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Plants for shady ponds

Help! My neighbours have just relocated some 4m high bamboo along the south side of my pond (on their side of the fence), meaning the pond will now be in shade for most of the day (except perhaps late afternoon). Can anyone recommend any pond plants that can survive in this situation, as my water lilies probably won’t like it much? I have about 70 goldfish and a good filtration system, but I worry about the balance being thrown off by so much shade. 
Or has anyone got a shady pond that is thriving, to give me hope? It’s a 15,000l or so pond, so relocating isn’t a viable option. Thank you! 


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    What a PITA :/
    Water hawthorn is fine in shade. So is Equisetum. I've had both in a shady site. Caltha -Marsh marigolds - too, both the common one and the white one are fine. Water mint doesn't usually mind shade too much either. 

    Have a look at some of the specialist sites too, for ideas : Devon Pond Plants, Waterside Nursery, Puddleplants etc.  They'll all have plenty of suggestions, whether it's for shallow or deeper sites. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Oh that’s great! I already have one water hawthorn, so will get a few more. I’m sure I put some water mint in last year but it hasn’t really thrived so I will have a dig around and see if it’s survived the winter. 

    Thanks for the website suggestions, I’ll check them out later. 

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