Planting a large Wildlife Pond
I have recently filled a big space in my garden with a large pond (30m x 12m). It has a shelf all around about 0.5m deep and the pond is a maximum of 1.5m deep. One end of the pond is much shallower (sloping gently to 0.5m) to create a bog garden effect (pic below as it was filling ). I have just realised what a huge pond I have created as I look at planting it up. It is 300,000 litres I think.
The aim is to create a wildlife pond and to plant accordingly. Fish are not the primary aim but it would be nice to have some. The aim is for a low maintenance , self-aerating, balanced pond that attracts insects, amphibians, birds, animals etc etc
I would now like to get the pond planted and wondered if people had recommendations for suitable native plants that were cost effective for aeration and pond cover and where to source them. I think I would be happy for the plants to grow into the pond over a season or two to keep costs sensible and maybe to adopt a phased approach.
As you may gather this is a longer term project and I aim to be learning as I go along ...but having fun as well!
All advice welcomed!