Tie the floating island basket back to the pond side to keep it in an area. Or leave it free to float wherever the wind takes it.
  • Do not overfill the floating island as too much weight can sink them. Plant up using plants from shelf Suitable for shelf depth 13-15cm(5-6”) or waterlogged mud .