Planting around the edge of a pond with moist or muddy plants

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Plants for around the edge of a pond:

Planting around the edge of a pond have to suit the soil conditions:

  • Choose to plant either <p>Suitable for moist soil (damp but drained)</p> moist plants or muddy plants  <p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p> in your prepared edge of pond area.
  • Your choice is dependent on how wet you expect the soil to be.
  • Choose the correct option in the 'Soil Conditions' filters in our plant finder search or shop pages.

Plants for moist soil <p>Suitable for moist soil (damp but drained)</p> : these require drained, moist soil not wet.

Plants for areas with wet mud & waterlogged in winter <p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p>:

  • Definition of wet mud:

    If you dig a hole next to the pond to a spades depth and it fills with water then the plants' roots will be sat in water. The soil is wet/waterlogged.

  • There are plants capable of having their roots in water but their crowns exposed on the mud surface. ie. These are shown here.
  • They are shown as Shelf Pond Plants on the Shop pages with <p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p> beneath the image.
  • Moist plants or muddy bog plants for planting around the edge of a pond are available for either a shaded site or a sunny one.

We have prepared collections available for each soil condition:

Planting outside the pond area:

  • A natural river or lake will have an area next to water that will be waterlogged.
  • As you move further away from the water the soil becomes less saturated and is moist.
  • The image above shows both soil conditions merging into each other in a prepared area.
  • The RH end of this edge around the pond is standing water so <p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p>  pond plants grow where the water drains to.
  • On the far LH end at the side of this pond moist loving plants grow because it is higher and better drained.
  • Both the 2 types of planting can live side by side if both have suitable soil conditions.
  • Your choice is dictated by the water/soil conditions in each planting zone.
  • Plant densely and give the wildlife cool shade to hide in, protection from predators, overwintering places, pollinating plants.
  • Create a focal point of colour and foliage interest around the pond to enjoy.

Media interest in Bog gardens

  • In the Great Garden Revival Thursday 9th January 2014 Charlie Dimmock built a pond with a planted wildlife zone enclosed within the pond water area.
  • For this you must fill the planting area with aquatic compost and use plants from the shelf <p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p> category that will accept their feet and crowns in water
  • Joe Swift covered Bog Gardens in the Great Garden Revival of 20th January 2015. He featured plants from both the <p>Suitable for moist soil (damp but drained)</p> and <p>Suitable for waterlogged soil (wet mud)</p> plant ranges to provide the right plants for different bog garden areas. Iris ensata and Astilbe species filmed at Marwood Hall are both <p>Suitable for moist soil (damp but drained)</p> and will not survive with their crowns or roots in water in Winter.