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Water plants for a wildlife pond

I created a wildlife pond from a preformed liner last autumn. It has sloped edges and will be in semi sun and semi shade. It is about 1metre long and about half a metre wide. Not very big. I am now thinking about what water plants to put in and have no idea where to start. None of the garden centres have any on stock at the moment and there is so much info online. So if anyone could give me the names of some plants that would be idea for a small pond or any good websites that would be great! Ps. The pond does not have a pump in it so would also need oxygenating plants image


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,122

    You'll need different plants for the deep parts and for the shallower areas - how deep is the deepest part and how deep are the shallower bits?

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • I am not sure in cms but the deepest part is probably up to my elbow if I put my arm in it and the shollowist to my wrist
  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    That's quite a small pond, so the number of plants it will hold will be limited. Pond plants tend to be vigourous growers too.

    As you say, you'll need an oxygenator - hornwort, milfoil or elodea. Then maybe a small water lily to cover part of the surface, and perhaps a small water iris, or other upright plant, at the side.

  • marsh marigold,lovely and golden ,fertility,water mint adds a little hint of scent.

  • Have a look at Stapelys Water Garden site. They sell miniature waterlilies which only need about 4ins depth of water to grow in. Their plants are excellent and arrive very well packed.

    You would only need one plant for your size of pond.

  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    As Lyon said, native pond plants can be very vigorous. Mint will rampage around include growing out of the pond but is OK if you keep on top of it. Native irises much too big and spreading as I know to my cost. Agree with Rose that marsh marigold is excellent. I like water forget-me-not which spreads around like the mint doeas and is also pretty easy to control.

  • Brooklime is a super little plant to use in conjunction with water forget me not.

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    A really convenient way to buy elodea (which is probably the most popular oxygenator) is through Amazon...


  • Erica938Erica938 Posts: 25

    I have a similar size pond and I bought my plants from they suggested I went for the native barrel collection

    I ordered my plants on Monday and I received them on the Wednesday by FedEx. If you are unsure on anything you can email them for advise. I put my plants in today and can't wait to see them mature.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,941

    John don't forget some planting alongside your pond for froglets to get a  bit of cover, and some shingle and assorted rocks etc to let wildlife in and out for drinking and bathing. Up here we have a chain of GC's called Dobbies and some branches have a good selection of pond plants so worth  checking what's in your area. I also used an online specialist nursery and will try to locate the name if I can. A  wildlife pond whatever the size is just so lovely and well worth the effort.image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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